The Columbus School for Girls basketball team entered the season with modest goals. The Unicorns hoped to play well during the regular season and possibly win a tournament game.

The Columbus School for Girls basketball team entered the season with modest goals. The Unicorns hoped to play well during the regular season and possibly win a tournament game.

CSG finished the regular season strong, going 7-3 in its final 10 games. Now, the Unicorns are thinking about a possible trip to a Division III district semifinal following a 41-29 win over Amanda-Clearcreek in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 17.

The Unicorns play a second-round game on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Granville against Newark Catholic, a team similar to CSG. The Green Wave went 6-4 in its final 10 regular-season games and earned an upset in the first round of the tournament by defeating eighth-seeded Columbus Academy 40-39 on Feb. 17.

CSG earned a measure of revenge over Amanda-Clearcreek, which defeated the Unicorns 42-41 on Feb. 3 when a charging call wiped out what would have been guard Enri Small's go-ahead layup with 1 second left.

The second meeting produced a better performance by CSG, but not the Aces. The Unicorns started the game on a 7-2 run with the help of a full-court trap that frustrated the Aces, although Amanda-Clearcreek worked itself back into the game and tied it at 13 with 2 minutes, 23 seconds left in the second quarter. Following baskets by post player Ellen Haenszel and guard Rosie Connor, the Unicorns took a 17-15 lead into halftime.

CSG took over the game in the third quarter. After Amanda-Clearcreek tied the game at 17, CSG went on a 9-0 run in which the Unicorns forced four steals and the Aces failed to take a shot.

Utilizing the full-court trap, the Unicorns had seven steals in the third quarter to help build a 32-20 lead.

The Aces made just four of their final 12 field-goal attempts.

"I thought the game went well, and it was our defense that won it," Haenszel said. "That was the best team defense we've played all year."

"The girls were confident going into the game," coach Stephanie Jones said. "We had a great second half of our (regular) season going into the tournament where we got some big wins over teams like Worthington Christian and Columbus Academy. That really helped our confidence."

•The swimming and diving team will be represented at the Division II state meet, which started Wednesday, Feb. 23 and runs through Friday, Feb. 25, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

At the district meet on Feb. 18 at Ohio State, the Unicorns finished fourth (199 points) behind champion Granville (368), Columbus Academy (269) and Hartley (260) as 33 teams scored.

Ranndi Grubbs was the only individual to advance to state for CSG. She is seeded fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and 19th in the 100 freestyle.

The 200 free relay of Grubbs, Laura Hadley, Erin Smith and Meredith Swartz advanced and is seeded 17th at state, and the 200 medley relay of Grubbs, Hadley, Swartz and Taylor Lint advanced and is seeded 24th at state.

At district, the top eight in each event placed and the top four moved on to state.

Grubbs was runner-up in the 100 fly (57.24 seconds) and also placed fourth in the 100 free (53.60).

Swartz was fifth in the 50 free (25.95 seconds), Lint was seventh in the 200 free (2:10.78) and Hadley was eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:24.96).

The 200 free relay was third (1:42.92) and the 200 medley relay was fourth (1:55.79).


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls basketball and swimming and diving teams:


Feb. 17 - Defeated Amanda-Clearcreek 41-29 in first round of Division III district tournament

Feb. 24 - Newark Catholic in second round, 8 p.m. at Granville. Winner plays Northridge or Mount Gilead in district semifinal, 6 p.m. March 1 at Olentangy Orange. Winner plays Africentric, Grandview, Heath or Fairbanks in district final, 1 p.m. March 5 at Orange.

Of note: The Unicorns are 10-11 overall and finished 1-7 in the CCL.


Feb. 18 - Finished fourth (199) in Division II district meet at Ohio State behind champion Granville (368), Columbus Academy (269) and Hartley (260)

Feb. 23-25 - Qualifiers at Division II state meet at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton

Below are the state qualifiers with district result and state seed:

Ranndi Grubbs: 100 fly (57.24, fourth), 100 free (53.60, 19th); 200 free relay (1:42.92, 17th); 200 medley relay (1:55.79, 24th).

Others who competed at district: Erin Balasky: 50 free (26.80, 16th), 100 back (1:04.92, 10th); Olivia Beeson: 200 IM (2:39.40, 20th), 100 breast (1:17.98, 15th); Laura Hadley: 200 IM (2:24.96, eighth), 100 fly (1:06.90, 22nd); Taylor Lint: 200 free (2:10.78, seventh), 500 free (5:51.53, 14th); Erin Smith: 50 free (26.92, 18th), 100 free (1:00.71, 23rd); Meredith Swartz: 50 free (25.95, fifth), 100 free (58.10, 15th); Keiko Wilkins: 100 fly (1:06.13, 19th), 500 free (5:44.11, ninth); 400 free relay (3:59.04, ninth)