Over the course of a high school basketball season, a team typically begins to develop an identity.

Over the course of a high school basketball season, a team typically begins to develop an identity.

The Bexley girls have begun to realize what makes them tick.

The Lions have shown they are a scrappy group with a never-give-up mentality.

"One thing we're trying to do is focus on chemistry and play as a unit every game," said guard Brie Toney, whose team faces a crucial league test when it plays host to undefeated London on Thursday, Dec. 17. "You see that getting better every game and that's really promising."

While London is 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the MSL-Ohio Division, Bexley improved to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the league with a 57-51 victory over visiting Worthington Christian on Dec. 11.

The first quarter, during which the Lions built a 16-9 lead, ended up being the difference for Bexley. Toney scored 17 points and guard Maddy Vincent added 15. While they were the only players to reach double figures, seven players scored.

"Especially this game, we learned that we're capable of executing down the stretch and we're capable of playing as a team," coach Josh Price said. "That's something we missed early (in the season). We're starting to do it better and better and we're being intentional about it. We're going to have to scrap at both ends of the floor."

Price has not been consistent with his starting lineup, although Toney, Vincent, guard Lauren Woodford, center/forward Charnae Williams and guard Ashely Barno have been earning the most minutes in the Lions' rotation.

Off the bench, Price is relying on forward/center Tamya Bell, center Mahalie Sharp and guard Amanda Frey, although Bell also has been a starter.

"It really just depends on matchups and who's doing well," Price said.

Bexley's defense will have to be focused on a trio of scorers for London in Megan Cox, Emily Minner and Mackenzie Minner, who combined for 37 points in the Red Raiders' 49-37 win over West Jefferson on Dec. 11.

London's other league wins came against Worthington Christian (44-43 on Nov. 28), Madison Plains (44-37 on Dec. 1) and Whitehall (47-44 on Dec. 5).

"They've got a lot of depth and can run a lot of girls at you, so they've got a good team," Price said. "We're going to have to play similar to the way we played against (Worthington Christian), just scrap and play offense and defense by committee. It will be a good test for us."

The Lions opened MSL-Ohio play with a 57-46 loss to Whitehall on Dec. 1 and fell to West Jefferson 44-40 on Dec. 5. Their other league victory came against Madison Plains (45-40 on Dec. 3).

Bexley travels to Grandview on Saturday, Dec. 19, for another league contest.

"The one thing that's special about us is that we will all fight for each other," Toney said.

Boys basketball team preparing for test

The boys basketball team will be looking to give host Worthington Christian its first loss of the season when the teams play Friday, Dec. 18, in an MSL-Ohio contest.

Bexley improved to 2-1 overall and in the league with a 46-31 win over West Jefferson on Dec. 11. Ryan Callahan (11), Miles Penn (10) and Hudson Wagenbrenner (10) scored in double figures and Simon Kroos added nine points.

The win followed an 89-42 loss Dec. 8 at Whitehall, which outscored Bexley 26-8 in the first quarter and 27-9 in the third. Kroos scored 15 points.

Worthington Christian is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Wrestling team earns two dual victories

The wrestling team followed its second-place finish in the season-opening Tony Pizzurro Memorial Classic on Dec. 5 at DeSales with two dual victories.

Bexley defeated Bloom Carroll 48-18 and Grandview 42-33 on Dec. 9.

The Lions faced host Ready and Northridge on Dec. 16 and compete against Whetstone and Licking Heights on Saturday, Dec. 18, at home.

Stoddard resigns as boys soccer coach

After two seasons, Brian Stoddard is no longer Bexley's boys soccer coach.

Stoddard, who recently resigned, led the Lions to two consecutive Division II district finals, including a 6-1 loss to eventual state champion DeSales on Oct. 31. The Stallions also defeated the Lions 4-0 in a 2014 district final.

Under Stoddard, Bexley went 28-12 and earned a share of the MSL-Ohio title both seasons.