The Marysville High School girls basketball team fell short of its goal of repeating as champion of the Lady Cats Holiday Tournament at North Union.
The Monarchs lost to Sycamore Mohawk 62-60 in overtime in the title game Dec. 28.
Despite the loss, first-year coach Andrea Hackett believes her team still is heading in the right direction.
"This is definitely a great learning experience for me being a first-time coach," she said. "I definitely think they're more comfortable with the coaching style I want to play and they're doing a great job."
Marysville was 6-5 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Upper Arlington on Jan. 3.
The Monarchs, who defeated North Union 39-36 in last season's Lady Cats championship game, opened this season's tournament by defeating Marion Harding 57-44 on Dec. 27. Elizabeth Williams scored 20 points and Brooke Napolitano and Meranda Wilson each had 12.
Marysville received a balanced effort against Mohawk, as Mikayla Hughes scored 16 points, Hannah Long had 15 and Wilson and Williams each scored 10.
"They gave me everything they had, but we weren't very consistent," Hackett said. "That's how we've been all year, one person playing really well one game. We talked a lot about starting strong."
The Monarchs defeated visiting Thomas Worthington 58-37 in a league game Dec. 20, as Long scored 13 points.
Hughes, Williams and Sarah Wiseman each scored seven points in a 52-44 league loss at Westland on Dec. 21.
"I'm really happy with the girls," Wilson said. "A lot of them worked really hard over the summer and improved their skills. It's been showing on the court in practice and in games."
Hackett was hoping for more consistency in league play as 2014 began.
"It goes back to being consistent," she said. "I'm definitely happy with our effort. I'm just hoping this next time around we can pull out a couple of those close games against good teams like (Dublin) Coffman and (Olentangy) Liberty."
Marysville lost to Coffman 46-34 on Dec. 13 and Liberty 57-47 on Dec. 17.
Boys basketball team ends year with 2 wins
The boys basketball team ended 2013 by defeating Worthington Christian 66-46 on Dec. 28 and Fairbanks 59-41 on Dec. 30, both at home.
The Monarchs were 4-3 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Central before playing Upper Arlington on Jan. 3.
Coach Ryan Grose said it was the first time in his four seasons with the program that his team entered the new year with a winning record.
"We're pretty excited to be above .500 heading into 2014 and looking to just continue to get better," he said. "Fairbanks is usually our first win. Usually we start off 0-5 or 0-6 and then we get that Fairbanks game and get a W. Our kids are making improvements and winning some games that we should win."
Against Worthington Christian, Logan Roston scored 17 points and Drew Mellen and Jevon Knox each scored 15.
Roston scored 16 points and Case Chamblin had 15 against Fairbanks.
Roston scored 15 points and Knox and Alec Draughon each scored 10 in a 67-57 league loss at Thomas on Dec. 20.
Marysville lost at home to Liberty 77-51 in a league game Dec. 21, as Roston and Mellen each scored 11 points.
"We have to start finding a way to start climbing the ladder in our conference," Grose said. "Our conference is tough again."
Pfarr leads wrestlers at Brecksville
Senior Austin Pfarr led the wrestling team in the Brecksville Holiday Tournament, finishing first at 220 pounds in the event held Dec. 29 and 30 at Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
In the title match, Pfarr pinned Macedonia Nordonia's Alex Woicehovich in 3 minutes, 23 seconds.
The Monarchs finished 11th (113) of 47 teams behind champion Brecksville-Broadview Heights (216). Hayden Lee was third at 113, David Sparks was fourth at 138 and Taleb Rahmani was sixth at 145.
On Dec. 19, Pfarr earned his 100th career win by pinning Coffman's Sterling Roseberry (1:57) in a 220-pound match as the Monarchs opened OCC-Central action by defeating the Shamrocks 61-15.
Marysville was fourth (158.5) of 41 teams behind champion Cincinnati Moeller (197) in the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Holiday Classic on Dec. 21 and 22 at Harrison.
Pfarr (220), Lee (113) and Rahmani (145) won titles and Sparks was second at 138.