Grove City High School boys basketball coach Greg Waits has set a high standard for his program.
That's why he wasn't totally satisfied with his team's 17-7 overall record and fourth-place finish in the OCC-Ohio Division.
The 12th-seeded Greyhounds closed the season by losing to third-seeded Upper Arlington 55-45 in a Division I district semifinal March 5 at Marysville.
"Moral victories and just having a good season is not good enough," Waits said. "We like to win championships here. Obviously, we think we had a good season, but not a great season because we didn't win a league championship or a district championship. Those are always our goals."
Grove City led UA 14-12 after one quarter before being outscored 22-9 in the second. The Golden Bears opened a 48-33 lead after three quarters.
Junior guard Nick Bapst led Grove City with 11 points and senior guard Scottie Luchini scored eight.
Luchini viewed the season as a success.
"It was a great season," he said. "We overachieved. We had 17 wins. I didn't think we'd get that many."
Luchini and guards Tyler Cowles and Tyler Dunn were the team's seniors.
"You hate to wish your seniors goodbye," Waits said. "You love those three boys. The three seniors have put a lot of time into the program and they had a great year. We're very proud of them. There were some tears shed, but kids are great, they bounce back."
After a first-round bye, Grove City defeated 23rd-seeded Franklin Heights 79-75 in the second round Feb. 28 at home.
Bapst led the team in scoring, averaging 20.8 points. He was first-team all-league and second-team all-district.
Dunn was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district after averaging 11.6 points.
Junior guard Drew Bapst, Nick's cousin, averaged 9.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. He was honorable mention all-league.
Others eligible to return are junior guards Ryan Grooms, Kyle Laffin, Joey Mahoney, Robbie Jobe, Delane Streeter and Chris Such and sophomore guards Brandon Chapman, Mark Rader and Sam Saxton.
The Greyhounds went 9-5 in the OCC-Ohio to finish behind tri-champions Gahanna, Newark and Pickerington Central (11-3) and ahead of Reynoldsburg (8-6), Groveport (4-10), Pickerington North (2-12) and Lancaster (0-14).
Gahanna, Newark and Pickerington Central reached district finals, and Central won a district title.
"It's a tough division, but we hung in tough against those teams, though," Luchini said. "I thought we were pretty good."
Grove City girls did not lack leadership
Grove City girls coach Dale Corbett was pleased with the contributions of seniors Michaela Antrobus, Megan Darst, Jen Draper, Bree Kilgus and Jordan Sargent.
"That's a good group," Corbett said. "Good numbers, too. What was a strength of the team, which is depth, graduates. That's no longer there now. The seniors were all good teammates of the young kids."
The Greyhounds finished 11-12 overall and 4-10 in the OCC-Ohio. Seeded 28th in the Division I district tournament, Grove City lost at 12th-seeded Hilliard Bradley 51-46 in the first round Feb. 17.
Draper, a guard who opted not to play as a junior, averaged a team-best 10.7 points. She was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Freshman guard Gina Conti led the team in rebounds at 7.3 per game, along with assists and steals. She was honorable mention all-district and special mention all-league.
"You knew Jen coming back and Gina coming in were going to be great help," Corbett said.
Junior guard Kayla Mitchell was honorable mention all-league.
Others eligible to return are juniors Kaycee Damron (guard), Cayla Maddy (guard) and Tabitha Reid (center) and sophomore Ally Hutchison (guard).
Grove City finished sixth in the league behind Reynoldsburg (12-2), Gahanna (10-4), Newark (10-4), Pickerington Central (9-5) and Pickerington North (8-6) and ahead of Lancaster (3-11) and Groveport (0-14).
Reynoldsburg was a regional runner-up.
Central Crossing girls to lose seven seniors
The Central Crossing girls team finished 5-18 overall and 1-13 in the OCC-Central.
Seeded 38th in the Division I district tournament, the Comets lost at second-seeded UA 49-27 in the first round Feb. 17.
Central Crossing loses seven seniors, including guard Michaela Dorsey, who led the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game. She was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Sophomore forward Antishay Rahim, who averaged a team-best 7.9 rebounds, was honorable mention all-league.
Sophomore forward Hayley Whitt was second on the team in scoring, averaging 5.6 points.
Others eligible to return are juniors Cari Allen (guard), Mackenzie Pugh (post player), Allyson Johnson (guard) and Demi Knight (guard).
Central Crossing tied Hilliard Davidson for seventh in the league behind UA (13-1), Coffman (12-2), Olentangy Liberty (10-4), Westland (8-6), Marysville (6-8) and Thomas Worthington (5-9).
Central Crossing defeated Davidson 35-23 on Dec. 13 for its league win. The Comets also defeated Grove City 48-47 in overtime Dec. 2.
"Towards the end of the year, I thought we got better as a team," coach Neil Hohman said. "We started off the year a little slow. It took us awhile player-wise and coaching-wise to get a feel of what we were about. It took a little longer than we would have liked and we might not have got the wins by the end of the year, but I thought we were playing pretty well and competing with some good teams."