First-year Central Crossing High School girls basketball coach Michal Cheney is putting wins and losses into perspective.

First-year Central Crossing High School girls basketball coach Michal Cheney is putting wins and losses into perspective.

Cheney replaced Lewis Buzzard, who left after one season to coach the Franklin Heights boys team. She took over a squad that finished 2-21 overall last season and tied Westland for seventh (1-13) in the OCC-Central Division behind co-champions Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty (both 12-2).

However, the program is filled with athletes who have high GPAs and Cheney believes that success can carry over to the court.

"We won the academic OCC award last season because our girls work so hard in the classroom," said Cheney, who was an assistant under Buzzard. "Wins and losses are great, but grades are what follow you around. We want to make sure we continue to get great grades as well as improve on the basketball court.

"We want to show them the importance of structure both on and off the court. We have a handbook of what we want to accomplish and set up a structure that they can count on."

The Comets return three starters in 5-foot-11 senior post player Tea Corbin, 5-8 junior guard Sam Poor and 5-4 sophomore point guard Kennedy Edwards. Sophomore Brittany Hanson, a 5-8 guard, was a part-time starter.

Rounding out the senior class are Jaylayko Frost (5-9, guard), Cheney Owens (5-9, post player) and Areli Silva-Revilla (5-4, guard).

"We want to run up and down the court and attack the basket," Cheney said. "We like the layup over the 3-pointer because we don't have a lot of true shooters, but we do have some good guards who can take the ball to the basket."

Rounding out the roster are 5-8 junior post player Apryl Negron, 5-5 sophomore guard Abriana Mann and freshmen Hayley Cox (5-5, point guard) and Alex Jones (5-8, guard).

"(Cheney) helps us a lot in practice with constructive criticism," Cox said. "We also have been running a lot, which should help us with conditioning. We'll still be going strong when the other teams are worn down."

That conditioning may come in handy for the Comets, who have three games in four days this week. They opened Nov. 29 against Hamilton Township before playing Thursday, Dec. 1, at home against Ready and Friday, Dec. 2, at Mifflin.

"We need to utilize our athletic abilities," Cheney said. "The kids have been working hard and we're looking to see who will step up for us."

The Comets open OCC-Central play Tuesday, Dec. 6, at home against Westland.

"The biggest challenge comes with the younger kids," Cheney said. "We didn't have enough players to fill a freshman team, so we'll have them playing on the j.v. when they should be learning against players their own age. It would be nice to have given them a chance to be successful and learn from that."

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Schedules

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Nov. 29 -- vs. Hamilton Township

Dec. 1 -- vs. Ready

Dec. 2 -- at Mifflin

*Dec. 6 -- vs. Westland

*Dec. 9 -- vs. Upper Arlington

*Dec. 16 -- at Marysville

Dec. 17 -- at Dublin Scioto

Dec. 20 -- at Canal Winchester

Dec. 22 -- at London

Jan. 3 -- vs. Groveport

*Jan. 6 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson

Jan. 10 -- at Grove City

*Jan. 13 -- vs. Dublin Coffman

Jan. 17 -- vs. Franklin Heights

Jan. 18 -- vs. Briggs

*Jan. 20 -- at Westland

Jan. 24 -- vs. Reynoldsburg

*Jan. 27 -- at Upper Arlington

*Feb. 3 -- vs. Marysville

*Feb. 7 -- at Hilliard Davidson

*Feb. 10 -- at Dublin Coffman

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys basketball, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dec. 1 -- At Franklin Heights in opener

Dec. 6 -- At Hilliard Darby

GYMNASTICS

Dec. 7 -- At Hilliard Bradley with Darby, Franklin Heights, Grove City, Hilliard Davidson and Westland in opener

SWIMMING & DIVING

Dec. 2 -- Dublin Scioto at Dublin Recreation Center in opener

Dec. 3 -- Columbus Academy Relays

Dec. 6 -- Teays Valley at Urbancrest YMCA

WRESTLING

Dec. 3 -- Circleville Kiwanis Invitational in opener