Even though the Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team entered its 17-day holiday break on a four-game winning streak, coach Lisa Cady still is searching for more consistent play on defense.

Even though the Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team entered its 17-day holiday break on a four-game winning streak, coach Lisa Cady still is searching for more consistent play on defense.

The Wildcats had their best effort of the season last Friday, beating Central Crossing 51-31. Three days earlier, though, Davidson gave up a multitude of easy baskets during a 63-59 win at Worthington Kilbourne.

The Wildcats have given up 39 or fewer points in four of their five victories, but they've surrendered anywhere from 54 to 68 in their three losses.

"We have a lot to work on defensively because we're not playing good enough defense to win our league," Cady said. "We have the ability and speed to play good pressure defense, like we did last year, but we've had a lack of focus. It's definitely fixable. We just need a change in our mindset. We're going to work on having better help-side defense, contesting shooters and rebounding. Those are the areas that have been the most inconsistent."

On Jan. 6, the Wildcats will return to action by playing host to OCC-Central Division-rival Dublin Coffman. The Shamrocks, who beat Davidson 58-54 and 48-40 during the regular season and 59-49 in a Division I district final a year ago, are first in the area coaches poll.

Coffman routed Thomas Worthington 77-29 last Friday to improve to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Central heading into a non-league game last Sunday against Toledo Waite and a league game last Tuesday against Hilliard Darby. The Shamrocks also will compete in the West Chester Lakota West tournament Saturday and Sunday.

Coffman has size in the post in Carly Weisenbach (6-foot-3), Becca Bornhorst (6-1), Alex Blair (6-1), Meredith Stranges (6-0) and Lindsay Zitzke (5-10).

The Shamrocks also have a talented point guard in Sam MacKay, a Dayton recruit.

Davidson post players Liz Saxton(5-11), Alex Blackmon (5-10) and Megan Epps (6-0) can't match Coffman's size, but point guard Addie Goodwin said she is confident the Wildcats will find a way to stop the Shamrocks from getting uncontested looks.

"We're not scared of their height," Goodwin said. "We'll use our physical strength against them to get in good position to defend and rebound. What happened last year is over. We have the athletes, speed and determination to beat them if we play well."

After averaging only 44 points their first four games, the Wildcats averaged 56.8 points their past four contests. Goodwin is averaging 12.9 points, followed by Brittany Cheese (11.4), Jamie Caton (7.9) and Rebekah Kauffman (6.4).

"We need to rebound and push the ball and we'll do some damage," Goodwin said. "When we're in half-court, we need to be patient and quit forcing things offensively. We're still rushing shots at times, so there's a lot of room for improvement."

*The boys team will play host Saturday to Tallmadge.

The game holds special significance for coach Kevin Logsdon, who graduated from Tallmadge in 1984. Logsdon was a freshman during Tallmadge coach Jon Karmuth's senior year at the same school.

"It's a pretty tight-knit program where all of their coaches played for Tallmadge and everyone stills keeps in touch," Logsdon said. "My dad still lives there and I have a lot of old friends who I see at games when we play them. Last year, they framed my (No. 24) jersey and that meant a lot to me."

Tallmadge lost to Barberton 51-41 last Friday to drop to 5-1. The Blue Devils are led by seniors Jake Mays (6-8 center), Ed Householder (6-6 forward), Matt Keen (6-0 guard), Corey Armbruster (6-2 forward) and Craig Siesel (5-7 guard).

Householder scored 18 points in a 56-54 victory over Davidson a year ago.

Through five games, Tyler Backstrom was leading Davidson in scoring at 14.6 points per game, followed by Grant Goodwin (13.4) and Hunter Broadstone (8.8).

"Mays and Householder are their best players," Logsdon said. "Householder is a hard matchup because he can post up when a smaller guy is on him and he can take it out on the perimeter when a bigger guy guards him. We've got to play good help-defense and really guard these guys. How well we've done this year has come down to how well we've played defense. Tyler Backstrom has done a nice job of blocking and altering shots inside."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Davidson boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS

*Dec. 16 -- Defeated Worthington Kilbourne 64-44. Tyler Backstrom scored 17 points, Grant Goodwin had 12 and Hunter Broadstone added 10.

*Last Friday -- Def. Central Crossing 60-49. Goodwin scored 17 points and Backstrom had 16.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Canton GlenOak 75-67

Saturday -- Home vs. Tallmadge

Of note: The Wildcats were 4-1 overall and are 3-1 in the OCC-Central.

GIRLS

*Dec. 16 -- Def. Kilbourne 63-59. Addie Goodwin scored 19 points and Jamie Caton had 18 .

*Last Friday -- Def. Central Crossing 51-31. Brittany Cheese scored 14 points.

*Jan. 6 -- Home vs. Dublin Coffman

Of note: The Wildcats are 5-3 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central game