There was a morning last week when Kalee Seagle walked into the Hilliard Darby High School gymnasium at 5:30 a.m. and began taking aim at the basket.

There was a morning last week when Kalee Seagle walked into the Hilliard Darby High School gymnasium at 5:30 a.m. and began taking aim at the basket.

By the time Seagle, a junior on the girls basketball team, had finished her workout, she'd taken more than 400 3-pointers.

It's the kind of commitment coach Chris Maul has been hoping for as the Panthers continue to struggle with a motion offense that depends on a productive jump shot.

"We simply haven't been a good jump-shooting team," said Maul, whose team faces OCC-Central Division-rival Upper Arlington on Friday. "I've been stressing with the girls to come in early or stay late and they've been doing that. We just have to shoot the ball better as we get closer to the tournament."

Darby through 14 games was shooting 36 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range. The offensive production has rested solely on the shoulders of senior Shanee` Jackson, a Ball State recruit who was averaging 15.9 points through 14 games. No other player was close, with Alivia Nikolaus averaging 6.6 and Seagle at 6.3.

"Shanee` is the only one who's been consistent every game," Seagle said. "She usually gets her 15, but we need two or three more of us to be more consistent. The only reason we've been in a lot of our games is because of our defense."

Darby defeated the Golden Bears 55-41 on Dec. 19 with its best offensive production of the season as it shot 46 percent from the field. Jackson led the way with 26 points and Seagle added nine against UA, which was 7-7 overall and 5-4 in the league before last Tuesday's game at Worthington Kilbourne.

"That was probably of best game of the year," Seagle said. "We know it's going to be tough, but the last time our defense took everything away and we were getting easy shots with our transition game."

Darby took care of Kilbourne last Friday 48-39, but blew an 11-point halftime lead in last Saturday's 47-44 loss at New Albany, a team that had been averaging close to 70 points per game.

The Panthers totaled just 15 points in the second half and were 2-for-7 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Jackson scored 19 points and Nikolaus had 11.

"We're really trying to get more movement to the basket and we've added some new things with back screens and flex-type cuts," Maul said. "We've got to get some better looks, but we're not going to abandon the motion offense because come tournament time we're going to need it."

After the Division I district tournament draw Sunday, the Panthers must face the No. 2 team in the Division I state poll Tuesday in Dublin Coffman, which was 15-0 overall after last Saturday's 66-42 win over Dayton Dunbar. The Shamrocks beat Darby 52-40 on Dec. 23.

"We're one of their closest games of the year," Maul said. "I told the kids we've just got to keep working at it and I think we'll make a run."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Darby boys and girls basketball team:


*Last Friday -- Defeated Worthington Kilbourne 56-50. Marquis Copeland scored seven of his 16 points during a 16-0 run in the third quarter.

Last Saturday -- Def. New Albany 56-38. Dylan Rudy scored 14 points. Darby outscored the Eagles 25-9 in the fourth.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Central Crossing

*Friday -- At Upper Arlington. Darby lost 51-44 on Dec. 19

Saturday -- Home vs. Watterson

*Tuesday -- At Dublin Coffman. Darby lost 37-36 on Dec. 23

Of note: The Panthers were 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.


Jan. 20 -- Def. Olentangy Orange 49-46. Shanee` Jackson scored 15 points and Erin Warning had 11.

*Last Friday -- Def. Kilbourne 48-32. Alivia Nikolaus scored 17 points and Jackson had 15.

Last Saturday -- Lost to New Albany 47-44. Darby led by 11 at halftime.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Central Crossing

*Friday -- Home vs. Upper Arlington. Darby won 55-41 on Dec. 19

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Coffman. The Shamrocks, who are second in the Division I state poll, defeated Darby 52-40 on Dec. 23.

Of note: The Panthers were 7-7 overall and 5-4 in the OCC-Central before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central game