Marysville High School boys basketball coach Ryan Grose hopes a seven-game winning streak and a winning record help his team secure a high enough seed to play host to a first-round Division I district tournament game.
The Monarchs were 11-7 overall and 5-7 in the OCC-Central Division before playing Central Crossing on Feb. 7.
The tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 9, and the tournament begins Feb. 21.
Since the winning streak, Marysville lost back-to-back league games at home to Thomas Worthington (72-59 on Jan. 31) and Upper Arlington (62-33 on Feb. 4).
UA led the league at 10-1 before playing Westland on Feb. 7.
"It is a little discouraging that we're on a two-game losing streak (before Feb. 7) and we have to correct that," Grose said. "We work hard and you get the opportunity to get into the tournament -- an 11-7 record is respectable. I hope we'll get the opportunity to have a home game here at Marysville. Our fans are great and it would be nice to play somebody on our home court."
Against UA, Marysville fell behind 8-0 three minutes into the game and trailed 30-11 at halftime. The Golden Bears led by as many as 34 points early in the fourth quarter.
Mark Milholland led the Monarchs with seven points.
"Give Upper Arlington a ton of credit," Grose said. "There's a reason why they're 17-1 (overall before Feb. 7). This was their last game before the (tournament) draw and they came out and made a statement by kicking our butt. That's a good basketball team and they just outworked us. We didn't step up to the challenge of having the first-place team in our league in our gym."
Against Thomas, the game was tied at 37 at halftime, but the Monarchs were outscored 22-12 in the third quarter.
Logan Roston led the Monarchs with 22 points and Case Chamblin had 11.
Girls basketball team to play New Albany
The girls basketball team is seeded 27th in the Division I district tournament and plays at 18th-seeded New Albany at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the first round.
The Monarchs were 10-9 overall and 5-7 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Feb. 7.
New Albany was 12-8 overall before playing Worthington Kilbourne on Feb. 7.
Marysville coach Andrea Hackett and New Albany coach Jeff Blunt worked together as assistants at Otterbein University.
"I think it's going to be a very competitive game and I'm very excited about ... getting the opportunity to play a great team like them," Hackett said.
The winner plays 19th-seeded Westland in the second round Feb. 19 at the home of the higher seed.
The Monarchs lost league games to Westland 52-44 on Dec. 21 and 58-48 on Jan. 17.
Marysville lost at Upper Arlington 60-35 on Feb. 4 in a league game. Taylor Eberhart scored 10 points for the Monarchs, who were outrebounded 36-16.
The Monarchs played without post players Hannah Long (back injury) and Sarah Wiseman (broken finger) and guard Brooke Napolitano (concussion).
UA was 19-1 overall and 12-1 in the OCC-Central and could have clinched the outright league title with a win Feb. 7 against Westland.
"It was a tough loss against Upper Arlington, but we had a lot of injuries," Hackett said. "The score doesn't reflect how we played in the first half. The effort is still there. We're still hungry for more wins."
The Monarchs trailed 22-20 at halftime but were outscored 21-5 in the third quarter.
Marysville defeated Thomas 57-55 on Jan. 31 in a league game. Meranda Wilson's basket with less than a minute remaining gave the Monarchs the lead for good.
Elizabeth Williams scored 17 points and Wilson had 10.
Gymnastics team takes fourth at Coffman
The gymnastics team finished fourth (108.55) behind Dublin Coffman (141.1), Olentangy (132.075) and Big Walnut (124) on Feb. 3 at Coffman.
Hannah Burns finished eighth in the all-around (30.4).
The Monarchs' home meet against Thomas and Upper Arlington was postponed Feb. 5 because of bad weather and held Feb. 6. Marysville competed Feb. 8 in the OCC-Capital meet at Hilliard Darby.