On January 21, the Upper Arlington girls basketball defeated Thomas Worthington 64-52 and gained the top spot in the OCC-Central Division.

Everything seemed to go right for the Golden Bears. Upper Arlington made a season-high nine 3-point field goals and the Golden Bears had three players score in double digits.

Mary Corbett, who was 3 of 4 from 3-point range, finished with 15 points, while Michela Paradiso had a game-high 18 points and Sarah Hobbes added 12.

Upper Arlington success on the offensive end was largely due to Corbett's on-court vision.

"Mary's a smart enough player to realize when she's getting doubled, someone else is open," UA coach Chris Savage said. "She knows she's going to get doubled, she embraces it and passes to hear teammates."

Thomas Worthington sunk the game's first basket, but after that UA dominated the scoreboard. Despite Thomas' comebacks, UA remained ahead by at least two points.

Defensively, Golden Bears' key focus was Cardinals' sophomore Fanny Frazier. While Frazier did finish with 15 points, UA was able to force her to left - Frazier is right-handed - and play smart, quick defense that included Olivia Menden drawing an offensive charge.

With the Golden Bears second round of league play now underway, Upper Arlington also has challenge of strong non-conference opponents, too.

"If we win (the non-conference games), we win, if we lose, we lose," Savage said. "At least we're getting better."

Most importantly, UA now has "a bunch of confidence" entering those games, according to Corbett.

"(This game) says a lot about our team and our heart and lately how we've been playing," she said.