It was a Sunday morning, and coach Brian O'Mara liked the intensity that he saw from members of his Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team.

It was a Sunday morning, and coach Brian O'Mara liked the intensity that he saw from members of his Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team.

Coming off a 54-37 loss to Whitehall on Dec. 12 in MSL-Ohio Division play, several players were in the gym early the next day, ready for some extra work.

"(The players are) engaged, which is important in developing and building a program," O'Mara said.

"Some of them even came in a little early for some extra shooting practice and to work on a few things with the coaches. They want to learn and get better."

Grandview was 1-5 overall after losing to Fairbanks 53-33 on Dec. 14 and is 1-4 in the MSL-Ohio.

The Bobcats picked up their first win Dec. 8, defeating Columbus Academy 55-42 as Lauren Collier scored 22 points. Kacey Murphy had 10 points and Spenser Jackson added nine.

"We showed a lot of progress against Academy," O'Mara said. "We had a pretty sizable lead and we relinquished that, allowing them to cut it to two (points). Instead of wilting, we kept fighting and won by (13)."

The Bobcats trailed Whitehall 19-18 at halftime, but were outscored 35-19 in the second half. Collier had 18 points and Lizzie Van Deusen scored 11.

"We're a small team and Whitehall absolutely handled us on the boards, and for the most part, that was the difference in the game," O'Mara said. "The biggest key for us is rebounding, and they got off more than one shot per possession throughout the game. Our defensive rebounding was not strong enough to hold them off."

The Bobcats play host to Bexley on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Lions are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the MSL-Ohio.

Brie Toney, a 6-foot-1 junior guard, leads Bexley after being named first-team all-district and the league Player of the Year last season, averaging 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds.

"Brie Toney is only a junior and already has (committed) to play at Marshall," O'Mara said. "She has good size and is a very good basketball player. She presents us with a challenge in both size and athleticism."

Boys basketball team begins rugged stretch

The boys basketball team was 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the MSL-Ohio before playing West Jefferson on Dec. 15.

The Bobcats are in a stretch during which they will play four league games in 10 days before playing in the home Bobcat Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 and 30 and at Worthington Christian on Jan. 2 in a league game.

"I like the pacing of our schedule," said coach Ray Corbett, who was going for his 400th win against West Jefferson and entered the game with a career record of 399-247. "We had a long week because we went seven days without playing, but when we came out again, we were ready to play.

"From here on out, we practice for two or three days and then play a game. It's a nice routine to have."

The Bobcats play at defending league champion Whitehall on Friday, Dec. 18. The Rams were 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Ohio before playing London on Dec. 15.

Whitehall is led by 6-0 senior guard Antoine Vaughn, who was second-team all-state, first-team all-district and league Player of the Year after averaging 15 points last season. Also back are senior Earl Redman (5-9, guard) and junior C.J. Prater (6-0, guard).

"We're still finding ourselves," Corbett said. "We're not remotely where we need to be. We have kids who can contribute and I really like our energy."

Micah Miller scored 27 points and Jake Bush had 19 as Grandview defeated Madison Plains 79-50 on Dec. 12 in its MSL-Ohio opener.

James Lachey had nine points and Breon Backus and Luke Treasure both added six as nine players scored.

"I thought we guarded well all night long, and even though we had a couple of breakdowns, we looked good overall," Corbett said. "We moved the ball well and we have been unselfish, which is something that is good for us. This group looks out for each other."

Boys bowling team sets record in loss

The boys bowling team rolled a 2,074 on Dec. 10, but lost to Academy (2,194) and St. Charles (2,086) in Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central action.

"The boys set a (program) record for combined two-game series (before scoring Baker games) with a 1,777, breaking the old record of 1,753," coach Tony Thivener said. "It was also the first time (in program history) that all (five) of our bowlers scored more than 300 in their two-game series."

Jake DeNiro led with a 411, followed by Jackson Spain-howard (375), Ben Hecker (359), Alan Field (326) and Brad Jagers (306). The Bobcats were 1-3 overall and in the league before playing Centennial on Dec. 15 and Worthington Christian on Dec. 16.

The Bobcats also lost to Columbus West 1,727-1,717 on Dec. 9.

The girls team was 0-3 overall and in the COHSBC-Central before playing Centennial and Worthington Christian.

Emma Berlin (272 series) led the team in a 1,366-1,350 loss to Academy. Anna Robson led with a 251 series in a 1,207-1,183 loss to West.

The teams do not compete again until Jan. 4 when they play a league match against DeSales at Sawmill Lanes.