Josie Bunstine has been more relaxed in her senior season with the Northridge High School girls swimming and diving team.

Josie Bunstine has been more relaxed in her senior season with the Northridge High School girls swimming and diving team.

She won the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 12.37 seconds) and was runner-up in the 50 freestyle (26.26) in the Viking Classic on Jan. 16 at New Albany.

She was all smiles after her team earned the third-place trophy.

"I really like swimming here (at New Albany)," said Bunstine, whose team scored 196 points to finish third of 14 teams behind Grandview (353 points) and Bexley (302). "It's where we have our home meets and we always do well here. It's our second meet here and our second (team) trophy."

The Vikings also finished third (228) of 11 teams Dec. 5 in the Viking Splash behind Marion Pleasant (279) and Mount Vernon (278).

Bunstine said she is swimming her best because she has decided to just enjoy her final weeks of high school competition.

"Before I was always just so focused on the race, but now I'm just taking the time to enjoy what I'm doing," she said. "That has made a big difference.

"We swam well as a team, and I think I swam well. I'm really pleased with the way I swam here and that's not something I normally say."

Sophomore Katelyn Darby won the 500 free (5:54.58) and was second in 100 breast (1:16.28). She also joined Bunstine and sophomores Maddi Giffin and Alex Rahde on a pair of placing relays. The Vikings were third in the 200 free relay (1:55.72) and fifth in the 200 medley relay (2:09.82).

"I'm about where I need to be at this point of the season," Darby said. "Our times will drop further once we start to taper."

The boys squad was sixth (134) of 15 teams behind champion Watkins Memorial (290).

Freshman Brian Scott was second in the 100 backstroke (1:07.84) and sophomore Gabe Miller placed fourth in the 100 breast (1:16.45).

"I have been doing well, especially since I was in middle school this time last year," Scott said. "We're doing well as a team considering we have such a small team (with five participants). We could use a few more, but the ones we have are doing well."

Miller and Scott joined junior Eli Rushmore and sophomore Victor Weaver on the fourth-place 200 medley relay (2:08.62), and the same four were on the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:48.57).

"We had a lot of times drop here," coach Rachel Furr said. "The girls got their second trophy and the boys team was sixth with only five boys. We expect them to only get better when they begin to taper."

The Vikings do not compete again until the LCL meet Feb. 6 at New Albany.

Young girls basketball team 'grows up'

The girls basketball team may have lost to Utica on Jan. 20, but coach Chad Scott liked what he saw from his players.

The Vikings fell to 2-14 overall and 0-9 in the LCL-Cardinal Division, but took the host Redskins into overtime in a 55-49 loss. Utica improved to 6-2 in the league.

"All season, I have talked about our team being young and trying to find its way," Scott said. "We grew up a lot (against Utica)."

Northridge trailed 42-26 after three quarters, but outscored the Redskins 21-5 in the fourth to send the game into overtime.

"One of our best attributes all season is that we don't give up," Scott said. "We were down by 16 entering the fourth quarter. Most teams would have stopped, but this group continued to battle.

"We made a few defensive adjustments and guarded the perimeter tight because earlier in the game Utica killed us from 3-point range. Another thing we did in the fourth was becoming relaxed on offense. During the first half we were trying to force things. We started to let the game come to us and executed our offense."

The Vikings were led by Hallie Martin with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Olivia Humes had nine points and nine rebounds, and Phalen Huhn added nine points.

"Hallie can take over a game," Scott said. "She played outstanding in that fourth quarter, but again it was because all five players on the court were a threat to score.

"When we are forcing things or looking too much to Hallie, we get stagnant on offense. Hallie does the most damage when we play together."

Boys team looks to improve rebounding

Rebounding has been a point of emphasis for the boys basketball team, which was 7-8 overall and 3-5 in the LCL before playing Granville on Jan. 22.

The Vikings were outrebounded 34-21 in a 73-48 league loss to Johnstown-Monroe on Jan. 16.

"We knew at the beginning of the season that we were young and that we would go through some growing pains," coach Brian Blume said. "We're undersized going into pretty much every game, and we have been losing a lot of close games. The difference between being 7-8 and 12-4 or 11-5 is giving up too many second-chance shots.

"Skyler Pritts is 6-foot-1 and going up against guys who are 6-6 in the post. It's not for lack of effort; there is just so much of a size difference."

Brandon Estep led the Vikings with 20 points against Johnstown. Austin Powelson was next with six points.

Top performers through 14 games were Dan Hatfield (11.5 points, 6.1 rebounds), Estep (10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 3.1 steals) and Pritts (7.1 points).