One of the Worthington Christian High School girls basketball team's few bright spots amid a six-win season a year ago was the addition of Stacy Hecker to its lineup.

One of the Worthington Christian High School girls basketball team's few bright spots amid a six-win season a year ago was the addition of Stacy Hecker to its lineup.

Hecker immediately became the team's go-to player and was averaging nearly 12 points over the season's first 14 games before averaging just more than seven over the final six contests.

The development of a supporting cast during Hecker's sophomore season, particularly from classmate Audrey Rettstatt, is a primary reason Worthington Christian already had surpassed its win total from a year ago at the halfway point of this season.

Without Hecker in the lineup for the first two games, Rettstatt and another sophomore, Kelsey Morgan, helped pick up the slack offensively. While Hecker was averaging 12.7 points through 10 games, Rettstatt has helped provide a one-two punch by averaging 13.0 points.

Rettstatt also had the team's first two 20-point performances of the season when she scored 22 in a 50-47 win over Gilead Christian on Jan. 13 and 23 in a 74-42 victory over Franklin Heights on Jan. 18.

"(Stacy and I) have been working off each other's plays, and it's been really nice," Rettstatt said. "She's gotten better even though she was really good last year. I've been shooting a lot better this year."

Despite having only one senior on its roster in backup Taylor Lanning, the Warriors have been finding significantly more success with a young roster that gained experience a year ago.

Morgan is the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 8.4 points, followed by sophomore Abbie Moss (7.0) and junior Allie Custer (6.4).

Adam Heath, who is in his first season as coach after serving as junior varsity coach a year ago, admits that it's been enjoyable watching a group of young players begin to show maturity.

"It's been a lot of fun figuring out how to utilize our skills best," Heath said. "Basically, what we're seeing is that they've got a year of maturity, and a lot of it is that they've been able to get to the rim. For eight out of the 10 kids on our roster, their best skill is getting to the rim, so we've basically spread the floor and are reading off each other well. The girls are very cerebral."

The Warriors have run few halfcourt sets this season and have an offense that Heath describes as "reading and reacting."

There are five games remaining before the Division IV district tournament drawing on Feb. 6. Worthington Christian was second in the area coaches poll released Jan. 17.

"We've learned a lot this year," Custer said. "Our coach has implemented a lot of new things and we've adapted to it well. He's kind of given us some freedom and I feel like we've picked it up pretty quickly."

•The boys bowling team surpassed 1,800 pins in a match for the first time this season during a 2,251-1,870 loss to Westerville North on Jan. 19.

The Warriors, whose only win before competing against Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 26 came in their opener against Grandview (1,629-1,525 on Dec. 3), posted their second-best score in a 2,092-1,711 loss to Gahanna on Dec. 15.

"Our next-best score (before competing against Westerville North) was a 1,711, so that's quite a jump," said Dean Boucouras, who is the team's school representative. "The boys are continuing to work hard and it's paying dividends."

In the match against North, Jess Meyers rolled a 345 total (188, 157) to lead the way, followed by Jason Boucouras (314), Noah Thederahn (301) and Devin Baker (284). Aaron Hamilton (114) and Ben Smith (206) both bowled one match apiece.

Also on the team is Anthony Cardosi.

"A lot of them have stepped up their scores since last year, and some of the younger bowlers have stepped up as well," Dean Boucouras said. "They're also all doing better in baker games. We do have a young team, and I'm really proud of all of them."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Worthington Christian boys basketball, girls basketball and boys bowling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 14 - Lost to Ready 43-42. Josh Petrel scored 12 points, Brooks Weygandt scored 11 and Luke Rettstatt scored 10.

Jan. 18 - Defeated Fisher Catholic 64-31. Matt Fredrick scored a season-high 24 points.

Jan. 25 - Played Buckeye Valley

Jan. 28 - Home vs. DeSales. The Warriors lost to the Stallions 72-48 and 81-60 last season.

Feb. 1 - At Berne Union

Of note: The Warriors were 5-6 before Jan. 25.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Jan. 11 - Game vs. Columbus Academy was postponed and has been rescheduled for Feb. 7.

Jan. 13 - Def. Gilead Christian 50-47. Audrey Rettstatt scored 22 points.

Jan. 15 - Lost to Fairbanks 65-46

Jan. 18 - Def. Franklin Heights 74-42. Rettstatt scored 23 points and Kelsey Morgan scored 13.

Jan. 24 - Played Millersport

Jan. 25 - Played Buckeye Valley

Jan. 29 - At Ready. The Warriors lost to the Silver Knights 49-27 and 48-45 last season.

Jan. 31 - Home vs. Gahanna Christian. The Warriors beat the Eagles 40-24 last season.

Feb. 1 - Home vs. Columbus School for Girls. The Warriors lost to the Unicorns 45-43 and 57-38 last season.

Of note: The Warriors were 7-3 before Jan. 24.

BOWLING

*Jan. 14 - Lost to Westerville South 2,340-1,708

*Jan. 19 - Lost to Westerville North 2,251-1,870

*Jan. 26 - Played Olentangy Liberty

*Jan. 27 - Hilliard Bradley at Ten Pin Alley

*Jan. 28 - Big Walnut at Capri Lanes

*Jan. 31 - Hilliard Darby at Ten Pin Alley

*Feb. 1 - Thomas Worthington at Capri Lanes

Of note: The Warriors were 1-8 overall and 0-8 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-North Division before Jan. 26.

*COHSBC-North match