Bring in a new coach with a new system, add to that a lineup that wasn't used to playing together, and it all equates to inconsistency for the Bexley High School boys basketball team.

Bring in a new coach with a new system, add to that a lineup that wasn't used to playing together, and it all equates to inconsistency for the Bexley High School boys basketball team.

"We're sitting where I thought we'd be sitting at this point," coach Todd Phillips said. "We've played stretches of good basketball, but when you have a young, inexperienced team we're going to have our moments."

One of those moments came during a 62-47 loss to Worthington Christian on Dec. 18.

The Lions held an 11-8 lead after the first quarter, but were outscored 20-7 in the second as the Warriors' Jayden Turner scored 16 points and finished with a career-high 21 to help keep his team undefeated.

Simon Kroos (12 points) and Miles Penn (11) were the only Bexley players to score in double figures.

"We're pretty young and it's the first time playing together for most of us," said Kroos, whose team was 2-2 overall and in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing London on Dec. 22. "Even though we lost (to Worthington Christian), we're starting to click."

Bexley faced Circleville on Dec. 23 and will play host to Watterson on Dec. 29 before returning to league play Jan. 8 against visiting Grandview. The Bobcats knocked Whitehall from the area's unbeaten teams with a 62-51 victory Dec. 18, and they were 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the league before playing Columbus Academy on Dec. 22.

Watterson was 3-1 before playing Whetstone on Dec. 23.

"In the league, you have to start with Grandview with them winning (Dec. 18)," Phillips said. "Then you have Whitehall and Worthington Christian, but I think we'll be right there. We have to play with the kind of grit that we've shown and play like that with more consistency."

Phillips hopes his undersized team benefits from the return of 6-foot-3 post player Doran Widener-Love, who is expected to play against Watterson after recovering from a football injury.

The starters have included Kroos, Penn, guard Cole Heilman and wing players Hudson Wagenbrenner and Justin Frey, a move-in from Indiana. Freshman Ryan Callahan also has earned time as a starter.

In coping with those inconsistencies, Phillips has taken note of his team's shooting. The Lions were shooting just 37 percent from the field through four games.

"In terms of shots, it's coming from everywhere on the floor," Phillips said. "We had three straight possessions and got good looks to start the second quarter (against Worthington Christian) and couldn't knock them down. We're going to have to shoot."

Kroos has been the most consistent perimeter shooter, Phillips said.

"We've been streaky as of late, but I have a good feeling that we're going to get back on track," Kroos said.

Girls basketball team moves up in standings

Victories over London and Grandview moved the girls basketball team into third place in the MSL-Ohio.

Brie Toney scored 21 points and Maddy Vincent added 17 in a 52-51 win over visiting London on Dec. 17. It was London's first loss of the season.

Toney had 18 points and Vincent scored 16 in a 49-42 win at Grandview on Dec. 19.

Bexley was 5-3 overall before playing Northridge on Dec. 21. It was 4-2 in the MSL-Ohio, behind London (5-1) and West Jefferson (5-1).

Wrestlers unbeaten in dual competition

The wrestling team improved its dual record to 4-0 with victories over Licking Heights (34-33) and Whetstone (36-22) on Dec. 19 in its first home matches of the season.

"I think a big part of how we're wrestling right now has to do with our experience," coach Chris Bragg said. "We've got a lot of juniors and sophomores, but they're all a year older."

Jalen Hatton (195 pounds, 9-0) is undefeated, and Grant Robinson (220, 8-1), Zak Welsh (132, 7-1), Perrin Ruff (138, 8-1) and Jon Clark (145, 6-1) all have one loss.