Although his team finished 7-16 overall, Marysville High School boys basketball senior forward Steve Romesburg believes a 63-61 loss at New Albany in a Division I district tournament first-round game Feb. 22 was an indication of the Monarchs' potential.
The fourth-seeded Eagles won on senior forward Devon Pitts' layup at the buzzer.
Romesburg led the 34th-seeded Monarchs with 14 points and senior guard Kody Davisson added 13.
"We had New Albany," Romesburg said. "It came down to a two-point game, but we had them. I feel like we outplayed them. We had great potential. It was so fun. It was good memories."
Senior guard Jalen Rhea, who will play at American University in Washington, D.C., led New Albany with 19 points.
Coach Ryan Grose liked that the Monarchs finished strong.
"We played well enough to get that opportunity (to defeat New Albany), but it didn't work out for us," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of the guys in the way we finished. Sitting at 4-14, there's a lot of teams that would have packed it in for the year, but we finished the year going 3-2 and we lost at home by three to Olentangy (69-66 on Feb. 19) and in the tournament by two to New Albany."
Romesburg, who was one of five seniors on the team, led the Monarchs in scoring at 13.1 points per game and rebounds at 3.6 per game. He was special mention all-OCC-Central Division and honorable mention all-district.
Davisson averaged 10.1 points and was second-team all-league.
"I was really proud of those guys," Grose said. "They've raised the bar. There are a lot of kids in the gym right now working to get better because of what they've done. They made a commitment when I came here three years ago."
Junior guard Logan Roston averaged 12.2 points and was honorable mention all-league.
Sophomore center Drew Mellen, who is 6-foot-6, and sophomore forward Case Chamblin each averaged 3.5 rebounds.
Other players who can return are juniors Billy Kidd (guard), Alec Draughon (forward), Kyle Moulton (forward) and Ryan Evans (center).
Marysville went 4-10 in the OCC-Central to finish sixth behind Olentangy Liberty (13-1), Dublin Coffman (12-2), Westland (9-5), Thomas Worthington (8-6) and Upper Arlington (8-6) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (2-12) and Central Crossing (0-14).
Westland needed overtime to defeat visiting Marysville 75-71 in the league opener Dec. 7. The Monarchs also lost two close games against Thomas, 65-61 on Dec. 21 and 52-49 on Feb. 1.
Marysville won both games against Davidson (62-52 on Jan. 11, 71-57 on Feb. 15) and Central Crossing (86-58 on Jan. 8, 71-33 on Feb. 8).
The Monarchs' other wins came against Division IV Shekinah Christian (92-61 on Dec. 11), Division III Fairbanks (70-48 on Dec. 28) and Division III Worthington Christian (65-51 on Feb. 12).