During its last appearance in a KSA Events Holiday Tournament in 2011, the Olentangy High School girls basketball team opened with a close loss before blowing out its next two opponents to finish fifth in its bracket.
The Braves will return to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, to compete in another eight-team tournament Friday, Dec. 27, Saturday, Dec. 28, and Monday, Dec. 30.
Olentangy opens at 1:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, against Mercer Island (Wash.) and plays Canton (N.C.) Pisgah or Franklin Lakes (N.J.) Ramapo in its second game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, depending on the results of opening-round games.
In the other portion of the bracket are Hammonton (N.J.), Orlando William Boone, Santa Ana (Calif.) Segerstrom and Pittsburgh Fox Chapel.
Last year in the Pickerington North Holiday Classic, the Braves played three teams from Ohio and finished sixth. They beat Northland 58-46 in their second game.
"I'm trying to get us road-tested and battle-tested," coach John Feasel said. "It's tough because even last year at Pickerington we knew Northland and we'd seen some of the other teams play a lot. This is a unique situation, plus it's fun for the girls."
The Braves beat New Albany 45-30 on Dec. 20 to improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Capital Division. They also have beaten Delaware (58-45 on Dec. 3), Orange (56-40 on Dec. 14) and Franklin Heights (58-35 on Dec. 16) in league play and return to league action Friday, Jan. 3, at home against Worthington Kilbourne.
Orange hopes for more success in new year
After losing just three games last season, Orange was 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the OCC-Capital after losing to Mount Vernon 49-25 on Dec. 21.
The Pioneers followed their loss to Olentangy by falling to Delaware 38-29 on Dec. 20.
Orange returns to league play Jan. 3 when it travels to Franklin Heights, which is 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the league.
Against Delaware, Mikaela Lyons scored 10 points and Emilia Martin had six.
Lexi Werling scored 12 points against Mount Vernon.
Patriots looking to stay above .500
Liberty followed its first OCC-Central loss, a 34-25 setback Dec. 13 against Upper Arlington, by beating Marysville 57-47 on Dec. 17, but it then lost to Westland 48-36 on Dec. 20.
On Monday, Dec. 30, the Patriots play at Central Crossing in a makeup league game that was postponed Dec. 6.
Liberty, which is 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Central, got 20 points from Alexa Fisher and 14 from Kristen Levering against Marysville. Fisher scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Patriots outscored the Monarchs 19-12.
Against Westland, Liberty outscored the Cougars 14-8 in the third quarter to cut a 13-point halftime deficit to 34-27, but couldn't complete the rally. Madison King scored 10 points and Lauren Hofer added nine.