As a father, Westerville South High School boys basketball coach Ed Calo is proud of his son Anthony's progress as the coach at Olentangy Orange.

As a competitor, Calo faces "a no-win situation" when the teams square off.

The Wildcats avenged a 57-54 loss at Orange on Dec. 22 with a 53-45 home win Feb. 2. The Pioneers' win in December was Anthony's first victory against his father.

South now is 3-1 in the father-son matchups.

"It's tough," Ed Calo said. "I love my son and I want him to win, but I don't want to lose, so it's a no-win situation."

The Wildcats won both meetings last season, 56-34 and 71-37, in the teams' first year in the OCC-Buckeye Division.

After finishing 8-15 last season, the Pioneers were 11-7 before playing Franklin Heights on Feb. 6.

In the latest meeting between the Calos, South rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second quarter to close to 23-22 at halftime. The Wildcats eventually took the lead for good at 45-43 on Jordan McMillian's basket with 1 minute, 35 seconds remaining.

"We just had to bounce back and play hard as a team and we got the 'W,' " said McMillian, whose team was 12-5 overall before playing Upper Arlington on Feb. 6.

McMillian finished with a career-high 27 points against Orange, and Emmanuel Sunnyway added 11.

"I was pretty comfortable," McMillian said. "My teammates set me up pretty nice, so I have to thank my teammates."

After a 49-46 loss at Thomas Worthington on Jan. 27, a game in which the Wildcats were just 10-for-26 from the free-throw line, Calo was pleased with his team's ability to bounce back.

The Wildcats were 17-for-20 from the line against the Pioneers.

"That makes a big difference," Calo said of the improved free-throw shooting. "Our kids had a great focus on that. People said are you going to spend the whole week shooting free throws, and the answer was no. It's a mental thing.

"Just go out there and do the same thing that you've done all the time. It's a matter of poise in a situation and I'm really proud of our guys for having a great focus at the foul line. They did a great job."

After a 1-3 start in the OCC-Buckeye, South is 5-3 in the league as it prepares to visit Westerville North on Friday, Feb. 9. The Wildcats lost to the Warriors 56-39 on Jan. 5.

"We always talk about (how) we want to be better in the second half," Calo said. "We want to make sure that we keep on growing, keep on getting better and that's what we're trying to do."

North has secured at least a share of the OCC-Buckeye title at 7-1 and closes league play Feb. 16 at Orange.

South is second in the OCC-Buckeye and wraps up league play Feb. 16 against visiting Westerville Central.

"We have to get better every day as a team and keep moving forward and make a run in the playoffs," McMillian said.

The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 11.

Girls basketball team seeks outright title

The girls basketball team moved closer to an outright OCC-Buckeye title with a 51-21 win at Orange on Feb. 2.

Cailin Duffy, Peyton Guice and Gabby Hutcherson led a balanced attack for South as each scored seven points.

The Wildcats are 8-0 in the league and have clinched at least a share of the title. They can clinch the outright title with a win Friday, Feb. 9, at North.

"We're having fun this year, especially because we're so close to winning the OCC," said Guice, whose team was 14-5 overall before playing UA on Feb. 6. "Right now we're sharing it, so if we beat North then we'll win it (outright). We're really excited."

Central is second in the league at 6-2. South plays host to Central on Feb. 16.

Bowling teams cap conference play

The boys and girls bowling teams each finished with winning records in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-A Division.

The boys tied for third (8-4) behind Central (12-0) and Gahanna (10-2). South lost to Gahanna 2,247-1,933 on Feb. 1.

The Wildcats went 4-3 in the OCC-Buckeye to tie for second behind Central (7-0).

The girls finished fifth (7-5) in the COHSBC-A behind champion Gahanna (12-0). South lost to the Lions 1,964-1,672 on Feb. 1.

The Wildcats went 4-3 in the OCC-Buckeye to finish third behind Olentangy (7-0) and Central (6-1).

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the South boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Feb. 9 -- At Westerville North. The Wildcats lost to the Warriors 56-39 on Jan. 5.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Feb. 9 -- At North. The Wildcats defeated the Warriors 44-25 on Jan. 5.

Feb. 23 -- Home vs. 28th-seeded Mount Vernon or 34th-seeded Marion Harding in second round of Division I district tournament. The Wildcats have a first-round bye and are seeded fifth.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Feb. 10 -- Division I sectional swimming meet at Upper Arlington. The winner of each event and 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites advance to district Feb. 17 at Ohio University.

Feb. 12 -- Division I district diving meet at Dublin Recreation Center. The top four girls advance to state Feb. 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

WRESTLING

*Feb. 8 -- At Olentangy Orange

*League contest