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Girls Basketball

Pack shoots way to top of scoring list

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Kayla Pack would rather celebrate a victory than a personal milestone.

When the 5-foot-7 senior guard became the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls basketball program's all-time leading scorer Feb. 1 in a 46-43 overtime win over Westland, she didn't want to interrupt the game to receive accolades.

"They gave me the game ball and snapped a quick picture and I was like, 'Let's get back to the game,'" said Pack, who tied 2003 graduate Brittany Roeder for career points (943) with her first basket against Westland and passed her later in the first quarter. "It was fun when we won and I had all of my teammates sign the ball."

Pack knew she was approaching the scoring record, but hadn't said much about it to her friends and teammates in the days leading up to the game against Westland.

"It was our senior night and we wanted to celebrate that," she said.

However, first-year coach Jim Strode wanted to honor Pack when she broke the program record and so he informed her teammates before the Westland game.

"That's the way she is," said Strode, whose team was 12-7 overall and 6-6 in the OCC-Capital Division before playing Olentangy on Feb. 4. "She didn't want to take the spotlight away from (senior night). She hasn't been a part of much winning at Kilbourne, so she's really enjoying this year and she's focused on winning as many games as possible and extending the season during the (Division I district tournament)."

Pack finished with 21 points, scoring six of the Wolves' nine in overtime, to raise her career point total to 962.

Kilbourne trailed Westland by 10 points late in the second quarter after Pack went to the bench in foul trouble. She returned to the game late in the first half and assisted on a 3-pointer by Carli Taute that cut Kilbourne's deficit to 21-14 heading into halftime.

Taute finished with 14 points against Westland.

The Wolves defeated Franklin Heights 53-46 in an OCC-Capital game Jan. 31, two days after losing to Big Walnut 50-43 in overtime in a league contest. Pack had 24 points and Taute scored nine against Franklin Heights, and Taute had 12 points and Jordyn Wilson added eight against Big Walnut.

Kilbourne travels to New Albany on Friday, Feb. 7, for its league finale before closing the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Westerville Central.

"I'd like to get to 1,000 points, but if I don't, it's OK, especially if we're winning," Pack said. "I just want to win these final games and finish strong."

"Kayla is a one-of-a-kind basketball kid who I've seen for many years in AAU," Strode said. "She's not the tallest player and she's not the most athletic, but she has the biggest heart of anyone on the floor every game. Her basketball IQ is off the charts and she has deceptive skills and a quick first step.

"Her father, Craig Pack, was a center for the Ohio State men's basketball team back in the day and her uncle is Jim Lachey, a former great for the Buckeyes' football team, so she has a true competitive spirit."

Kilbourne is seeded 24th of 47 teams in the district tournament and will play at 15th-seeded DeSales in the first round Feb. 17.

Cards fall in pair of close finishes

Thomas lost two close games last week, falling to Marysville 57-55 in an OCC-Central game Jan. 31 and Canal Winchester 53-50 on Feb. 1.

The Cardinals were 5-13 overall and 3-8 in the OCC-Central before playing Central Crossing on Feb. 4.

Jada Sleet and Laura Gomez both had 16 points and Jordan Fischbach scored 14 against the Monarchs, and Sleet scored 20 against the Indians.

Thomas will close the regular season with league games at home against Hilliard Davidson on Friday, Feb. 7, and Dublin Coffman on Monday, Feb. 10.

The Cardinals are seeded 36th in the Division I district tournament and have a first-round bye. They will play second-seeded Upper Arlington or 38th-seeded Central Crossing in the second round Feb. 20.

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