With the Marysville High School boys basketball team trailing host Dublin Scioto 63-22 early in the fourth quarter, senior guard Kyle Hites pleaded with his teammates during a timeout to increase their defensive intensity.
Hites was attempting to ignite a team that went on to lose 72-28 on Jan. 22 and had lost three consecutive games and were 4-10 overall before playing Dublin Coffman on Jan. 25.
"It just comes down to our self- discipline," Hites said. "I feel like we care more for individual stats than team stats. We'd rather score points than get back and play help side (defense) or we'd rather block a shot than take a charge. It's just self stuff. It's stuff that we control and we should work on to help ourselves get better."
Marysville will play host to Olentangy Liberty on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Monarchs lost to the Patriots 75-55 on Dec. 18.
Before Jan. 25, Coffman and Liberty were tied for first in the OCC-Central Division at 7-1.
Marysville trailed Scioto 23-10 after one quarter and 34-17 at halftime, then was outscored 17-5 in the third quarter.
Sophomore center Drew Mellen led Marysville with six points.
The Monarchs were 11-for-39 from the field (28.2 percent) and committed 25 turnovers. The Irish had only seven turnovers.
"It's disappointing anytime you lose a game, but to lose a game like that," coach Ryan Grose said. "We got outhustled and outworked in every aspect of the game. I can't believe we don't have a little more fight than that at this point. We have five seniors and when our backs are against the wall, I expect a little bit more than that."
Marysville lost a league game to Westland 79-58 on Jan. 18 as junior guard Logan Roston scored 12 points and sophomore forward Case Chamblin scored 10.
Wrestling team wins state dual
The wrestling team advanced to the second round of the Division I state team tournament with a 61-15 win over Scioto on Jan. 23 at home.
The top-seeded Monarchs will compete against fifth-seeded Olentangy on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at a site to be determined. The winner competes against second-seeded Delaware or third-seeded Olentangy Orange in a Region 5-A semifinal Jan. 30.
The winner advances to a regional final Feb. 6.
Olentangy defeated fourth-seeded Ashland 63-15 on Jan. 23 in another Region 5-A first-round match at Marysville.
Against Scioto, winners by pin for the Monarchs were Jacob Thornton at 113 pounds (1 minute, 29 seconds), Troy Messer at 120 (1:29), Taleb Rahmani at 126 (3:44), David Sparks at 132 (3:52), Noah Forrider at 145 (3:09), Chase Boyd at 160 (3:15), Alex Roberts at 170 (44 seconds) and Dan O'Neil at 182 (3:15).
Girls basketball team loses to Scioto
The girls basketball team opened a 34-17 lead at home against Scioto before the Irish rallied for a 54-47 win Jan. 22.
Scioto outscored the Monarchs 27-9 in the third quarter.
Senior post player Katy Turner scored 14 points and sophomore guard/forward Mikayla Hughes scored 11.
"We looked like the best team in central Ohio in the first half, the second half not so much," coach Aric Tucker said. "Scioto is a good team. We focused on (Anna) Buhigas and (Katie) Kollins, but other kids stepped up and hurt us.
"We continued to battle to the end, but just couldn't get it done in the end. Hopefully we learned how to play with a lead and will be more successful next time."
The Monarchs lost at Westland 43-28 on Jan. 18 as sophomore forward Hannah Long scored nine points.