Central Crossing High School girls basketball coach Neil Hohman believed his team desperately needed a win Jan. 4 when it visited struggling Hilliard Darby.
The Comets delivered, rallying for a 39-26 victory that snapped a five-game losing streak.
Central Crossing was 3-9 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Marysville on Jan. 8.
Darby was 0-11 before playing Westerville Central on Jan. 8.
"We just have to have some confidence," Hohman said. "We just lost all confidence the last couple of games and couldn't score any points. We just have to move in a positive direction and have some good practices. We have to work on getting better and improving and not staying complacent."
Central Crossing hadn't won since Dec. 13, a 35-23 victory over Hilliard Davidson.
Against Darby, the Comets fell behind 14-5 in the second quarter and trailed 18-14 at halftime, but outscored the Panthers 15-4 in the third for a 29-22 lead.
Michaela Dorsey's two baskets gave the Comets the lead for good at 22-20, and Hayley Whitt closed the quarter with a three-point play to give her team the seven-point edge.
Dorsey finished with 14 points and Whitt had 13 points and nine rebounds.
"Michaela played great defensively and finished some shots in the fourth quarter that helped us extend the lead," Hohman said. "Hayley did a good job being aggressive and getting some buckets when we needed them."
Antishay Rahim had 10 rebounds.
"It was nice to see the ball go in the basket," Hohman said. "We've just been struck a few times this year, especially when we can't score. We're missing a variety of shots that we can hit. We just have to put them in."
Central Crossing lost a league game at Thomas Worthington 32-22 on Jan. 3. The Comets led 20-12 at halftime, but were held scoreless in the third quarter and outscored 15-2 in the fourth.
Whitt said it was important for the Comets to bounce back against Darby after they couldn't hold the lead against Thomas.
"It was sweet," she said. "We had a bad game (against Thomas) and we came back (the next day) and we wanted it more than (the Panthers) did.
"We're just going to keep improving. We're not going to stop. We're just going to work hard every day in practice."
Central Crossing visits Westland on Friday, Jan. 10. The Comets lost the first meeting at home 54-30 on Nov. 29.
Comets boys looking to end losing streak
The Central Crossing boys team enters its home game against Marysville on Friday, Jan. 10, looking to snap a seven-game losing streak.
The Comets are 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Central.
Central Crossing lost both games to the Cougars last season, 94-69 and 78-64, and trail the series 10-3.
"Westland is our natural rivalry," coach Anthony Mangette said. "We're looking forward to it. Everybody in our program -- freshmen, j.v., varsity -- are all looking forward to getting on a winning streak."
Central Crossing lost at home against Thomas 53-44 in a league game Jan. 3. Luke Cameron scored 15 points and Dwight Diggs had 13.
"Defense is not the issue," Mangette said. "Offensively, we could not put the ball in the basket. We got some open looks on the perimeter (and) inside, and it was a variety of people. We just didn't get anything to fall."
The Comets' league game Jan. 7 at Marysville was postponed until Wednesday, Jan. 15, because of bad weather.
Greyhounds boys lose consecutive games
The Grove City boys team was 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Lancaster on Jan. 8.
Gahanna, Newark and Pickerington Central entered the week tied for first in the league at 4-1.
Grove City lost at Gahanna 79-52 on Jan. 3 after trailing 44-18 at halftime. Nick Bapst led the Greyhounds with 16 points.
The Greyhounds also fell to visiting Thomas 76-71 on Jan. 4 after they were outscored 31-23 in the fourth quarter.
"They scored 31 points on us in the fourth quarter and that's unacceptable defensively for us to give up that many points in one quarter, and that ended up costing us," coach Greg Waits said.
Bapst scored 24 points and Tyler Dunn added 10.
"We struggled a little bit over the holidays, but we're going to get back into our routine starting (Jan. 6) and start the new year off a little bit better," Waits said.
Greyhounds girls fall to Gahanna
The Grove City girls team was outscored 14-8 in the fourth quarter and fell at home to Gahanna 49-46 in a league game Jan. 3.
Jen Draper led Grove City with 19 points, including 10 free throws. Anna Conti added 14.
The Greyhounds were 5-6 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Lancaster on Jan. 8.