With no league title to play for until next season when it joins the MSL, the Wellington School girls basketball team annually has viewed its home Jaguar Invitational as being vital to its postseason preparation.

With no league title to play for until next season when it joins the MSL, the Wellington School girls basketball team annually has viewed its home Jaguar Invitational as being vital to its postseason preparation.

This year's event could be particularly crucial considering some of the ups and downs the Jaguars have had this season.

Junior Macey Shock scored 22 points in a 45-30 victory over Mount Gilead on Jan. 3 and 23 in a 69-59 win over Grove City Christian on Jan. 5, but she and her sister, sophomore Addie Shock, both missed multiple games in December because of other commitments.

In addition, sophomore Savannah Childress, a Columbus Academy transfer, could end up being a key player after having to sit out the first 11 games because of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's transfer rule.

Wellington was 6-4 and had won five consecutive games before playing Berne Union on Jan. 17.

"We continue to work at making the Jaguar Invitational a competitive event that serves as a primer for the postseason," coach Bill Mitchin said.

On Friday, Jan. 20, the Jaguars will play Harvest Prep at 4 p.m. and Bexley will face Ready at 8 p.m. in semifinals.

The consolation game will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, while the championship game is at 2 p.m.

Bexley beat Wellington 53-37 to win last year's title but was 6-7 before playing Whitehall on Jan. 17. Entering the week, senior guard Brie Toney, a Marshall University signee, had yet to play this season because of injury.

Ready was 4-10 after beating Patriot Prep Academy 55-37 on Jan. 14, while Harvest Prep lost eight of its first nine games.

Boys basketball team
also preps for event

The boys basketball team will open the Jaguar Invitational at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, against Horizon Science Academy.

The other semifinal features Bexley and Circleville at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the consolation game will be held at noon, while the championship game is set for 4 p.m.

Last season, Wellington opened the Jaguar Invitational by defeating Horizon Science 83-36 and then beat Bexley 56-43 to win the championship.

The Jaguars are 9-4 after routing Circleville New Hope Christian 74-20 on Jan. 12 and beating Whetstone 66-43 on Jan. 14.

"Things have been going pretty well," coach Artie Taylor said. "We got off to a shaky start with injuries and transfers not being eligible to play. They're learning on the fly and getting better."

Senior post players Adam Porter and Dustin Harder both were averaging 13 points through 11 games.

Junior guard Bob Faller has yet to play this season because of injury but is expected to return by the end of the month.

Juniors Solomon Pierre-Louis and Guy Schmidt, who are transfers from Columbus Academy and Grandview, respectively, had to sit out the first 11 games because of the OHSAA's transfer rule.

Circleville, which was 4-7 before playing Washington Court House on Jan. 17, has replaced Shekinah Christian in this year's Jaguar Invitational field.

Bexley was 5-6 before playing Logan Elm on Jan. 17 and Horizon Science was 2-11 after losing to Richmond Edison 67-53 on Jan. 16.

"It's all (larger schools), so (the Jaguar Invitational is) just a huge challenge for us," Taylor said. "It's a long tradition going on here and the fans support it well."

Swimmers prep
for stretch run

The boys and girls swimming and diving teams have a little more than three weeks remaining before they compete in the Division II sectional meet Feb. 11 at Upper Arlington.

After competing in six meets in December, the Jaguars are even busier this month with seven scheduled events.

On Dec. 30 in the five-team Wellington Holiday Invitational, the boys scored 248 points to finish third behind Centennial (336) and Marion Harding (282), while the girls were third (241) behind Whetstone (352) and Bexley (327).

Seniors Shashank Singh and John Haynes and juniors Eric Jacques and David Jacques of the boys team and freshman Sara Anderson of the girls squad have been among the standouts, according to coach Bill Miller.

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