Marysville High School boys basketball coach Ryan Grose senses improvement from his team as it prepares for the second half of OCC-Central Division play.
After beginning the season 1-6, the Monarchs had won two of their last three games before playing Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 11.
"Every game, every practice, we continue to improve and get better," Grose said. "A lot of it is based on players just learning and playing. Our players are seeing that.
"I think we recognize that we should be better the second time around in the conference, getting a look at what teams try to do to combat us the first time. That's something that we can control is trying to get better every day, and our kids have really bought into that."
Marysville earned its first league win by defeating host Central Crossing 86-58 on Jan. 8.
The Monarchs visit Bellefontaine on Tuesday, Jan. 15, before the second half of league play begins Friday, Jan. 18, at home against Westland.
Marysville defeated Bellefontaine 64-50 last season.
In their first meeting this season, Westland beat visiting Marysville 75-71 in overtime Dec. 7.
Westland was tied with Thomas Worthington and Upper Arlington for third in the league at 4-2 before playing Central Crossing on Jan. 11. Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty were tied for first at 5-1.
Marysville was 1-5 in the league before playing Davidson.
Against Central Crossing, Logan Roston scored 19 points, Steve Romesburg scored 17 and Kody Davisson scored 14.
"We did two things really well that we've been trying to improve upon," Grose said. "No. 1 is sharing the basketball. We're trying to get good shots every time down and it's evident when we have 16 assists on 32 field goals. Offensively, we did a good job of sharing the ball and getting everybody involved.
"Defensively, we've been stressing improvement on our rotations and our press. We were able to get 17 steals, so we have guys who are rotating where they're supposed to when they're supposed to, and that allowed us to get a lot of things going."
Marysville also defeated Fairbanks 70-48 on Dec. 28 and recently lost close league games to Thomas (65-61 on Dec. 21) and UA (74-68 on Jan. 4).
Against UA, Romesburg scored 24 points, Roston scored 20 and Davisson scored 13, but the Golden Bears outrebounded Marysville 27-15.
Girls basketball team seeks consistent play
The girls basketball team entered the second half of OCC-Central play looking for consistency, according to coach Aric Tucker.
After losing to UA 53-29 on Jan. 4, Tucker said the Monarchs played better in a 32-25 loss to Central Crossing on Jan. 8.
Katy Turner led Marysville with 16 points.
"While we have improved, we are still looking to perform at a high level on each and every possession," Tucker said. "We are close. One night our offense is outstanding, but our defense is lacking. Another night, vice versa.
"We have shown signs of putting it all together for a quarter here or a quarter there. A lot of that is due to the fact we play a lot of juniors and sophomores against teams that are senior-heavy. The nice thing is that the girls continue to come to practice to get better. We will win some more games in the second half of the season."
Wrestlers to compete at Top Gun tourney
The wrestling team has OCC-Central dual matches Thursday, Jan. 17, against host Central Crossing and Westland before it competes in the Top Gun Tournament at Alliance on Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19.
Last season, Marysville finished sixth (142.5 points) behind champion St. Paris Graham (274.5) in a 43-team field.
The Monarchs lost to Oregon Clay 39-25 and Loveland 40-23 on Jan. 5 at home.
Marysville was 1-0 in the OCC-Central before facing Thomas and UA on Jan. 11.
The draw for the inaugural state team tournament is Monday, Jan. 14. The regional quarterfinals will be held Jan. 23.
Swimmers to face Davidson, South
The swimming and diving teams will compete against Davidson on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Westerville South on Saturday, Jan. 19, with both meets at the Union County YMCA.
The boys team lost to Olentangy Orange 91-79 on Jan. 5 and Dublin Scioto 108-59 on Jan. 7. The girls team lost to Orange 116-45 and Scioto 120-41.