Graham does it all for Central Crossing
Since taking over the program four years ago, Central Crossing High School girls basketball coach Neil Hohman has looked to guard Jalynn Graham for key contributions.
The senior rarely has disappointed, Hohman said, including this season as Graham has helped the Comets remain competitive.
"We look to her to do everything for us," Hohman said. "Obviously to be a leader, and to score and rebound. I never have to worry about her not playing hard. She puts forth the effort. She does everything she can."
Last season, the Comets set a program record for wins as they finished 18-4. They lost to Newark 49-40 in the second round of the Division I district tournament after beating Pickerington Central 30-25 in the first round.
The program's previous mark for wins came in 2004-05, when the Comets finished 15-6.
Led by Graham, the Comets are looking to advance past the second round of the district tournament for the first time.
"I love it, depending on me to do stuff, be a leader," she said. "I like that stuff."
Central Crossing was 9-6 overall before playing Westerville Central on Jan. 22, but it appears to be out of the OCC-Central Division race at 4-5 in the league.
Dublin Coffman and Hilliard Davidson are tied for first at 8-1.
Hohman, however, hopes for a strong finish to the regular season to give his team momentum heading into the postseason.
The Comets avenged an earlier league loss to Olentangy Liberty by defeating the visiting Patriots 45-40 on Jan. 18 as Graham led the way with 18 points.
The Comets lost to the Patriots 53-30 on Dec. 7, but Graham missed the game with a concussion.
"They embarrassed us and I was out that first game, so for me to come back and help my team beat them was good," Graham said.
Central Crossing lost at Dublin Scioto 52-51 in overtime Jan. 19 as Graham scored 15 points and her twin, post player Javon Graham, scored 11.
"In the end, it's a non-league game, but I told them it's kind of like a tournament game, because we're going to be playing a team like this in the tournament that we want to compete with and beat," Hohman said.
The Comets had won four of their previous five games.
"It's a tough loss," Jalynn said. "To keep losing like this is not good. We couldn't finish the game."
Jalynn averaged a team-best 15.1 points through her first 14 games. Last season, she averaged a team-high 14.5 points and was named first-team all-league and third-team all-district.
Jalynn played point guard the previous two seasons but has played other positions this year with the addition of senior point guard Brooklyn Wooten, who transferred from Teays Valley.
Jalynn and Wooten are expected to attend Division II Walsh University in North Canton, where they would be teammates on the basketball team.
Jalynn also has been able to play the past three seasons on varsity with her sister, who has emerged as a starter this season.
"I believe we're doing better," Javon said.
"More people are starting to shoot and we're starting to act more like a team. I'm getting better at my shooting skills since we do a lot of shooting drills in practice. It's starting to flow better."
Greyhounds defeat Franklin Heights
Grove City defeated Frank-lin Heights 64-42 on Jan. 19 in the Erin Crenshaw Classic at Westland.
Senior post player Kristen Mesler had 16 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks. Junior forward Bree Kilgus scored 12 points.
Grove City lost to Reynoldsburg 97-31 on Jan. 18 in an OCC-Ohio game.