It didn't seem to matter that the Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high school boys basketball teams had a combined one victory entering their game against each other last Saturday at Kilbourne.

It didn't seem to matter that the Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high school boys basketball teams had a combined one victory entering their game against each other last Saturday at Kilbourne.

The excitement for the first league meeting between the two was evident as Thomas earned its first victory, 52-39.

"The atmosphere that we've had for all the Thomas Worthington-Worthington Kilbourne games have been like that, an electric environment," Thomas coach Bob Miller said. "It's great for the kids, it's fun for the fans (and) it's really what high school basketball should be all about, I think.

"When Thomas Worthington plays Kilbourne, it's a pretty big game for the community."

"It's our rival," said Thomas guard Nick Girardi, who scored 12 points.

"(The crowd) gives you a lot of con-fidence."

Thomas had a 12-0 run in the first quarter and ended the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 29-15 lead.

The Cardinals were up 41-19 late in the third quarter, but the Wolves came back with runs of 10-0 and 8-0 in the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to 45-37 with 2 minutes, 15 seconds left. The Cardinals slammed the door shut, though, by holding a 7-2 advantage the rest of the way.

Nathan Sparks led Kilbourne with 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

"We've had some close (games) that we very easily could have won and didn't," said Miller, whose team earlier this season had lost three in a row by seven or fewer points.

Six of the Cardinals' next games will be at home.

"It will be nice to come back home," Miller said. "We've got a long way to go, but it was nice to get a win (last Saturday)."

•Thomas completed the sweep last Saturday as its girls team won 68-44, improving to 4-4 overall before last Tuesday and 2-3 in the OCC-Central Division.

The Wolves took a 13-9 lead, but that was erased by a 10-0 run by the Cardinals into the second quarter. Thomas post player Erika Rousculp led all scorers with 19 points.

"It was really important for us to win this game," Rousculp said. "We've played on AAU teams together. We all know each other. We knew it was going to be intense."

"We were fortunate that we came out focused and maintained our intensity," Thomas coach Laurie Barr said.

Maggie Sullivan led Kilbourne with 15 points.

"We're just building this year, trying to get better each game, taking each game one at a time," Barr said. "We want to win and we want to have fun, but the main focus is building a foundation."

"We've got our record even now, which is good," Rousculp said. "We're going to go on a winning streak, probably. I can feel it."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Thomas 52-39

Saturday -- Home vs. Toledo St. Francis

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Central Crossing

Of note: The Wolves are 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Central.

GIRLS

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Thomas 68-44

*Tuesday -- At Central Crossing

Of note: The Wolves are 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central game

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Thomas boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS

*Dec. 23 -- Lost to Westland 75-60. Sam Bohon scored 16. Nick Girardi and Eric Easley each had 10.

*Last Saturday -- Defeated Kilbourne 52-39

Last Monday -- Played Canal Winchester

Saturday -- Home vs. West

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Hilliard Darby

Of note: The Cardinals were 1-6 overall before last Monday and are 1-4 in the OCC-Central.

GIRLS

*Dec. 23 -- Def. Westland 66-28. Erika Rousculp scored 16 points, Brooklyn Martinez had 12 and Natalie Carroll added 10 as 10 Cardinals scored.

*Last Saturday -- Def. Kilbourne 68-44

Last Tuesday -- Played Big Walnut

*Tuesday -- At Darby

Of note: The Cardinals were 4-4 overall before last Tuesday and are 2-3 in the OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central game