The Ready High School boys basketball team believes it is back on track heading into the Division III district tournament.
From Jan. 4 through Feb. 1, the Silver Knights went 4-4, including losing twice to Hartley (54-46 on Jan. 4 and 54-49 on Jan. 17).
Ready then used a 9-0 run to close out a 43-35 win over DeSales on Feb. 7 and defeated Marion Elgin 70-38 on Feb. 11. The Knights followed by beating Yellow Springs 69-37 on Feb. 14 and Washington Court House Miami Trace 64-52 on Feb. 15 to improve to 16-5 overall.
Against Elgin, Shane Lee scored 17 points, Myles Fowler had 14 and Josh Gantz added 12. Ready made 10 3-pointers.
Jimmy Hanley led the Knights with 22 points against Yellow Springs and 21 against Miami Trace.
"We had a stretch a couple weeks ago that we didn't play very well," coach Don Worstell said. "Then you get to the tournament draw and it kind of invigorates everyone."
Ready tied Hartley and St. Charles for second (4-4) in the CCL behind Watterson (8-0) and ahead of DeSales (0-8).
The Knights received the second seed for the district tournament and open Wednesday, Feb. 26, at home against 13th-seeded Columbus Academy or 15th-seeded Galion Northmor.
The winner plays sixth-seeded Centerburg or 16th-seeded East Knox in a district semifinal March 4 at Hilliard Davidson. The winner advances to a district final March 6 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, with the champion advancing to the regional tournament at Ohio University.
Academy was 9-12 before playing Johnstown on Feb. 18. Northmor was 5-14 before playing Crestline on Feb. 19.
"We were pleased to be seeded No. 2," Worstell said. "There's always a lot of hard decisions and we felt like the bracket going to (Ohio University) was favorable compared to the one going to Bowling Green. Northmor plays in the MOAC and Columbus Academy is in the (MSL-Ohio), so they both play in pretty good leagues.
"We're pleased with the kids. We battled through a couple tough shooting games. We are very balanced and we even have a couple kids on our bench that can score."
Girls basketball team opens tournament
One of the best stretches for the girls basketball team took place during the final two weeks of the regular season.
After falling to Watterson 43-37 on Jan. 23, the Knights won their next five, including over DeSales (52-45 on Jan. 30), Columbus School for Girls (65-15 on Feb. 6) and Hartley (57-51 on Feb. 8). The win over Hartley avenged a 57-56 triple-overtime loss Jan. 9.
Ready was seeded fourth in the Division III district tournament and opened with a 64-31 win over 18th-seeded Cardington on Feb. 15. The Knights were 15-6 before playing 20th-seeded CSG in a second-round game Feb. 19.
The winner plays third-seeded Marion Pleasant, 12th-seeded Utica or 19th-seeded Horizon Science in a district semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Worthington Christian Middle School. The district final is March 1 at the same site.
"Offensively we're probably executing as well as we have all season," coach Joe Lang said. "The kids are really starting to understand ball movement and ball reversal."
If Ready reaches a district final, it could play second-seeded North Union, which it lost to 50-43 on Jan. 18.
"We've seen Pleasant twice, and that will be a big game if we get to that point," Lang said. "North Union's good. I think those are two teams we can beat."
Against Cardington, Lauren Ruth, Caroline Riewe and Delaney Cutteridge each scored 16 points. Cutteridge had eight assists and Riewe had seven steals.
Four wrestlers qualify for district tourney
The wrestling team will have four competitors in the district tournament Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, at Heath.
Entering as No. 1 seeds after winning sectional titles are Patrik Garren (heavyweight, 39-1 overall) and Patrick Stover (152 pounds, 33-4). Will Martello (160, 28-13) and Steven Pozz (132, 38-9) each placed third at sectional.
The top four finishers in each weight class at district advance to the state tournament Feb. 27-March 1 at Ohio State.
Ready finished sixth (106.5) of 18 teams at sectional Feb. 14 and 15 at Cardington behind champion Hartley (190.5).
Bowling teams advance to district
The boys and girls bowling teams each advanced to district in Division II.
The district tournament is Saturday, Feb. 22, at HP Lanes. The top three boys teams and the top three individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state Feb. 28 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The top two girls teams and top two individuals not on qualifying teams advance to state March 1 at the same site.
The girls placed third (3,231) in the 21-team sectional Feb. 14 at Sawmill Lanes behind Buckeye Valley (3,572) and Cardington (3,394) as the top 12 advanced. Paige Sutfin led the Knights with a sixth-place finish (561), followed by Jordan Bair (14th, 495), Marina Sweet (25th, 451), Kay-Lee Dunkle (31st, 442) and Madison Whitehead (67th, 369).
The boys were seventh (3,724) in a 30-team sectional at Sawmill Lanes behind champion Buckeye Valley (4,195). Ryan O'Hara was 10th (618), followed by Payne VanTilburg (27th, 575), Andy Rinehart (59th, 496) and Ron Morrison (67th, 476).
Bolten comes up short at district
Sophomore Savannah Bolten's season ended in the Division II district swimming and diving meet Feb. 14 at Ohio State.
Bolten finished 26th in the 100-yard butterfly (1 minute, 13.32 seconds) and 27th in the 200 individual medley (2:39.05).