The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls basketball team couldn't overcome a poor second quarter in a 37-34 loss to Mount Vernon on Jan. 24.
The Wolves were outscored 17-3 in the second to trail 21-11 at halftime. Kayla Pack scored 17 points and Carli Taute added seven as the Wolves rallied to put a scare in the OCC-Capital Division leader before falling to 10-6 overall and 5-5 in the league.
The Yellow Jackets, who lost their opener to Westerville Central 50-47 on Nov. 26, won their 14th consecutive game and improved to 9-0 in the league. Entering this week, Olentangy (8-1) was second in the league, followed by Delaware (6-4), New Albany (6-4), the Wolves, Big Walnut (4-6), Olentangy Orange (1-9) and Franklin Heights (0-10).
Kilbourne is preparing for a busy stretch to close the regular season. The Wolves play at Franklin Heights on Friday, Jan. 31, and then play host to Westland on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Olentangy on Tuesday, Feb. 4. That will be followed by games at New Albany on Feb. 7 and at Westerville Central on Feb. 11.
Sleet leads Cards past Westland
Thanks to a 17-8 second-quarter scoring advantage, Thomas built a 29-21 halftime lead and upset Westland 65-50 on Jan. 24.
Jada Sleet scored 20 points, Laura Gomez had 16 and Jenna Rao added 12 as the Cardinals improved to 5-11 overall and 3-7 in the OCC-Central.
Thomas' win knocked the Cougars out of a second-place tie in the league. Entering the week, they were tied with Olentangy Liberty for third at 7-3, behind Upper Arlington (9-1) and Dublin Coffman (8-2) and ahead of Marysville (4-6), the Cardinals, Central Crossing (1-9) and Hilliard Davidson (1-9).
Thomas, which played Coffman on Jan. 28, closes the regular season by playing four times in eight days. The Cardinals play host to Marysville on Friday, Jan. 31, and play at Canal Winchester on Saturday, Feb. 1, in a makeup from Jan. 25. They play at Central Crossing on Tuesday, Feb. 4, before playing host to Davidson on Feb. 7.
Thomas lost to Marysville 58-37 on Dec. 20 and beat Central Crossing 32-22 on Jan. 3.
-- Brad Emerine