All Marysville High School girls basketball coach Aric Tucker can do is hope for the best heading into the Division I district tournament draw today at Olentangy Liberty.

All Marysville High School girls basketball coach Aric Tucker can do is hope for the best heading into the Division I district tournament draw today at Olentangy Liberty.

He had hoped a couple of wins in the last week would help the Monarchs' case, but that didn't materialize. Twice, Marysville's game against Olentangy was postponed, first from last Tuesday to last Wednesday, then to Feb. 11.

So the Monarchs entered last Friday's game against Westerville Central at 4-10, not having played in 10 days. Tucker believed a couple of wins were possible because Central and Olentangy were a combined 8-21 entering last Friday.

"We were hoping for a win or two to take us higher into the seeding," Tucker said. "We were hoping to be in 20s because there's a good chance you'll play someone with a record closer to yours."

Dublin Scioto was leading the OCC-Cardinal Division at 10-0 entering last Friday, ahead of Dublin Jerome (7-3), Westerville South (7-3), Olentangy Liberty (5-5), Olentangy (3-6), Westerville North (3-6), Marysville (2-7) and Central (1-8).

Marysville beat Westerville North 55-50 on Jan. 9 but lost its next four games by an average of 19.3 points.

"The girls work hard and give good effort in practice," Tucker said. "Going into games, we have turnovers and missed shots and the effort suffers. It snowballs on us."

Those turnovers and missed shots are causing problems as Marysville was averaging 41.9 points. In a 44-31 loss to Liberty on Jan. 20, three Marysville players scored.

"We've got to find some people, even if we get everyone to score six points, 10 players with six points is 60 points," Tucker said. "We're getting good shots and opportunities, we have to have other kids score in that four to eight point range to go along with (Kate Francisco and Jenny Jordan)."

Through 14 games, Francisco was averaging 11.2 points and Jordan was second at 9.3. They were responsible for 48.8 percent of the team's offense. Francisco had scored in double figures nine times, including a season-high 20 in a 64-57 win over Elgin on Jan. 3.

"She has the ability to be a consistent scorer with her athletic ability," Tucker said. "She's doing some things in the post more and she can hit the occasional shot from the perimeter. She's a good player that needs to get a little more consistent."

Marysville will play Tuesday at Westerville South, which won the first meeting 57-40 on Dec. 22.

South had a seven-game winning streak snapped last Tuesday with a 65-41 loss to Scioto 65-41 as it dropped to 9-5 overall. It was South's first loss since a 47-40 decision against New Albany on Dec. 16.

"I think we just bonded as a team more," South junior guard Shanaé Ash said.

Ash and fellow guard Katherine Calo were critical during the winning streak. South coach Jeff Brenning began to notice a change in Calo's play as she scored 14 points in the first meeting with Marysville.

"Since then she's been very aggressive," Brenning said.

Marysville will play host Friday to Jerome. The Celtics finished 4-17 a year ago, but were 8-6 before last Friday.

Jerome is led in scoring by guard Julie Mooney (9.9 points through 14 games) and forward Jamelia Banks (7.1). Jerome beat Marysville 48-25 on Jan. 6.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Marysville boys basketball, wrestling and boys and girls swimming teams:


*Jan. 23 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 59-47. Mike Romesburg scored 18 points and Michael Waite had 12.

*Last Friday -- Played Westerville Central

*Monday -- At Olentangy. The game was rescheduled from last Tuesday. The Monarchs lost 75-48 on Dec. 12.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Westerville South. Marysville lost 58-39 on Dec. 22.

*Friday -- At Dublin Jerome. Marysville lost 65-40 on Jan. 6.

Of note: The Monarchs were 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Friday.

*OCC-Cardinal game


Jan. 23-24 -- Finished fifth (207) behind champion Austintown Fitch (275.5) in Joshua Hephner Invitational at Fitch. Caleb Marsh (160) and Nathan Weeks (215) finished first.

Last Saturday -- Competed in OCC-Cardinal tournament

Saturday -- At Watkins Memorial

Of note: The Monarchs were fourth behind Teays Valley, Central Crossing and Olentangy in the Division I area coaches poll last week. Individually, Jake McCombs (125), Marsh (160) and Weeks (215) were first and Tyler Wirtz (140) was tied for third.


Jan. 24 -- Boys: Lost to Westerville South 100-72; Girls: Def. South 92-78

Last Wednesday -- Meet vs. Worthington Kilbourne postponed.

Last Saturday -- Competed in OCC-Cardinal meet

Feb. 14 -- At Division I sectional at Upper Arlington