Even though the Hilliard Davidson High School boys basketball team cruised to a 64-44 win over Central Crossing on Dec. 14 at home, the Wildcats are feeling far from overconfident heading into their OCC-Central Division rematch Friday, Jan. 25, at Central Crossing.
After all, Davidson suffered back-to-back lopsided losses to its biggest rivals last weekend to stretch its losing streak to six games.
On Jan. 18, the Wildcats fell to Dublin Coffman 73-50 at home to drop to 1-7 in the OCC-Central.
The next night, Davidson lost at Hilliard Darby 48-33 to fall to 2-11 overall.
"Just because we beat Central Crossing the first time doesn't mean we can just expect to do it again," wing player Scottie Munson said. "We need a good week of practice and preparation for this game, because we've been struggling and we just lost two games to our biggest rivals, and we can't let ourselves lose focus."
Central Crossing also has struggled, losing to St. Charles 74-51 on Jan. 19 to extend a seven-game losing streak and drop to 2-13 overall before playing Grove City on Jan. 22.
Against St. Charles, 6-foot junior guard Marc Russell scored 12 points and 6-5 sophomore post player Matt Dwane scored eight.
Senior twins Cody and Kyle Hall, both 6-4, give the Comets good size in the post.
"We're 2-11, so we're not taking any team for granted, because we need to get a lot better," coach Kevin Logsdon said. "We expect this game to be a dogfight. Central Crossing has some nice big kids like Dwane who can hurt us inside. And they have some kids like Russell who can shoot it.
"We need to find a way to score more points than we've been scoring, because we're not scoring enough on a consistent basis to win in our league."
The Wildcats had their season-high point total in the first meeting against Central Crossing, but they have scored more than 50 points only three times and have scored fewer than 40 in nine of 13 contests.
Post player Michael Simon is averaging a team-best 16.2 points, followed by Munson (4.7) and wing player Josh Stimmel (4.2).
Simon averaged 20.5 points in his first four games but teams have double- or triple-teamed him in the post since then.
The Wildcats have had two or more players score in double figures in only three games.
Simon scored 23 points and guard Kyle Martin scored 10 in the first Central Crossing game.
"We need to find a little more balance in our scoring because it's easy for teams to double- or triple-team Mike right now, because we don't have a consistent second scoring option when they take him away," Logsdon said. "Mike never gets the opportunity to play one-on-one in the post, so we've had him step out on the perimeter, and he made five 3-pointers in our games against Coffman and Darby. He's a good shooter, but we'd much rather see him with his back to basket.
"There's no quick fix. We have spurts where we execute our offense well, but we don't do it consistently enough to beat the caliber of teams we play. We just need to keep working to be more consistent."
Davidson did score 50 or more points in two of its past three games, but went 0-3 during that stretch.
Simon scored 17 points and Potts scored 14 against Coffman, but the Wildcats scored nearly half their points in the fourth quarter after falling behind 59-27.
Davidson followed a similar pattern against Darby, falling behind 36-21 after three quarters. Simon led all scorers with 17 points.
"We just need to execute our offense better and play our game," post player Michael Kreiser said. "We need to eliminate turnovers and just keep grinding it out."
Martin said Davidson's defense has been fairly strong throughout the losing streak.
"We're pretty good at man-to-man, and 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones," Martin said. "We just need to improve our offensive execution. It starts with the little things, like making good cuts and setting screens."
Girls squad loses to Shamrocks
The girls team lost to Coffman 46-40 on Jan. 18 to drop to 8-1 in the OCC-Central.
Point guard Lauren Bates scored 20 points and guard Ashley Hurt scored 14 to lead Davidson.
Post player Bri Ekanem scored four points before being helped off the court in the fourth quarter after suffering an injury.
Junior forward Griffin Tullis scored 14 points and sophomore guard Kamerine Taylor scored 11 for Coffman, which moved into a tie with Davidson for first in the OCC-Central.
Davidson bounced back Jan. 19 to defeat Marion Harding 63-41 to improve to 14-2 overall.
The Wildcats play host to Central Crossing in a league rematch Friday, Jan. 25.
Davidson defeated the Comets 43-37 in overtime Dec. 14 as Bates scored 15 points and Hurt scored nine.