The Big Walnut High Schools girls basketball team is hoping to get its offense on track in time for the postseason.

The Big Walnut High Schools girls basketball team is hoping to get its offense on track in time for the postseason.

The Golden Eagles are seeded 27th of 47 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play at 15th-seeded Logan in the first round Saturday, Feb. 21. The winner faces 18th-seeded Pickerington North in the second round Feb. 27 at the home of the higher seed.

The Golden Eagles have not played Logan or North this season.

"We've played just about every style of defense and offense in OCC play," coach Steve Palmer said. "We've grown accustomed to making adjustments and I look to make many more to prepare for Logan."

Big Walnut was 10-10 overall and 4-9 in the OCC-Capital Division before playing Olentangy Orange in its league finale Feb. 13. The Golden Eagles conclude the regular season Monday, Feb. 16, at home against Heath.

Big Walnut lost to New Albany 47-38 in a league game Feb. 10, marking its third consecutive loss and its fourth loss in five games.

Guard Katie Neff led the Golden Eagles with nine points and guard Makenna Hammond scored eight. Hammond was averaging 20 points through 20 games.

"We tried a lot of different things (offensively) and nothing seemed to work against (New Albany)," said Palmer, whose team scored 47 or more points in 12 of its first 17 games but scored 38 or fewer points during its three-game skid before facing Orange. "We just couldn't get things going as a team."

Hammond said the Golden Eagles will look to tweak their offense this week in practice.

"We have been practicing different offenses and have been working on shooting, so hopefully in the postseason ... we will be able to execute better than we have," Hammond said. "I think our problem lately has been our speed. We have been trying to push the ball and sometimes we hurry into a quick shot. Hopefully in the postseason, we won't have that problem anymore."

Boys basketball teamlooks for strong finish

Boys basketball coach Eric Myers said his team is starting to "dig in" as the regular season comes to a close.

"Our seniors are not ready for this season to be over," Myers said. "I don't think anyone is. We're going to stand firm."

Big Walnut concludes the regular season this week with home games Tuesday, Feb. 17, against Delaware Christian and Friday, Feb. 20, against Franklin Heights. The Golden Eagles defeated Franklin Heights 56-45 on Jan. 23 in the first round of OCC-Capital play behind a game-high 23 points by Kyle Gose.

Myers was proud of his team's performance in a 50-45 loss to visiting New Albany on Feb. 10.

Big Walnut trailed 21-9 after the first quarter, but outscored New Albany by a combined 25-15 over the next two quarters, allowing just two points in the third.

The game was tied at 36 with seven minutes left, but the Golden Eagles lost their momentum after what Myers called a "crucial" four-point play for New Albany.

New Albany led the OCC-Capital at 11-1 entering play Feb. 13.

"I was very proud of the way our boys fought against a tough team," Myers said. "It was an A-plus effort."

Joe Muench had a season-high 15 points to lead the Golden Eagles, who were 7-12 overall and 4-8 in the OCC-Capital before playing Olentangy Orange on Feb. 13. Zac Asher added 11 points with a team-high five rebounds and three assists, and Josh Seabrook had 12 points and four rebounds.

"Joe has been really good for us lately and is working to find his shot more," Myers said. "We change up the offense to fit the matchup and different guys are always called upon to contribute."

The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 15, with first-round games being played Feb. 28.

Swimmers, diversbegin postseason

Members of the boys and girls swimming teams competed in the sectional meet Feb. 14, at Thomas Worthington.

The girls team competed in Division I. The winner of each swimming event automatically qualified for district Saturday, Feb. 21, at Ohio University. In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.

The boys team was one of only three Division II squads that competed at Thomas, with Buckeye Valley and DeSales being the others. There were no automatic qualifiers for district Friday, Feb. 20, at Ohio University. Twenty-seven at-large berths were awarded in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.

At district, the top two finishers in each swimming event at district in Division I and II advance to the state meet, which runs Feb. 25-28 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each event based on times statewide.

Seniors Ashley White and Bethany Rannebarger will compete in girls diving in the Division I district meet Monday, Feb. 16, at Columbus School for Girls. The top four finishers advance to state.

White placed seventh at district last season, falling three spots shy of advancing to state.

"Our district is very tough, but I am hoping to make it to the state meet," White said. "If I don't, I would like to at least place fifth."

Freshman Colin White will compete in boys diving in the Division II district meet Tuesday, Feb. 17, at CSG. Only the district champion advances to state.