Maggie Crozier of the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls basketball team spent time over the holidays making memories with family and close friends.
The senior guard also made special memories on the court.
Competing in the Carolina Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina, Crozier surpassed the 1,000-point barrier for her career during a 43-32 loss to Sumter (S.C.) Wilson Hall on Dec. 30, when she scored 12 points.
In the Wolves' next game, a 64-54 win at Walnut Ridge on Jan. 3, she scored a program-record 32 points, giving her a program-record 1,037 career points.
Kayla Pack, a 2014 graduate, owned the previous career scoring mark with 1,018 points and 1998 graduate Tara Brinkman set the previous single-game record with 31 points.
"Surpassing 1,000 points was really fun because the crowd and team knew it was coming and we took a timeout to celebrate," Crozier said. "Getting the (career scoring) record was fun, but it was a little more secretive because not everyone knew that was coming."
Crozier set the single-game scoring record on the second of two free-throw attempts with 32 seconds remaining. She missed the first attempt.
"It all happened in two games and it was kind of fast," said Crozier, who was averaging 18.5 points through 13 games. "Morgan Schutte, one of my best friends, was really pushing me and getting me the ball late (against Walnut Ridge) so I could get the (single-game) record. That's what I'll remember most.
"It won't be the specific details. It'll be the hugging and celebrating with my teammates and family. My teammates are my closest friends and I got to enjoy it with them. I love my teammates, so it was pretty special."
The Wolves were 3-10 overall before playing Jan. 9 at Marion Harding and are 1-5 in the OCC-Cardinal Division entering a game Friday, Jan. 12, at Thomas. The game will be at 6 p.m., ahead of the Thomas-Kilbourne boys game.
"We're playing a lot faster now and I knew that would happen once the team jelled," coach Jim Strode said. "Maggie obviously has been super as expected. What I like about the things she just accomplished is that she didn't force shots up or change her game. She stuck with her normal approach and just played her role, which is attacking the rim and hitting outside shots. She's a terrific player and a wonderful teammate and role model."
Kilbourne, which lost to league-leading Dublin Scioto 52-43 on Jan. 5 despite getting 22 points from Crozier, is seeking to avenge a 41-34 loss to Thomas on Dec. 4.
"Since the girls first had an orange ball in their hands, they've played with and against the girls at Thomas, so this game is always special to the kids and the community no matter what the teams' records might be," said Strode, whose team went 1-2 in the Carolina Invitational, also losing to Columbia (S.C.) Irmo (51-49 on Dec. 28) and defeating Columbia (S.C.) Ben Lippen (66-30 on Dec. 29). "I also think playing the girls and boys varsity games in the same gym on the same night is special for the girls. It's a Worthington hoops fest of sorts."
Boys basketball team endures close losses
The boys basketball team was looking to bounce back from a few tough losses over the holiday break when it played visiting Canal Winchester on Jan. 9.
Kilbourne, which will play an OCC-Cardinal contest Friday, Jan. 12, at Thomas, was 1-7 overall before playing the Indians and fell to 1-4 in the league with a 46-43 loss to visiting Scioto on Jan. 5. The Irish scored five points in the final 5.7 seconds, including a 3-pointer by Noah Brechbuhler at the buzzer.
After Jake Hirschy gave Kilbourne a 43-41 lead with two free throws with 12 seconds left, Victor Mwamba tied the game on a layup and Brechbuhler stole the inbounds pass and hit the winning shot from about 25 feet.
The Wolves lost to visiting Delaware 52-48 in a league contest Dec. 22. They trailed 26-18 at halftime but got to within three points in the fourth quarter. The Pacers helped seal the outcome by making 10 of 12 free-throw attempts.
Gavin Baker had 10 points against Scioto, while Brayden Carter and Zach Wilson both scored nine and Hirschy added eight.
Against Delaware, Wilson and Baker both had 13 points and Chase Brown scored 10.
Boys bowling team out to strong start
The boys bowling team won its first two matches of 2018 and appears to be set to make a run to compete for league titles in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-B Division and OCC-Cardinal.
The Wolves were 4-1 overall, 2-1 in the COHSBC-B and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before competing against Delaware on Jan. 9 at Colony Lanes.
Through five matches, Evan Place had a team-best 210 game average, followed by John Catanzarite (187.2), Michael Barnewall (183.9), Zac Legue (183.6) and Colby Sutherland (177.9).
The Wolves defeated Lancaster 2,265-1,893 on Jan. 4 and Columbus Academy 2,082-1,433 the following day.
The girls team was 1-4 overall, 1-2 in the COHSBC-B and 1-1 in the OCC-Cardinal before competing against Delaware.
Meghan Gaines (156.8) and Casey Knuth (154.6) led Kilbourne through five matches.
The Wolves lost to Lancaster 1,863-1,765 and beat Academy 1,724-1,187.
Below are the coming schedules for the Kilbourne boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 12 -- At Thomas
Jan. 13 -- At Fort Recovery
Jan. 16 -- At Gahanna
*Jan. 12 -- At Thomas. The Wolves lost to the Cardinals 41-34 on Dec. 4.
Jan. 16 -- At New Albany
*Jan. 11 -- Pickerington North at Rule 3
Jan. 13 -- Central District Preview at Columbus Square Bowling Palace
Jan. 16 -- Olentangy Orange at Capri Lanes
*Jan. 17 -- Pickerington Central at Capri Lanes
Jan. 11 -- Home vs. *Dublin Jerome and *Dublin Scioto
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 13 -- Northeast Classic at Branin Natatorium in Canton
Jan. 17 -- Bexley at Thomas
*Jan. 11 -- Home vs. Dublin Jerome
Jan. 12-13 -- Top Gun Invitational at Alliance