Led by versatile senior Gina Conti, the Grove City High School girls basketball team is looking to improve on last season's 12-11 record.

Led by versatile senior Gina Conti, the Grove City High School girls basketball team is looking to improve on last season's 12-11 record.

At 5-foot-11, Conti again will direct the team's offense at point guard. She also will be looked upon as a key rebounder.

Conti averaged team highs of 17.9 points and 9.1 rebounds last season and led the Greyhounds in free-throw shooting at 80.8 percent. She was named OCC-Ohio Division Player of the Year as well as first-team all-district and second-team all-state.

"I'm looking forward to (the season)," said Conti, who signed Nov. 14 to play at Wake Forest. "Hopefully we can do better than last year. ... We're all pretty close."

Grove City opened Nov. 25 by defeating visiting Ready 65-27. Conti and 5-10 freshman guard Molly Michalak each scored 14 points, and 5-7 sophomore guard Erin Kilmurry added 11.

Conti will need that kind of help from teammates if the Greyhounds are to take the next step.

Coach Dale Corbett, who is in his 30th season, said Michalak should be a valuable contributor.

"We won 12 last year and I'd like to see us improve on that," Corbett said.

Kilmurry, who saw valuable playing time as a freshman, is optimistic about the team's outlook.

"I love the way things are going because we're all working together and we're learning how to use each other more," she said. "At the beginning we really didn't know each other, but we've gotten so close. We're already starting out well working together."

Other returnees are juniors Lauren Griffith (5-10, forward), Molly McCloskey (6-1, forward) and Hannah Swearingen (5-3, guard) and sophomore Alyssa Fuchs (5-8, forward).

Other players are juniors Bailee Davis (5-8, guard) and Yasmine Strausbaugh (5-3, guard), sophomore Sumer McWilliams (5-6, guard) and freshman Alexi Bapst (5-10, forward).

Last season, the Greyhounds went 4-10 in the OCC-Ohio to finish sixth behind champion Pickerington Central (14-0). They then lost to DeSales 54-51 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

Corbett expects Central again will be the team to beat in the OCC-Ohio, but he hopes the Greyhounds can be a factor in the league race.

"We're a little better than what we were," said Corbett, whose team opens league play Tuesday, Dec. 6, against visiting Pickerington North. "Overall, we're a better than average team, but we're playing in a league where most teams are better than average. I think we can sneak up on some people."

Key losses to graduation include guard Ally Hutchison, who was second-team all-league, and guard Alexis Romine, who was honorable mention all-league.

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Schedules

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Nov. 25 -- vs. Ready

Dec. 1 -- vs. Grove City Christian

*Dec. 6 -- vs. Pickerington North

*Dec. 9 -- vs. Lancaster

*Dec. 16 -- at Reynoldsburg

Dec. 17 -- at Hilliard Darby

Dec. 20 -- vs. Franklin Heights

Dec. 27 -- Dublin Jerome in Jeff Sheets Holiday Classic at Teays Valley

Dec. 28 -- at Teays Valley in Jeff Sheets Holiday Classic

Jan. 4 -- at Newark

*Jan. 6 -- at Gahanna

Jan. 10 -- vs. Central Crossing

*Jan. 13 -- vs. Pickerington Central

Jan. 17 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson

Jan. 18 -- vs. Horizon Science

*Jan. 20 -- at Pickerington North

Jan. 23 -- vs. London

Jan. 24 -- at Westland

*Jan. 27 -- at Lancaster

*Feb. 3 -- vs. Reynoldsburg

*Feb. 7 -- vs. Gahanna

*Feb. 10 -- at Pickerington Central

*League contest

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

Dec. 2-3 -- Grove City Tipoff Classic

GYMNASTICS

Dec. 7 -- At Hilliard Bradley

SWIMMING & DIVING

Dec. 3 -- Hilliard Davidson at Hilliard YMCA

Dec. 6 -- Canal Winchester, Grove City Christian, Ready and Wellington at Grove City YMCA

WRESTLING

Dec. 7 -- Home vs. Hilliard Darby