One of the things Reynoldsburg High School senior girls basketball player Nicole Orr has done the past few months to help her prepare to play collegiately is attempt about 100 3-pointers per day.

One of the things Reynoldsburg High School senior girls basketball player Nicole Orr has done the past few months to help her prepare to play collegiately is attempt about 100 3-pointers per day.

Knowing she'd be asked to take on more of a scoring role for the Raiders this winter was an added reason to keep working on her shooting skills.

The benefits have been immediate for the Butler University signee, who made 12 3-pointers and was averaging 14.9 points through Reynoldsburg's first seven games.

She averaged 9.3 points and made 28 3-pointers in her first season with the Raiders a year ago after transferring in from Whitehall to join a team that started three seniors.

"I've been working on my outside game a lot," said Orr, a 5-foot-10 wing player. "(Butler wants) me to be an offensive threat when I get there next year."

Reynoldsburg beat Pickerington North 49-29 on Dec. 20 to improve to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division. It was the Raiders' 50th consecutive league victory.

The Raiders next will play three games in the Wolverine Winter Classic at Cumming (Ga.) West Forsyth from Friday, Dec. 27, through Monday, Dec. 30.

They then return to league play Jan. 3 at Lancaster in a game that has been moved up to 6 p.m. so it won't conflict with Ohio State's football game that night.

With several former role players now serving as key ball-handlers, the Raiders' offense has leaned heavily so far on Orr and senior Alyssa Rice.

The 6-3 Rice, who has signed with Kentucky, was averaging a team-best 16.3 points through seven games.

In a 63-41 win over Gahanna on Dec. 17, Orr made five of seven shots in the second half and finished with 16 points. Rice battled foul trouble and was held to 11 points.

The Raiders led 30-25 with 3 minutes, 16 seconds to go in the third quarter before closing the game on a 33-16 run.

"Nicole had a good offseason," coach Jack Purtell said. "She's getting ready to go over 1,000 points for her career when you combine what she did at Whitehall. Last year she didn't have to score so much, but obviously she can post up or hit the 3."

Wrestlers excitedfor Kenston tourney

The wrestling team believes it found a good fit for the holiday season when it competed in the Chagrin Falls Kenston Invitational a year ago.

On Friday, Dec. 27, and Saturday, Dec. 28, the Raiders will compete in the event for the second consecutive season.

"We used to go to (the Brecksville-Broadview Heights holiday tournament), but this tournament is literally perfect for us," coach Jared Ball said. "It's got some good teams in it like Youngstown Boardman and Fairfield, but it's not a buzzsaw."

The Raiders beat New Albany 41-23 and lost to host Watkins Memorial 40-38 in the Eastside Quad on Dec. 13 before losing to host Lancaster 63-10 in their OCC-Ohio opener Dec. 19.

Among the things Ball has been pleased about is his wrestlers' aggressiveness. A Watkins Memorial graduate, he wasn't disappointed in his team's performance despite losing to his alma mater.

"Last year they pummeled us pretty good," Ball said. "We ended up losing (this year's) match by getting pinned three straight times, but we won six of the 11 matches we wrestled. I told them that was probably the most aggressive we've looked in a dual in a couple years.

"A lot of the guys in our lineup last year were first-year varsity guys, and I think now we're seeing a lot of guys step up and we're seeing some decent balance."

Among the team's top wrestlers, according to Ball, have been Christian Eubanks (heavyweight), Dominic Hathaway (120), James Love (182), Andrew McBane (160), Nathan Smiley (126) and Raphael Turner (220 pounds).

"We've been getting a lot of contributions from a lot of different places," Ball said.

Swimming teams'working hard'

First-year coach Brian Kocher is hoping for better health and continued improvement when the 2014 portion of the swimming and diving schedule begins.

The girls team did not have junior Morgan McCafferty, a two-time state qualifier, during its first three meets because she was competing in club events.

"The kids are working hard and the younger kids are improving a lot, so I think the future is bright," Kocher said. "It's going to be tough to have three strong (girls) relays, but we can put together two that are pretty competitive. Right now, illness and injuries have our team in a state of flux, but hopefully by February everybody will be back and healthy."

On Dec. 14 in the six-team Catholic Showdown at St. Charles, the girls were fifth (224) behind champion Columbus School for Girls (505) and the boys were fifth (36) behind champion Cincinnati St. Xavier (804).

Sarah Kohs was fifth in the 50-yard backstroke (31.71), Marisa Glusich placed fourth in the 50 breaststroke (34.97), Leah Svoboda was third in the 100 breast (1:16.95) and fifth in the 50 butterfly (29.11) and Acadia Gaver placed fourth in the 100 individual medley (1:08.75). Gaver, Glusich, Kohs and Svoboda placed fourth in the 200 free relay (1:51.71) and fourth in the 200 medley relay (2:03.1).

For the boys team, the 200 free relay of Aaron Bryan, Christian Morgan, Hayden Stratman and Devin Wooddell was 16th (1:57.96) and the 200 medley relay of the same four placed 17th (2:15.99).