Miranda Frase has been a solid contributor for the Grove City High School girls basketball program for four years, but this season, she has taken her game to a new level.
A starter in the backcourt all four years, she moved from shooting guard to point guard before this season and has excelled, according to coach Dale Corbett.
"The single biggest thing that I see improvement out of her is she can now involve everybody else in the offense," Corbett said. "She's become a really good player where she'll penetrate and pass. Her vision on the court has improved dramatically."
Frase credits the coaching staff for her development.
"I've changed so much since my freshman year," she said. "My game is just so much stronger because Corbett and our coaches are really good and I just love them. Our coaches just work so well with everybody. They get them ready for the next level and they're really great coaches. Coach Corbett is pretty much like my family. He's such a good guy. He always looks out for everybody."
Although her team was 7-11 overall before playing Gahanna on Feb. 5, Frase has been pleased with the Greyhounds' improvement from last season when they finished 5-16.
"Everybody has got just so much better and just matured so much over the years," she said. "With coach Corbett and (assistant coach) Mindy (Eisnaugle) coming along, the program is going to get better and better every year."
Frase has yet to earn postseason recognition during her career, but Corbett hopes that will change this season.
"A four-year starter in (the OCC-Ohio Division), there's not many of those, but she's had a real good year," Corbett said.
Grove City closes the regular season at Lancaster on Friday, Feb. 8, before preparing for the Division I district tournament. The Greyhounds open at Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 16, with the winner playing New Albany or Thomas Worthington in the second round Feb. 20.
Frase scored 19 points in a 61-54 overtime loss at home against Lancaster on Jan. 8. She had 15 points and guard Ashley Antrobus scored 10 in a 57-51 home loss to Newark on Jan. 29.
Forward Bree Kilgus scored 10 points in a 57-34 loss at Pickerington Central on Feb. 1. The Greyhounds led 12-11 after one quarter, but were outscored 18-5 in the second.
"If you're 7-11, you have some holes and our holes were totally exposed," Corbett said. "Pickerington Central just has a bunch of really good guards and they just pressure you all night. When we go deep on the bench, we don't have enough ball-handlers. That's about as kind a way as I can put it."
Through 18 games, Kilgus was averaging a team-high 10.1 points, followed by Frase (8.4) and center Kristen Mesler (7.7).
"I'd like to see us finish strong. I just want to play well and then maybe get one or two (wins) in the tournament," Corbett said.
Frase would like to play in college and said she soon will choose her school.
"It feels like I just started playing yesterday," she said of her Grove City career. "It's been a lot of fun and I can't wait to keep moving on and go to college."
Central Crossing looks to bounce back
Central Crossing entered its game against Thomas on Feb. 5 looking to end a three-game losing streak.
The Comets lost at home against Upper Arlington 36-30 on Jan. 29 as forward Javon Graham scored eight points.
Guards Jalynn Graham (17 points) and Regina Lewis (11) led Central Crossing during a 50-44 home loss to Dublin Coffman on Feb. 1.
Before Feb. 5, Coffman was first in the OCC-Central at 11-1, followed by Hilliard Davidson (10-2) and Liberty (8-4).
The Comets close the regular season at home against Marysville on Friday, Feb. 8.
In its district tournament opener, Central Crossing will visit Dublin Jerome on Feb. 16. The winner will play Dublin Scioto or Lancaster on Feb. 20.
"We had some tough games the past week," coach Neil Hohman said. "We just need to figure out how to finish games at the end. On the positive side, the girls have been working hard and keeping each other upbeat even though we have not been getting the wins we would like. Hopefully we can end the regular season on a positive note and have some momentum for a tournament run."
Through 19 games, Jalynn Graham averaged a team-high 13.8 points, followed by point guard Brooklyn Wooten (12.1).
Wooten sustained a concussion in a 38-34 win over Westerville Central on Jan. 22 and Hohman said there is no timetable for her return.