Jacob Robinson managed just two points for the Wellington School boys basketball team during regulation of the home Jaguar Invitational final last Saturday against Ready, but coach Brian McCants never lost confidence in him.

Jacob Robinson managed just two points for the Wellington School boys basketball team during regulation of the home Jaguar Invitational final last Saturday against Ready, but coach Brian McCants never lost confidence in him.

That paid off in the overtime as Robinson -- who went on to be named tournament Most Valuable Player -- scored five of Wellington's seven points as the Jaguars won 37-35, earning their second Jaguar Invitational title in three years.

"I don't worry about Jacob not scoring," McCants said. "This is not like a typical Wellington team where you have a Sean McCants or a Kevin Herring who is going to give you a ton of points. Anybody can be the leading scorer on this team."

Robinson, who had 20 points in a 51-29 victory over Dayton Miami Valley last Friday, was joined on the all-tournament team by Armand Troy and Ted Emery. Troy scored 11 points against Ready.

Ready's previous low for points in a game this season was 45.

"As I was stretching out before the game, I was telling our trainer, 'This game is going to come down to defense,'" Robinson said. "I don't think we ever doubted ourselves."

Robinson admitted that faith was tested early as the Jaguars opened 0-4. They had gone 11-11 a year ago, losing to Harvest Prep 68-50 in a Division IV district final.

"We had a lot of hype going into this season, so it was really frustrating," he said. "We have everyone back from last year's team and we knew we should be playing better than we were. But we believe in our coach and we believe in our system. We just came together."

The Jaguars will play at Licking County Christian on Friday and Village Academy on Tuesday. Wellington defeated Village Academy 75-33 last year.

"Playing that tough schedule at the beginning of the year prepares us for games like this," McCants said. "We call this part of the year our second season. We're slowly making that turn."

•The girls basketball team beat Willoughby Andrews 60-33 last Friday in the first round of the Jaguars Invitational but lost to Columbus School for Girls 48-37 in the final last Saturday. CSG, which had beaten Wellington 59-27 on Dec. 4, earned its third title in four years.

"We had a rocky start to the beginning of the season, especially against CSG," said guard Kelly Sonnett, whose team won three of its next four after opening 2-7. "This shows us that we can hang in there against the tougher teams. I felt like we played really well together and we never gave up."

Against Andrews, Kara Concheck scored 14 points, Colleen Durfee had 13 and Grace Karondovich had 10. Concheck and Sonnett made the all-tournament team.

Wellington will play host to Licking County Christian on Friday and Worthington Christian on Tuesday and travel to East Knox on Feb. 5.

"The key is going to be endurance. I can't say enough about this team. They worked well together defensively," coach Tiffany Smith said. "We're getting better as the games go by. We've matured more basketball-wise. We've learned how to play with one another."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Wellington boys basketball, girls basketball and boys and girls swimming teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 20 -- Defeated Berne Union 59-28. Jacob Robinson scored 17 points and Ben Utz had 11.

Last Friday -- Def. Dayton Miami Valley 51-29 in Jaguar Invitational

Last Saturday -- Def. Ready 37-35 (OT) in final of Jaguar Invitational. Armand Troy scored 11 points.

Last Tuesday -- Played Highland

Friday -- At Licking County Christian

Tuesday -- At Village Academy

Of note: The Jaguars were 6-6 before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Jan. 20 -- Def. Village Academy 51-21. Colleen Durfee scored 17 points and Grace Karondovich had 14.

Last Friday -- Def. Willoughby Andrews 60-33 in Jaguar Invitational

Last Saturday -- Lost to Columbus School for Girls 48-37 in final of Jaguar Invitational. Kelly Sonnett and Kara Concheck scored 11 points.

Friday -- Home vs. Licking County Christian

Tuesday -- Home vs. Worthington Christian. The Warriors, who lost to Wellington 40-36 in overtime Dec. 2, were 2-9 after losing to Ready 69-29 last Saturday.

Feb. 5 -- At East Knox. The Bulldogs were 3-12 after losing to Centerburg 47-36 last Saturday.

Of note: The Jaguars are 5-8.

SWIMMING

Last Saturday -- Boys: Lost to Grove City 89.5-61.5; Girls: Finished second (126) behind Grove City (150) and ahead of Village Academy (6)

Saturday -- At Centennial Stars Invitational