In its next two games, the Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team will take on OCC-Central Division opponents that it has already beaten this season.

In its next two games, the Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team will take on OCC-Central Division opponents that it has already beaten this season.

The Wildcats will play Friday at Central Crossing and Tuesday at home against Worthington Kilbourne.

Coach Lisa Cady said a 51-31 victory over Central Crossing on Dec. 19 is a good example of how she'd like to see her team play. A 63-59 win over Kilbourne on Dec. 16 is indicative of how poorly it has played at times.

Against the Comets, the Wildcats had a 29-15 lead at halftime and cruised. Brittany Cheese scored 14 points.

But against Kilbourne, Davidson fell behind 14-6 in the first quarter and trailed 33-28 at halftime before rallying. Addie Goodwin scored 19 points and Jamie Caton had 18.

"We've already beaten both these teams, but we know we're going to need to play hard to do it again because they've both improved and we've played poorly in spurts," Cady said. "When we play good defense, we're a good team that's capable of beating other good teams. The problem we've had, as you saw the last time we played Worthington Kilbourne, is we keep digging ourselves a hole, especially in the first quarter. We're athletic enough to come back and win some of those games, but we can't always do that against the better teams on our schedule."

On Jan. 17, Davidson rallied from a 21-12 halftime deficit to beat Ottawa-Glandorf 43-35. But the Wildcats couldn't recover from a 32-17 halftime deficit against New Albany three days later as they lost 58-40.

"It's really frustrating because slow starts have been a trend for us all season," Caton said. "We lose our focus and get down on ourselves, and then we've dug a hole that's tough to get out of. We've got to break that trend before we lose more games."

Central Crossing lost to Dublin Coffman 75-22 last Friday to drop to 10-5 overall and 4-5 in the OCC-Central heading into a league game last Tuesday against Darby.

The Comets lack size but thrive on playing pressure defense. They are led by senior point guard Whitney Fullen, senior guard Taylor Trejo and junior guard Genea Pleasant. In the first meeting, Pleasant scored 15 points.

"Our trap defense creates a lot of turnovers and transition scoring opportunities when we're on like that," Caton said.

"We're looking to set hard traps again."

Kilbourne lost to Darby 48-32 last Friday to drop to 2-11 overall and 1-8 in the OCC-Central heading into a league game last Tuesday against Upper Arlington. It will face non-league DeSales today and OCC-rival Westland on Friday.

In the first meeting with Davidson, senior guard Tori Besser scored 18 points, junior post player Maggie Sullivan had 12 and sophomore guard Sarah Bechtel scored 10.

"We looked past (Kilbourne) because they aren't the strongest team, and then they almost beat us," Caton said.

"They penetrated and scored a lot of easy baskets, and stopping penetration has been a weakness that we're working on. We're not going to look past them again, because this is a league game and we need to win it to stay in the race for the OCC championship."

Goodwin is averaging 11.9 points, followed by Cheese (9.4) and Caton (8.4).

The Wildcats are looking forward to the return of senior center Liz Saxton, who had missed four consecutive games heading into last Tuesday with a severely sprained ankle. Alex Blackmon and Megan Epps have been played more minutes in the post during Saxton's absence.

"We've really missed Liz because she's our best scorer and defender inside, and she gets a lot of rebounds, too," Caton said. "The rest of us are going to have to pick it up and contribute more until she's ready to play again."

At a glance

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

BOYS

*Last Friday -- Defeated Westland 69-55. Grant Goodwin scored 24 points, Tyler Backstrom had 18 and Keith Heitzman had 11.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Beavercreek 49-42. Backstrom scored 19 points and Hunter Broadstone had 10.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Thomas Worthington

*Friday -- Home vs. Central Crossing. Davidson won 60-49 on Dec. 19.

Saturday -- Home vs. Delaware. Davidson won 58-45 last year.

*Tuesday -- At Worthington Kilbourne. Davidson won 64-44 on Dec. 16.

Of note: The Wildcats were 5-6 overall and 4-3 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

GIRLS

Jan. 20 -- Lost to New Albany 58-40. Addie Goodwin scored 13 points and Rebekah Kauffman had 11.

*Last Friday -- Def. Westland 54-27. Kauffman scored 12 points and Goodwin had 10.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Thomas

*Friday -- At Central Crossing

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Kilbourne

Of note: The Wildcats were 10-5 overall and 8-1 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central game