The Ready High School girls basketball team will enter the Division III district tournament about three weeks from now with the goal of proving its record doesn't line up with its talent level.

The Ready High School girls basketball team will enter the Division III district tournament about three weeks from now with the goal of proving its record doesn't line up with its talent level.

The Silver Knights' belief that they're beginning to maximize their talent is centered on the abilities of players such as Kim Lloyd.

With three games remaining in the regular season, the 5-foot-6 junior guard has been averaging 13 points and shooting better than 43 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the free-throw line.

But other skills that she has developed - both on and off the court - have been just as important to her development as a player.

During the fall, Lloyd played for the girls soccer team, participated in girls basketball conditioning and played trumpet in the marching band.

"The thing I like is that she's a kid who we've been able to depend on every night for 10 to 14 points a game, and Kim is no doubt our best basketball mind," coach Joe Lang said. "She understands the game, and that's been kind of key for us. She's not super quick, but she does have great anticipation.

"She's a soccer player in the fall, and is in the marching band and the concert band. She's a good student. It just seems like she's always involved in something. She's not a rah-rah player, but she does a good job of leading by example. She does a great job of balancing her time. She doesn't waste time, and that's how she plays on the court."

Lloyd, who averaged 8.8 points a year ago, showed her improvement in Ready's opening 47-46 loss to Worthington Kilbourne on Nov. 25, when she made six 3-pointers and scored 29 points.

She also had 23 points in a 58-12 victory over Columbus School for Girls on Dec. 7 and scored 20 in a 37-34 loss to Hartley on Jan. 7.

Although Lloyd sometimes has to pick what she'll be involved in on a particular day during the fall and at times can't participate in basketball open gyms, she believes her other activities have helped her on the court.

Lloyd has played the trumpet for six years and participated in marching band each of her three years of high school.

"All of last summer I played AAU, and that's helped me get better," Lloyd said. "I definitely feel like I manage my time well. I'm one of those people who has to stay busy. One thing I'm doing is always helping the other things. My conditioning in basketball has helped me in marching band and the speed I'm getting has helped me in soccer.

"I feel like when you go out in as many things as I do, the goal is to get done what you need to get done so you can have fun. When I do that, I love them even more."

Lloyd is one of five returnees who have been regular contributors, along with seniors Nikki Brown, Ciara Carr and Caitlin McAndrew and junior Carly Culbertson.

Freshman Lauren Ruth has emerged as the team's second-leading scorer at more than nine points per game. Sophomore Caroline Riewe has been averaging more than three steals.

In addition, sophomore Margi Berkemeyer is back on the court after missing the first 12 games with illness.

"I'm pretty pleased with where we're at," Lang said. "Rebounding-wise, we're actually doing better than I thought we would. Where we have to get better is in the offensive area. Carly Culbertson has been playing better and Lauren Ruth has been a surprise. Kim Lloyd has been consistent for us."

•Joel Cutler was named football coach on Jan. 12.

The 1994 Jonathan Alder graduate played for the University of Dayton and has been an assistant coach for Upper Arlington since 1999.

He replaces Larry Wolf, who retired after going 101-51 in 14 seasons. The Silver Knights had just three losing seasons and made the playoffs seven times under Wolf, although they finished 4-6 and lost to Hartley for the CCL-Gold Division championship each of the past two seasons.

Cutler coached the offensive and defensive lines and was the co-coordinator of special teams for the Golden Bears. Upper Arlington won the 2000 Division I state championship, and Cutler helped the Bears make eight playoff appearances in 13 seasons.

"One of the big things that attracted me to Bishop Ready is the great tradition and that they take academics and football very seriously," Cutler said. "That's something I'm pretty familiar with being I'm a Jonathan Alder and a Dayton graduate and have been part of the Upper Arlington community for the last 13 years. I grew up a practicing Catholic and attended some parochial school."

Cutler also was a co-coach with the UA track and field program the past two years. According to Ready athletics director Ralph Locke, longtime Silver Knights coach Dean Tower is retiring from teaching at the end of the school year but will remain coach of the track and cross country programs.

Cutler isn't planning to coach track this spring but will remain in the UA school district as a health and physical education teacher at Greensview Elementary.

One of Cutler's siblings, Kyle Cutler, is a 2002 Jonathan Alder graduate who is expected to join Cutler's staff. He coached linebackers at Dublin Coffman the last three years.

Joel Cutler's wife, Elaine Cutler, is a pharmacist at the James Cancer Hospital.

"Upper Arlington has a great community and we feel like we have a great community," Locke said. "He's ready to take over a program and we feel like he's a great fit for Bishop Ready."

"I'm looking forward to starting and working with the young men in the weight room," Joel Cutler said. "The quicker we build that rapport with everybody, the quicker we'll get off and running. I really want to focus on getting a strength and conditioning program up and running, and I've got to put a great staff together."