This season did not turn out the way the Marysville High School boys basketball team expected.

This season did not turn out the way the Marysville High School boys basketball team expected.

The Monarchs lost to fourth-seeded Newark 78-50 in the first round of the Division I district tournament last Tuesday to finish 3-18. They also went 0-14 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, finishing last behind Dublin Scioto (14-0), Westerville South (12-2), Westerville Central (9-5), Olentangy Liberty (6-8), Westerville North (7-7), Olentangy (5-9) and Dublin Jerome (3-11).

"Going into the season we were hoping to be able to go out there and compete every night," senior Braden Short said.

"We didn't want to end up with the record we had. This year was tough, but this team rallied together and we got better as the season went on and played our best basketball toward the end of the season."

Marysville won its senior night game Feb. 21 over Bexley 53-37. Against defending state champion Newark, the Monarchs led 15-14 after the first quarter and 19-14 in early in the second before an 18-4 run gave the Wildcats control.

"That run hurt us," Short said. "We weren't really able to cut back into the lead after that.

"For me and the rest of the seniors, being able to go out on senior night with a big win against Bexley meant everything to us. There weren't many highlights the rest of the season and that was a big thing to end our career with a home win."

Short, a 6-foot-5 post player, is joined in the senior class by Paul Devine (6-1 guard), Kane Godfrey (6-2 forward), Mitch Hammond (6-3 post player) and Michael Waite (6-0 guard).

"They will not be remembered for a special year in the win column, but those five kids gave everything they had to the program," coach Kenny Chaffin said. "They were great leaders for the rest of our kids."

Waite was the team's leading scorer at 9.5 points per game and was named honorable mention all-OCC-Cardinal.

"We are in a extremely difficult conference," Chaffin said. "We didn't realize how skilled every team would be. It was something we underestimated."

Those teams added to frustration for Marysville's offense as the Monarchs averaged 43.5 points per game. In the offseason, Chaffin wants to expose his players to more pressure defense.

"That's the style of basketball teams in our league play," Chaffin said. "We need to play against players this summer that play that caliber and style of basketball."

Leading the group of expected returnees are juniors Trevor Morris (6-2 guard/forward) and Mike Romesburg (6-5 forward) and sophomore Anthony Aquillo (5-7 point guard).

Romesburg averaged 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds.

"Going into next year, Mike and Trevor have got to become all-conference type players," Chaffin said. "That is a big key for us and they have that ability.

"We have an awful lot of athletic kids coming form the junior varsity to help. We'll try to mesh that together and produce a winning product."

At a glance

•Record: 3-18 overall, 0-14 (eighth) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Paul Devine, Kane Godfrey, Mitch Hammond, Braden Short and Michael Waite

•Key returnees: Anthony Aquillo, Trevor Morris and Mike Romesburg