There have been as many downs as ups for the Marysville High School girls basketball team so far this season, and that doesn't sit well with the Monarchs.

There have been as many downs as ups for the Marysville High School girls basketball team so far this season, and that doesn't sit well with the Monarchs.

The Monarchs were 3-5 overall and 1-5 in the OCC-Central Division after losing to Upper Arlington 52-32 on Dec. 22. The loss was their fourth in a row.

"We want to live up to our full potential," senior guard Kayley Gordon said. "We don't want to go out on a bad note, so we're getting back to the basics and working super hard and hopefully we can turn it around soon."

The Monarchs will see whether that work pays off when they play host to North Union, a Division III program, on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

North Union, which was 7-1 before playing Marion Harding on Dec. 22, beat Marysville 45-39 last year.

"They're having a great season," coach Andrea Miller said of North Union. "We definitely have some challenging games coming up and hopefully we can turn it around."

Marysville also will play host Saturday, Jan. 2, to Harding, which beat the Monarchs 38-33 last season.

Harding was 3-6 before playing North Union.

Marysville resumes OCC-Central play Jan. 5 at Central Crossing.

In a league game Dec. 18, the Monarchs lost at home to Thomas Worthington 63-45. Gordon hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and Sarah O'Neil and Daryn Stiers each scored 10 points.

"It was a tough loss," Miller said. "We just couldn't score. We had turnovers and were getting decent looks and just couldn't score. It's the story of our season so far this year."

The Monarchs finished 16-9 last year, and Gordon and her teammates are hoping to near that mark again this season.

"I see all kinds of potential," Gordon said. "We definitely need to get higher in our conference. We're falling behind and we need to get key wins in our conference. We have to get one of those key victories against one of the top teams in the conference. Everyone is writing us off. I don't want to be written off like that."

Boys basketball team to face Brunswick

The boys basketball team was 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Central after losing to UA 54-51 on Dec. 22.

Marysville will play host to Brunswick on Tuesday, Dec. 29, in a matchup that originally was supposed to take place in northeast Ohio.

The Monarchs were scheduled to play in the Brunswick Holiday Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30, but the event was canceled because Brunswick couldn't find a fourth team.

"Brunswick is really good," coach Ryan Grose said. "They're ranked in the top 10 teams in the Cleveland area, which obviously has some good basketball up there, so that will be another big challenge for us, a non-conference game against a good opponent."

The Monarchs lost at Thomas 61-58 on Dec. 18. They were up 18-7 after one quarter and led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but were outscored 21-13 in the third quarter and 39-27 in the second half.

"It was a tale of two halves," Grose said. "We played really well in the first half and then didn't make enough plays in the third quarter and that cost us. I was disappointed we didn't get out of there with the win."

Jevon Knox, who sat out a 62-44 win over Kenton on Dec. 14 with a sprained ankle, scored a game-high 24 points.

Wrestlers heading to northeast Ohio

The wrestling team will compete in the Brecksville Holiday Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 29, and Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

Last season, the Monarchs finished 31st (55.5 points) of 45 teams in the tournament, behind champion Delta (214).

"We try to build our program around seeing the best competition we can," coach Shawn Andrews said. "We know going up there we're going to get that. We're going to get those Cleveland-area schools as well as a couple out-of-state schools. It's an opportunity to test yourself. We feel if you can place at that tournament, you're in a good position to place at the state tournament."

Maryville competed in the Southwestern Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Tournament on Dec. 19 and 20 and finished seventh (123) of 33 teams behind champion and host Harrison (178).

Jake Marsh was second at 138 pounds, Noah Satterfield was fifth at 195, Jacob Satterfield was sixth at 106 and Walker Heard was sixth at 132.

"We were feeling pretty good after day one," Andrews said. "Day two, the wrestling is tougher because you're wrestling everyone else who won on day one. I hoped we would come out ahead in a few more matches than we did, but we placed eight guys. It's the most we've placed at that tournament."

Swimming teams lose to Olentangy

The boys and girls swimming and diving teams both lost to Olentangy on Dec. 18 at Liberty Township/Powell YMCA.

The boys lost 100.5-67.5 as Connor Hall won the 100-yard backstroke (57.84 seconds) and Micah Haynes won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.46). Hall, Haynes, Ryan Groehl and Simon Buchheit won the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.08).

The girls lost 125-36 as Rachel Poling won the 50 free (26.88) and 100 breast (1:13.02).