The month of February has been great for the Johnstown-Monroe High School boys basketball team.

The month of February has been great for the Johnstown-Monroe High School boys basketball team.

The Johnnies had a six-game winning streak this month, before playing fifth-seeded Madison Plains last Saturday in a second-round Division III district tournament game.

"I guess we're playing well at the right time of the season and that's what all teams are shooting for," said coach Kevin Martin, whose team was 14-6 overall after beating West Jefferson 44-32 last Wednesday in a Division III first-round district game at Olentangy Orange. "(Before last Thursday) we have had 61 practices and this was our 20th game."

The winner from last Saturday plays in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Worthington Christian or sixth-seeded Elgin. Worthington Christian moved to 7-13 overall after beating seventh-seeded North Union 80-73 in double-overtime last Wednesday at Orange. Matt Anglea led the Warriors with 21 points, Michael Wells added 16 points and Matt Kurelic had 14 points.

Elgin, which had a first-round bye, was 13-6 overall before last Saturday, but had a three-game losing streak. The Comets are led by Doug Ute, who averages 20.8 points per game. The 5-10 senior guard is a threat both driving the ball and on the perimeter.

The district semifinal winner plays in a district final at 9 p.m. March 11 at the Fairgrounds against Columbus Academy, East Knox, eighth-seeded Grandview or fourth-seeded Ready.

Last Wednesday against West Jefferson, Riley Cannon led Johnstown with 13 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks and five steals. Shawn Blocked added 13 points with two assists, and Michael Kessler had 12 points. Cody Green had five steals with two assists and Matt Smith also had two assists.

"I think we came out with a little of the first-game jitters," Martin said. "We played well defensively and I think we were much more comfortable in the second half."

Johnstown finished its MBC schedule with a couple of victories. The visiting Johnnies knocked off second-seeded and league-champion Centerburg 57-56 on Feb. 19. They erased an eight-point deficit with less than five minutes to play.

Cannon scored eight of his 19 points in the final five minutes and Kessler added six of his 18 points in the rally. Green finished with 11 points.

Green scored 18 points and Kessler added 16 points with three 3-pointers in a 63-49 win over Loudonville on Feb. 20. Cannon added 15 points and Chad Fuller added eight points.

In the final MBC standings, Centerburg won at 12-2 with Johnstown and Fredericktown at 10-4 each tied for second. Utica was fourth at 9-5 followed by Loudonville at 7-7, East Knox at 4-10, Northridge at 3-11 and Danville at 1-13.

•The girls basketball team finished 7-14 overall after falling to ninth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek 49-45 on Feb. 17 in a first-round Division II district game at Pickerington North.

The Johnnies tied for fifth in the MBC with Centerburg and Fredericktown at 5-9, behind co-champions Loudonville and Utica at 13-1, third-place Centerburg at 9-5 and fourth-place Danville at 6-8. East Knox was seventh at 4-10 and Northridge was last at 1-13.

Johnstown had one senior in Courtney Dingess. The 5-foot-5 point guard led the team in scoring (15.0 points per game), steals (2.9), assists (2.3) and 3-pointers (47 of 147 for 32.0 percent). Dingess was second in rebounds (4.5).

"Courtney will be hard to replace," said Connie Allen, who completed her sixth season as coach. "She would come out and score even when she knew the defense was going to key on her. But she played well on both ends of the floor and did whatever we asked of her. She was a great player to coach."

Junior Lydia Ulry, a 5-7 forward, led the Johnnies in rebounds (6.1 per game) and averaged 5.5 points. Holly Sammons, a 5-5 junior guard, averaged 6.3 points with 3.2 rebounds, and 5-7 sophomore forward Sarah Thomas averaged 6.3 points with 4.4 rebounds.

Junior Sarah Scovell, a 5-8 forward, averaged 3.1 points with 3.4 rebounds and 5-4 junior guard Kaitlyn Sapp added 3.0 points. Junior Hannah Farley, a 5-5 guard, had 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Others expected to return are junior guard/forward Katie Fry (5-7), sophomore forward Sam Henson (5-8) and freshman guard Marissa Sheets (5-5).

"I tell the girls that in the summer, they need to work on their offense and when they come back in the fall, I will make their defense better," Allen said. "We know we can be a lot better next season if we work in the offseason."

•The wrestling team finished 10th with 58.5 points Feb. 20-21 in the 15-team Division III sectional at Cardington, behind champion Northmor (218.5).

Senior Scott Robinson was the champion at 152 pounds to qualify for the district tournament last Friday and Saturday at Heath.

The other district qualifier for the Johnnies was sophomore heavyweight Brendin Cornwell. Sophomore Joey Dismuke was fifth at 171 and was a district alternate.

Robinson cruised through the sectional, pinning top-seeded Michael Falk of Grandview Heights in 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

"Scotty was on a mission and things really worked out for him," coach Ric Block said.

"He pinned the kid from Grandview late in the third period, but the match was never in doubt. It was 9-3 when Scotty pinned him. He was in control from the first whistle."

Cornwell went 2-2 to become a first-time district qualifier.

"Brendin wrestled really well considering he's really a 215-pounder wrestling at heavyweight," Block said. "He took advantage of the opportunities given to him, but some of the bigger guys used their muscle and extra weight on him and he was overmatched."

The top four in each weight division at district advanced to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday at Ohio State.