The Whitehall-Yearling High School boys basketball team will look for a sweep of Lakewood on Friday, Jan. 18, at Capital University.
The Rams defeated Lakewood 56-54 in the MSL-Ohio Division opener Dec. 8, but Whitehall coach Mike Barcus said the Lancers played without Joe Cramer, who was injured.
Along with Cramer, Reece Dupler is a key player for Lakewood.
Whitehall is 5-9 overall and 3-4 in the league.
The Rams lost to Bexley 71-58 on Jan. 8 as senior guard Demetrius Carr scored 16 points, junior guard D.A. Sanders scored 15 and junior point guard R.J. Mims scored 14.
"We didn't play very well until the fourth quarter," Barcus said. "Bexley had something to do with us not playing very well the first three quarters."
Whitehall lost to Granville 65-48 on Jan. 11 as Mims scored 13 points and Carr scored 11.
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Rams play Newark Catholic at Capital University. Whitehall lost the first game 62-54 on Dec. 14.
Girls basketball team struggling
The girls basketball team was 3-11 overall and 3-4 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Newark Catholic on Jan. 15.
Whitehall defeated Lakewood 41-32 on Jan. 11 and lost to Independence 43-34 on Jan. 12.
Against Lakewood, senior guard Mamie Russell scored 19 points.
Sophomore guard Gayle Poindexter scored 14 points and senior guard Ta'Shara Smith scored 10 against Independence.
Bowling teams resume play
The boys and girls bowling teams have resumed play after their holiday break.
The boys team defeated Columbus East 2,194-1,278 on Jan. 11 at Holiday Lanes as Chad Clites rolled a 413 series and Andrew Sturgill had a 411 series. The girls team defeated East 1,798-1,074 as Ashley Ford had a 347 series.
Before competing against Marion-Franklin on Jan. 14, the boys were 6-1 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-South Division, while the girls were 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the COHSBC-South.
"I would like them to mentally get ready to bowl and get consistent," boys coach Tavi Netotian said. "We finished the first half real strong."
The Rams will compete against Independence on Friday, Jan. 18, at Holiday Lanes.
"I would like to see the girls continue developing, especially in fundamentals," girls coach Jess Biller said.
"I am pleased with the progress of the girls who have never bowled until this year. Given our progress, our current focus is to do what we need to advance from sectionals to district."