Grove City High School girls basketball coach Dale Corbett believes a good gauge on his team's progress is how it performs in league contests.
He thinks the Greyhounds began heading in the right direction after they earned their first OCC-Ohio Division win of the season, a 79-44 victory Dec. 13 at Groveport.
The Greyhounds were 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the league after losing to Newark 77-46 on Dec. 16.
"Winning those league games are nice," Corbett said. "All those non-league (wins) are great, but where your measuring stick is (how your team plays in the) league."
Grove City dominated Groveport, building a 46-8 lead in the second quarter. Freshman point guard Anna Conti led the way with 17 points, 10 steals, six rebounds and four assists.
"Conti had a monster game," Corbett said.
Michaela Antrobus scored 14 points, Jen Draper had 11 points and six assists and Kayla Mitchell added 10 points.
"We had real good, crisp ball movement," Corbett said. "Of course, when you start making shots, everything looks better."
Grove City also held off host Beechcroft 55-45 on Dec. 12 after the Greyhounds led 26-10 at halftime but were outscored 22-7 in the third quarter.
The Cougars tied the game at 35 on Terika Broady's steal and layup with six minutes remaining, but Grove City closed on a 20-10 run.
Mitchell scored 14 points and Cayla Maddy added 10.
"I'm happy with the team and the way things are going," Draper said. "It was tough once we lost the lead, but we pulled through."
Grove City will face a challenge when it visits Pickerington Central on Friday, Dec. 20. The Tigers, who defeated Grove City 53-33 and 57-34 last season, were 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the league before playing Pickerington North on Dec. 17.
Comets girls win at Davidson
The Central Crossing girls team earned its first OCC-Central win by defeating host Hilliard Davidson 35-23 on Dec. 13.
Michaela Dorsey led the Comets with 10 points.
"It was a good win," coach Neil Hohman said. "We had a good run in the second and third quarter. We had a 15-point lead, which is good. We hit about four shots in a row in the third quarter, which is probably one of the first times all year that has happened. I like to see the ball going in the basket and we passed it well, too."
Central Crossing is 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the league entering its home game Friday, Dec. 20, against Dublin Coffman. The Shamrocks were 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the league before playing Thomas Worthington on Dec. 17.
Last season, Coffman defeated Central Crossing 44-37 and 50-44 and shared the league title with Davidson at 12-2.
Central Crossing lost to visiting Gahanna 42-28 on Dec. 10 as Antishay Rahim scored 11 points.
"We're really working on ball control and making ourselves have a better chance to win some games," Hohman said.
"The ones we've lost, we've been blown out and haven't had a chance to even compete in some of them. We're trying to work on keeping ourselves in games and trying to get some leads late in the game, or at least have a chance to win it at the end."
Comets boys start slow in league play
The Central Crossing boys team is on a three-game losing streak after a 72-32 loss to Upper Arlington in an OCC-Central game Dec. 16.
The Comets, 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the league, lost 50-43 at home to Davidson on Dec. 13.
Central Crossing led 13-9 after one quarter but was outscored 17-8 in the second.
Andrew Russell made three 3-pointers and led the Comets with 13 points. His brother, Marc Russell, added 10 points.
Central Crossing lost a league game at Olentangy Liberty 68-44 on Dec. 10 as Marc Russell scored nine points.
Greyhounds boys pick up two wins
The Grove City boys team was 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Newark on Dec. 17.
The Greyhounds defeated visiting Teays Valley 79-51 on Dec. 14 as Nick Bapst scored a game-high 29 points and Tyler Dunn added 12.
The Greyhounds bounced back from their first league setback -- a 76-66 loss at Reynoldsburg on Dec. 10 -- to defeat visiting Groveport 96-66 on Dec. 13.
Bapst scored 21 points, Dunn and Brandon Chapman each scored 12, Drew Bapst scored 11 and Scott Luchini scored 10.