Brien Hodgson said the boys basketball squad continues to grow as a team.

Brien Hodgson said the boys basketball squad continues to grow as a team.

The Worthington Christian High School boys basketball team has been reminded this winter that positives sometimes can come from having an offense by committee.

From 2006-09, the Warriors won two district championships and were district runners-up twice in Division IV with Brian Hecker leading the way. The Cedarville University junior finished third on the Warriors' all-time scoring list with 1,583 points and averaged 18.4 points during his prep career.

Before Hecker, players such as 2006 graduate Chris Beals and 2000 graduate Sam Smith made their mark in the program with their offensive prowess.

The Warriors' leading scorers the past two seasons averaged 10.6 and 11.1 points, respectively, and the team finished with losing records both seasons.

Senior Brooks Weygandt was averaging a team-high 13 points through 14 games, but wins have come at a much steadier rate this season.

The Warriors had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 50-48 overtime loss to Buckeye Valley on Jan. 24 but are on pace for their first winning season since 2008-09.

"We don't have that one guy who can score 20 points every game for us, and that sometimes hurts us in a game like (the loss to Buckeye Valley)," coach Kevin Weakley said. "But overall, it makes it difficult to prepare for us."

Weygandt scored in double figures 11 times in 14 games and was the Warriors' leading scorer nine times.

Senior Kyle Wade, junior Addison Taylor and sophomore Isaiah Keene have provided the Warriors with other offensive options.

Wade scored 28 points Dec. 7 in an 84-67 loss to Centennial and was averaging 8.9 points through 14 games. Taylor was not available for the first three games but was averaging 8.1 points through 14 games while also spending significant time at point guard.

Keene was averaging 8.8 points through 12 games before missing the next three for disciplinary reasons. He is expected to return to the lineup Saturday, Feb. 4, at Licking Heights.

In addition to the offensive contributions by various sources, players such as senior guards Chris Bradley, Brien Hodgson and Luke Rettstatt have taken on key roles.

"We've had a couple tough losses, but we're definitely growing as a team," Hodgson said. "We've improved a lot since last year. Our chemistry is good and our talent is improved from last year. This year we've got penetrators, shooters, post guys and a good bench. We've also got well-rounded scoring."

Buckeye Valley began a stretch of three consecutive games against Division II opponents. The Warriors lost to Watterson 49-32 on Jan. 27 and play Saturday, Feb. 4, at Licking Heights.

Entering play Jan. 31, Buckeye Valley, Watterson and Licking Heights were a combined 33-10.

"They're all three Division II schools and they're all leading their (respective) conferences," said Weakley, whose team is 9-6 and was fifth in the Division III area coaches poll last week. "It should give us an idea of where we are."

Weakley needs four victories to reach 200 for his coaching career. His career record is 196-86 in 12 seasons.

•The girls basketball team is on the verge of a second consecutive winning season.

After losing four in a row from Dec. 10-20, the Warriors had won five in a row and six of seven before losing to Ready 35-28 on Jan. 28. They played Columbus School for Girls on Jan. 31.

Junior post player Audrey Rettstatt was averaging 15 points through 15 games, including 19.5 points during a four-game stretch - all victories - after Worthington Christian lost to Shekinah Christian 52-43 on Jan. 5.

The Warriors were fifth in the Division IV area coaches poll last week.

"I think we've really improved and we're starting to get in our own way a little bit less," coach Adam Heath said. "If you look at the district polls, six of our first 10 games were against teams that were ranked in the district. We've come through the tough part of our schedule intact."

Juniors Kelsey Morgan, Abbie Moss and Courtney Prior and sophomore Ali Spayde have been steady contributors in addition to Rettstatt, according to Heath. Junior Katie Feusse also has taken on a bigger role.

The Warriors lost their leading scorer from a year ago, Stacey Hecker, for the season in early December because of a concussion.

"Audrey Rettstatt has been scoring around 20 a game, and Kelsey Morgan has had a sneaky good season," Heath said.

"One thing we were worried about when we lost Stacey is that she was doing the majority of the ball-handling, but Ali Spayde and Abbie Moss have grown into that role for us. Our bench is so much better than it was six or seven games ago."