Even after the Hilliard Darby High School girls basketball team lost its first 13 games, coach Jodi Korbas said the Panthers had been executing their offense well enough to put themselves in position to score more points.
Korbas said the Panthers simply needed to make more shots after converting only 25 percent of their field goals and 50 percent of their free throws.
The Panthers were 0-13 overall before playing Jonathan Alder on Jan. 14. They are 0-8 in the OCC-Cardinal Division.
"Our biggest struggle is we're having trouble putting points on the board," Korbas said. "We're getting some good looks at the basket, but our shots just haven't been falling. We're doing everything we can in practice to try to improve our shooting because we're not scoring enough points to win games."
The Panthers dropped two league games last week, losing to Westerville Central 41-34 on Jan. 8 and to Bradley 43-20 on Jan. 9.
Darby fell behind the Warhawks 10-2 in the first quarter and trailed 19-8 at halftime before battling back to take a 22-20 lead late in the third quarter.
Jessica Cox had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Erika Boyd and Caitlin Snyder each scored eight points for Darby, which was outscored 21-12 the rest of the way.
"We've had problems in third quarters, so that was probably our best third quarter of the season," Korbas said. "We haven't led often through the whole season, so when we do take a lead we're in unchartered waters and we take our foot off the pedal and stop doing what we've been doing well to get in that position."
The Panthers were outscored 13-0 in the first quarter and 26-6 in the first half at Bradley.
"We're digging such big holes for ourselves that we're having to exert a lot of energy to get back into games and we end up drained when we reach the fourth quarter," Korbas said.
The Panthers play host Friday, Jan. 17, to Westerville North, a team they lost to 58-19 on Dec. 9.
"We need to be more consistent offensively and defensively," Korbas said. "We've had people play well for spurts but not on a consistent basis for an entire game. Our seniors, Caitlin Snyder and Erika Boyd, are giving us good leadership. And Nycole Carter (a 5-foot-5 guard) has done a good job playing defense in the post against much taller players, because we don't have a true post player."
Jaguars finish 3-0 versus Hilliard rivals
Bradley began play last week with back-to-back OCC-Cardinal victories, beating Dublin Scioto 57-32 on Jan. 7 and defeating Darby.
Meredith Miller scored 23 points and Ashley Hummel had 21 against Scioto.
"We had a size advantage against Scioto and we took advantage of it, scoring inside with our two post players," coach Kathy Lindsey said. "Our guards deserve credit for recognizing the mismatch and unselfishly passing it inside."
Miller scored 13 points and Jennifer Espenschied scored eight against Darby, as the Jaguars finished 3-0 against the other Hilliard teams.
Bradley opened the season Nov. 22 with a 38-16 win over Davidson and also beat Darby 43-34 on Nov. 26.
"Going 3-0 and playing good games against the other Hilliard schools was important to our kids, because these are rivalry games and a lot of these girls went to elementary school together," Lindsey said.
Bradley lost a league game at Dublin Jerome 41-34 on Jan. 11. Miller had 11 points and Hummel scored 10 for the Jaguars, who play host to Jerome on Friday, Jan. 17, in the rematch.
"This may be the first time we've ever played the same team twice in a row like this," Lindsey said. "Jerome plays a variety of defenses, so we need to recognize what they are doing early and attack."
Wildcats still struggling
Davidson went 0-3 last week to extend its losing streak to 11 games and drop to 1-14 overall and 0-8 in the OCC-Central.
In league play, the Wildcats lost to Thomas Worthington 48-46 on Jan. 8 and to Marys-ville 52-41 on Jan. 10.
Cambree Friedman scored 22 points and Charlee Clark had 10 against Thomas.
Against Marysville, Friedman scored 13 points and Hannah Fecht had eight.
Davidson also lost to New Albany 56-38 on Jan. 11, as Friedman scored 13 points and Lea Edler scored eight.
The Wildcats play host Friday, Jan. 17, to Dublin Coffman in a league game. Coffman won the first meeting 65-32 on Dec. 11, as Clark scored nine points and Friedman had eight for Davidson.