While Reynoldsburg survived its first big early central Ohio test, the rest of the area’s top teams already have at least one loss.
The Raiders built a big lead and shut down any hopes of a second-half rally by Gahanna during a 54-44 win Dec. 17 that improved them to 6-0.
The Lions also lost to Solon 65-56 on Dec. 15, but Solon was a Division I regional runner-up last season that has size and experience returning.
Northland and Newark are looking solid with their recent performances.
Olentangy Orange and Olentangy began what should be an enjoyable rivalry to watch over the coming years Dec. 15 when the Pioneers won 57-52.
That victory has Orange back in our poll, in place of Pickerington North.
The Panthers always will be a team to watch as long as Dave Butcher is their coach, but they already have a league loss (52-50 to Newark on Dec. 7) and struggled to get by sister school Pickerington Central (43-37 on Dec. 18).
Eyes will be watching to see how Pickerington North fares at its annual holiday tournament Dec. 27-29, where Olentangy and Northland also will be in attendance.
— From staff reports