The first losing streak of the season didn't cause the Ready High School boys basketball team to panic.
The Silver Knights bounced back from a two-game skid to beat DeSales 43-35 on Feb. 7. They were 13-5 overall before playing Marion Elgin on Feb. 11 and finished 4-4 in the CCL.
Ready lost to Watterson 46-38 on Jan. 31 and Washington Court House 55-52 in overtime Feb. 1. Watterson won the Division II state title last season and Washington Court House was 14-3 before playing Clarksville Clinton-Massie on Feb. 11.
"We've been hanging with teams that are great-caliber teams," senior post player Matt Yoho said. "If we can hang with a team like Watterson, I have a good feeling we'll do well in the tournament."
The Knights received the second seed for the Division III district tournament and open the postseason Feb. 26 at home against 13th-seeded Columbus Academy or 15th-seeded Galion Northmor.
Against Washington Court House, Shane Lee had 17 points and Alec Holt added 12. Jimmy Hanley led the Knights with 14 points against DeSales.
Ready has regular-season games remaining Friday, Feb. 14, at Yellow Springs and Saturday, Feb. 15, at Washington Court House Miami Trace.
Girls basketball team set to open tourney
The girls basketball team is seeded fourth in the Division III district tournament and opens the postseason Saturday, Feb. 15, at home against 18th-seeded Cardington.
The winner plays host to 20th-seeded Columbus School for Girls in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The Knights beat Jonathan Alder 56-43 on Feb. 10 and were 14-5 before playing Newark Catholic on Feb. 12. Cardington entered the week 5-14.
Ready tied Watterson for second in the CCL at 5-3, behind DeSales (6-2) and ahead of Hartley (4-4) and CSG (0-8).
In a 57-51 win over Hartley on Feb. 8, Delaney Cutteridge scored 17 points and Caroline Riewe had 13 points, five assists and four steals. Ready avenged a 57-56 triple-overtime loss to the Hawks on Jan. 9.
Against Jonathan Alder, Margie Berkemeyer had 20 points and nine rebounds, Bobbie Menke had six points and 10 rebounds and Riewe had seven points and seven assists.
Wrestlers take third in CCL
The wrestling team scored 179 points to finish third in the CCL tournament Feb. 1 at St. Charles behind Hartley (307) and the host Cardinals (186.5) and ahead of DeSales (166) and Watterson (114).
Winning titles were Steven Pozz (132 pounds), Dalton Scott (145), Patrick Stover (152) and Patrik Garren (heavyweight).
The Knights compete Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, in a Division III sectional at Cardington. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the district tournament Feb. 21 and 22 at Heath.
Girls bowlers win league title
The girls bowling team beat DeSales 1,852-1,567 on Feb. 6 to earn at least a share of the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division title.
Ready's match against Beechcroft on Feb. 5 was postponed. The Knights were 11-0 in the league before Feb. 11, while Northland was 10-1 but had yet to face Brookhaven.
On Feb. 8 in the 11-team Conference Roll-Off at Holiday Lanes, Ready finished third (2,952) behind Briggs (3,293) and Westerville South (3,166). Paige Sutfin rolled a 599 series to place fourth, Marina Sweet was sixth (577) and Madison Whitehead was 10th (567).
The boys team was 11-4 overall and 10-3 in the league, but had yet to face Beechcroft. Andrew Rinehart was leading in average at 190.3, followed by Ryan O'Harra (176.9), Payne VanTilburg (173.4), Ron Morrison (168.9) and Zach Bair (165.1).
Ready competes in a Division II sectional Friday, Feb. 14, at Sawmill Lanes. The top 14 boys teams and top 14 boys not on qualifying teams and the top 12 girls teams and top 12 girls not on qualifying teams advance to district Feb. 22 at HP Lanes.
Bolten advances to district swim meet
Sophomore Savannah Bolten will represent the swimming program in the Division II district meet Friday, Feb. 14, at Ohio State.
Bolten is seeded 30th (2 minutes, 41.29 seconds) in the girls meet in the 200-yard individual medley and 24th (1:13.19) in the 100 butterfly.
On Feb. 8 in a sectional at Upper Arlington, the boys team was last (17) of five teams behind champion Grandview (309) and the girls were last (106) behind Grandview (470) and Wellington (293). Bolten was first in the 200 IM.
At district, the top two swimmers in each event advance to the state meet Wednesday, Feb. 19, through Feb. 21 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.