Ready High School girls basketball coach Joe Lang has been impressed with his team's shooting consistency.
Through 12 games, senior post player Margie Berkemeyer was shooting 62 percent from the floor. Junior forward Lauren Ruth (54 percent) also was among area leaders.
Senior guard Caroline Riewe, senior post player Bobbie Menke and sophomore guard Delaney Cutteridge also have been shooting about 50 percent from the floor, according to Lang.
"The No. 1 thing is that they like each other," Lang said. "The other thing is that they take good shots."
Ready snapped a two-game skid by beating Westerville Central 53-35 on Jan. 21.
The Silver Knights lost to Hartley 57-56 in three overtimes Jan. 9 and fell to North Union 50-43 on Jan. 18 before getting 24 points from Riewe against Westerville Central.
Ready was 9-4 overall and 2-2 in the CCL before playing Watterson on Jan. 23. DeSales was leading the CCL at 4-1 before playing Hartley on Jan. 23, and Watterson and Hartley were 3-2.
Ruth was averaging a team-best 16.2 points, followed by Berkemeyer (10.2), Riewe (9.8) and Cutteridge (8.1).
Boys team set for Watterson rematch
The boys basketball team will get a chance to avenge one of its closest losses when it plays Friday, Jan. 31, at defending Division II state champion Watterson.
On Dec. 20, the Knights lost to the Eagles 56-52.
Ready also lost a pair of league games to Hartley, 54-46 on Jan. 4 and 54-49 on Jan. 17. The Knights were 11-3 overall and 2-3 in the CCL before playing St. Charles on Jan. 24.
In the first-round matchup with Watterson, Josh Gantz had 16 points, Shane Lee scored 14 and Jimmy Hanley added 12, but the Eagles got 16 points apiece from Matt Lehmann and Matt Hughes.
Watterson had a 31-game winning streak snapped with a 56-43 loss to Middletown on Jan. 11, but was 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the league before playing Hartley on Jan. 24.
Bowling teams battling for titles
Titles for the boys and girls bowling teams still are in play in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division.
The girls team was 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the league before facing Columbus Academy on Jan. 23. Among its remaining matches is Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Capri Lanes against DeSales, which was 6-0 in the league before facing Northland on Jan. 23.
Paige Sutfin was second in central Ohio in average at 201.4 before Jan. 23, behind Briggs' Tori Pappas (204.0).
The boys were 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the league before facing Academy on Jan. 23. DeSales was 8-0 in the league before facing Northland on Jan. 23, and Academy was 9-1.
Andrew Rinehart was leading Ready in average at 186.5.
Garren, Stover win CIT titles
One of the final tuneups for the postseason for the wrestling team the last several years has been the Catholic Invitational Tournament, and the Knights came away with two titles this year.
On Jan. 19 at Cleveland State, seniors Patrik Garren (heavyweight) and Patrick Stover (152 pounds) captured titles as Ready placed ninth (96) in the 30-team field. Cincinnati Moeller (239.5) won the title.
Also placing were seniors Steven Pozz (fifth at 132) and Will Martello (sixth at 160).
On Jan. 22 in the Division III state team tournament, fifth-seeded Ready beat fourth-seeded Liberty Union 36-34 and then lost to top-seeded and host Hartley 52-19 in Region 21-A matches.
The Knights compete Saturday, Feb. 1, in the CCL tournament at St. Charles.
Before Ready competed in the Cruiser Invitational on Jan. 25 at Groveport, Garren was 29-1. Also with winning records were Pozz (26-7), Stover (21-4), Martello (20-9) and senior Dalton Scott (16-7 at 138/145).