The Brookhaven High School boys basketball team has spent most of the season looking for a consistent offensive weapon to go along with guard Terrence Watkins and post player Craig Sealey.

The Brookhaven High School boys basketball team has spent most of the season looking for a consistent offensive weapon to go along with guard Terrence Watkins and post player Craig Sealey.

Although other threats have begun to emerge, it would be best to consider that area to be one in which the Bearcats still are making progress.

The next step in Brookhaven's development, according to coach Hali Robinson, has to do with the other end of the court.

In a 65-60 win over Linden-McKinley on Jan. 20, the Panthers' Sean Rogers scored 26 points in the second half and finished with 32 to help his team cut a 16-point deficit in the second quarter to five late in the fourth quarter.

"Right now we're just at a juncture in our season where team defense has to be our central focus for the rest of the season," Robinson said.

Because two losses to begin the City League-North Division schedule went a long way toward eliminating the Bearcats from title contention, they have spent most of January developing players such as sophomore DeVon Montgomery and junior Brooks Carroll.

Montgomery scored 15 points in a 69-47 win over Ironton on Dec. 23 and has moved into the starting lineup. Carroll had a season-high 18 points against Linden.

"Our central focus has been to bring kids along like Brooks Carroll and get them to play with Terrence Watkins' energy," Robinson said. "We're trying to play a lot of kids. We're pleased with what we're doing."

Carroll, who spent most of last season on the junior varsity, believes the team is coming together.

"Some games we go as hard as we can and some games we don't go as hard as we can," he said. "We just need to go harder every game. We have times outside of basketball where we hang out together and bond together as a team. We just need to play for each other."

•The girls basketball team's hopes of advancing to the City championship game are all but over after a 49-32 loss last Friday to Northland, but there's plenty for the Bearcats still to play for.

Coach Reggie Lee was hoping for at least a good showing last Friday to help improve his team's seeding for the Division I district tournament. The drawing is Sunday.

The Bearcats had won five of six before facing the Vikings.

"The kids are starting to mature a little bit," Lee said. "We're playing better defense, so that's improved our overall look. There are some small things that we still need to iron out."

Among those are that Brook-haven hasn't had as much consistency offensively as it has needed. Datona Ball had 29 points in a 67-63 win over Akron Copley on Jan. 3 but did not score in a 56-41 loss to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown on Jan. 17.

Ball, who is the team's leading scorer (10.7 through 12 games), and junior Jourdan Stanhope have been joined by sophomores Travecia Franklin, Brianna Holmes and Marah Morris and freshman Jasmine Johnson as key players.

Lee has been pleased with the development of the younger players. "Marah's strength is rebounding and her ball-handling is starting to come around," Lee said. "Travecia is starting to look for her outside shot a little bit and Brianna's getting better on both sides of the court. Jasmine Johnson is starting to get better as well."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Brookhaven boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 13 -- Defeated Beechcroft 84-65

*Jan. 20 -- Def. Linden-McKinley 65-60. Brooks Carroll scored 18 points, Terrence Watkins had 16 and Craig Sealey had 15.

*Last Friday -- Lost to Northland 63-48. Watkins scored 24 points.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Whetstone

*Last Wednesday -- Played West

*Friday -- At Centennial. Brookhaven won 70-47 on Jan. 6.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Mifflin. Brookhaven won 76-70 on Jan. 9.

Of note: The Bearcats were 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the City-North before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Jan. 13 -- Def. Beechcroft 81-51

Jan. 17 -- Lost to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 56-41

*Jan. 20 -- Def. Linden 63-36. Brianna Holmes scored 15 points.

*Last Friday -- Lost to Northland 49-32. Holmes scored 10 points.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Whetstone

*Friday -- Home vs. Centennial. Brookhaven won 62-19 on Jan. 6.

*Tuesday -- At Mifflin. Brookhaven won 38-35 on Jan. 9.

Wednesday -- At DeSales

Of note: The Bearcats were 9-4 overall and 7-2 in the City-North before last Tuesday.

*City-North game

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Brookhaven boys and girls bowling and wrestling teams:

BOWLING

*Jan. 15 -- Boys: Lost to Westerville North 2,247-1,492; Girls: Lost to North 1,947-1,320

*Jan. 16 -- Matches vs. Gahanna postponed

*Jan. 21 -- Boys: Lost to Hilliard Darby 2,212-1,636; Girls: Lost to Darby 1,487-1,021

*Jan. 22 -- Boys: Def. Olentangy Orange 1,389-1,281; Girls: Def. Orange 1,602-1,531

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville Central

*Today -- Home vs. Jonathan Alder at HP Lanes

Monday -- Home vs. West at HP Lanes

*Tuesday -- At Sequoia Lanes vs. Beechcroft

Wednesday -- Home vs. St. Charles at HP Lanes

Of note: The boys were 3-8 overall and in the Central-North and the girls team was 5-5 overall and in the Central-North before last Tuesday.

*Central-North match

WRESTLING

Last Saturday -- Finished seventh (98.5) in 10-team Robin Drumm Invitational at Heath behind champion Heath (276.5). William Moore (215) was first, Tavonte Burney (160) was third and Kenneth Grady (135) was fourth.

Saturday -- At Benjamin Logan tournament