The potential Seth Towns showed after joining the Northland High School boys basketball team last season appears to have been just the beginning.
Towns, who scored 21 points in his varsity debut and averaged 9.8 points a year ago, was averaging 14.3 points through 14 games this season.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore had the best three-game stretch of his career when he scored 22 in an 86-54 win over Beechcroft on Dec. 20, 23 in a 62-56 win over Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley on Dec. 26 and 24 in a 66-38 win over Potomac (Md.) Bullis on Dec. 28.
The latter two games were in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the Vikings were runners-up.
"Seth Towns has picked it up," coach Sean Taylor said.
The Vikings were 13-3 overall and 9-0 in the City League-North Division before playing Brookhaven on Jan. 28. They were first in the Division I area coaches poll and seventh in the state poll last week.
Northland has four more league games, including another matchup with Brookhaven on Feb. 7.
The Vikings beat Whetstone 102-33 in a league game Jan. 24, but lost to Pickerington Central 74-70 on Jan. 25 at Ohio Dominican.
Through 14 games, senior guard Ty Hairston was the second-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, followed by senior guard Derek McKeithen (10.8), junior post player Doug Taylor (8.8) and senior forward Jaylen Tucker (8.3).
Senior guard Shemar Waugh has been among area leaders in assists at six per game.
Williams leading Brookhaven boys team
The emergence of senior guard Ronnie Williams is among the reasons the Brookhaven boys basketball team has been among the top teams in Division II and remains a contender for the City-North title.
The Bearcats were 12-2 overall and 9-0 in the City-North before playing Northland on Jan. 28.
Through 13 games, Williams was averaging a team-best 18.5 points. He was shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range and 57.3 percent from the floor. His best offensive game came Jan. 14 when he made four 3-pointers and scored 30 points in a 61-44 win over Columbus East.
Williams, who has signed with Ohio Dominican, has been complemented by junior J-Saun Davis (11 points per game). Juniors Curtis Armstrong, Lawrence Buttrum and Shad-rick Kimble and sophomore Macyah Fleming all average about six points.
Brookhaven, which was second in last week's area coaches poll and received votes in last week's state poll, beat Beechcroft 73-43 on Jan. 24.
The Bearcats' only losses entering the week were to Gahanna (54-47 on Nov. 29) and Watterson (46-43 on Jan. 4).
Gahanna was a Division I district champion last season. Watterson won the Division II state title last season and was third in last week's state poll.
Beechcroft squads prep for postseason
The Beechcroft girls basketball team will learn Sunday, Feb. 2, who it plays in the Division II district tournament.
The Cougars snapped a four-game losing streak with a 45-14 win over Linden-McKinley on Jan. 21, but lost to Brookhaven 68-61 on Jan. 24. They were 6-11 overall and 5-7 in the City-North before playing East on Jan. 28.
Senior Odyssey Riley scored 14 points against Linden.
The boys team snapped a three-game skid with a 75-63 win over Linden on Jan. 21. Senior Tarik Woods scored 19 points, sophomore Michael Powers had 16 and junior Donte Burt added 15.
The Cougars were 6-10 overall and 4-5 in the City-North before playing East on Jan. 28.
Beechcroft lost to Brook-haven 73-43 on Jan. 24 and fell to Watterson 82-40 on Jan. 25.