The Wellington School boys basketball team learned a valuable lesson in the Jaguar Invitational.

The Wellington School boys basketball team learned a valuable lesson in the Jaguar Invitational.

The Jaguars finished second in the four-team event held Jan. 21-22, defeating Granville Christian 55-39 and losing to Shekinah Christian 56-45 in the final.

Wellington outscored Granville Christian 20-11 in the fourth quarter but was outscored by Shekinah Christian 32-17 in the second half.

"When you get to the second game, focus is a big thing," said junior Sam Zacher, who had nine points against both opponents. "As long as we're focused, we're able to take most teams down."

However, maintaining focus over a two-day stretch has been difficult for Wellington this season. When playing back-to-back games, the Jaguars are 1-3 in the first game and 1-3 in the second game.

"As soon as we mature, start taking care of the ball more and having a little better clock management, we're going to be rolling again," coach Brian McCants said.

"We were pretty undisciplined coming into this season, but that's one area where we've improved," Zacher said. "We need to get better. Right now, we're not playing up to our potential."

•After struggling through the first quarter of a 45-30 win over Willoughby Andrews Osborne in the consolation game of the Jaguar Invitational on Jan. 22, junior Sophie Knowles of the girls basketball team found her shooting touch.

Knowles hit a tournament-record five 3-pointers in the final three quarters and finished with 19 points to help the Jaguars finish third.

"I shot a lot in the first quarter, but I usually don't warm up until the second half," said Knowles, who also had 10 points and a 3-pointer in a 58-29 loss to Shekinah Christian on Jan. 21. "Sometimes they don't go in, but I know I have to keep shooting and shooting. If the entire team is hitting their shots, then I start making mine."

Knowles' previous high for 3-pointers was two, which she set in a 60-16 loss to Hartley on Jan. 12.

Columbus School for Girls went on to win the Jaguar Invitational by beating Shekinah Christian 44-40 in overtime in the final.

The Jaguars' point total against Andrews Osborne was their highest of the season. Having lost two of their top players in senior Grace Korandovich (foot) and junior Paige Price (finger) to injury, they have struggled offensively, averaging just 22.6 points through 13 games.

However, Wellington entered its game against Columbus Academy on Jan. 26 having won two of three.

"Before we'd go to games convinced we were going to lose," Knowles said. "Now we think we can win."

•Patrick Donlon has named as boys lacrosse coach.

"Patrick had a very balanced rsum," athletics director Liz Clapacs said. "He's very organized and enthusiastic. He looks at things from a full-program prospective, which was what we were looking for."

"I'm really looking forward to getting to know the players, parents and administration at Wellington," Donlon said. "I want to engulf myself in the rich tradition of Wellington and look forward to building on it."

Donlon has coached at many levels. He has worked with the Hilliard youth program, served as an assistant coach at St. Charles and was girls coach at Dublin Scioto, Olentangy and the Westerville club team.

In 2005, he helped the Ohio Dominican University men's team make the transition to a full varsity program.

Donlon replaces Andrew Farber, who was 19-13 in two years with the Jaguars. Wellington was 9-7 last year after losing to DeSales 11-8 in the first round of the Division II Central regional tournament.

"My first goal is to help develop my players as young men, not just as good lacrosse players," Donlon said.

AT A GLANCE

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Jan. 18 - Lost to Bexley 65-46. Tyler Sharp had 11 points.

Jan. 21 - Defeated Granville Christian 55-39. Tarren Taylor had 14 points.

Jan. 22 - Lost to Shekinah Christian 56-45

Jan. 25 - Played Sparta Highland

Feb. 4 - At Village Academy

Of note: The Jaguars were 4-9 before Jan. 25.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Jan. 21 - Lost Shekinah Christian 58-29. Sophie Knowles had 10 points. Shekinah Christian outscored the Jaguars 13-2 in the third quarter.

Jan. 22 - Def. Willoughby Andrews Osborne 45-30. Knowles had 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and Aris Troy scored 15.

Jan. 26 - Played Columbus Academy

Jan. 27 - Home vs. Shekinah Christian. The Jaguars lost to the Flames 52-24 on Dec. 16 and 58-29 on Jan. 21.

Feb. 3 - Home vs. Village Academy

Of note: The Jaguars were 4-9 before Jan. 26.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jan. 22 - Boys: Finished second (82) behind Olentangy (128) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (75); Girls: Finished third (103) behind Olentangy (116) and Orange (107)

Jan. 29 - Stars Invitational at Columbus Aquatic Center

Feb. 2 - Grove City and Reynoldsburg at Grove City YMCA