Wins may have eluded the Marysville High School boys basketball team in its first three games, but the Monarchs aren't expecting that trend to continue.

Wins may have eluded the Marysville High School boys basketball team in its first three games, but the Monarchs aren't expecting that trend to continue.

"The confidence is there," Marysville forward Mike Romesburg said. "We've been in every game, and we were leading two of the three games at halftime. Last year we were getting waxed. Our confidence is there and we definitely still have a positive vibe."

Marysville entered last Friday's game against Westerville Central at 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. The Monarchs' three losses were by an average of 11 points.

"We are in position to win games and we should win these games," coach Kenny Chaffin said. "When we step on the floor, we need to defend more consistently and we need to start to hit a few more outside shots.

"I'm not saying it's a positive thing that we just compete. I'm focused on winning and that's the message the kids are getting."

In the first two games, a 57-42 loss to Delaware on Dec. 4 and a 51-43 loss to Olentangy Liberty on Dec. 8, the Monarchs shot 6 percent from outside five feet.

Meanwhile, the inside game has been buoyed by Romesburg.

In three games, Romesburg averaged 17.7 points including a 24-point outburst in a 68-58 loss to Olentangy on Dec. 11. It was four more points than his season high from a season ago when he scored 20 in a 74-56 loss to Westerville South.

Romesburg, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound senior, has help inside this season with sophomore Craig Runyan (6-4, 220) and Dan Sable (6-2, 200).

"We are playing well with each other," Romesburg said. "We have good chemistry, even though Craig was on the freshman team last year. We know each other's moves before it happens and we're able to get good inside position."

As a team, Marysville is averaged 36 points from its frontcourt through three games. Chaffin also is confident the shots from his perimeter players will start to fall. Once that happens, the Monarchs expect to be a tough out in OCC-Cardinal play.

"We got guys who know they can shoot," Chaffin said. "They just haven't yet. Turnovers have been down and we got good position inside. When our shots start to fall and we become more consistent defensively, we can hang with teams and compete with and beat anybody in our league."

That includes Tuesday's opponent, Westerville South. Marysville has a definite size advantage inside with Romesburg, Runyan and Sable. South does not have a player taller than 6-2.

Despite the Wildcats' slight in stature, they won their first four games, including 68-40 over Reynoldsburg last Tuesday.

In 23 seasons as South's coach, Ed Calo typically has not had teams with height; and therefore, the Wildcats try to take charges rather than going for blocks.

"It's basically being a man about your position (in the paint)," guard Tevin Favor said. "You have to be there at the right time."

"(Drawing a charge) is such a game changer," Calo said. "It's possession. It's a foul. It's momentum."

Last season, South won both meetings against Marysville by an average of 18.5 points. Marysville lost all six games against the three Westerville schools.

"Really, we're playing pretty good basketball," Chaffin said. "We've been very strong in the interior.

"When our shots start dropping, I feel we're going to be a good team."


At a glance

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

*Dec. 11 -- Lost to Olentangy 68-58 *Last Friday -- Played Westerville Central *Tuesday -- Home vs. Westerville South

Of note: The Monarchs were 0-3 overall and were 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Friday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

*Dec. 11 -- Lost to Olentangy 61-49. Kate Francisco scored 17 points. Last Tuesday -- Defeated Thomas Worthington 67-58. Chelsey Wyman made four 3-pointers and led all scorers with 20. *Last Friday -- Played Westerville Central *Tuesday -- At Westerville South

Of note: The Monarchs were 3-2 overall and were 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before last Friday.

SWIMMING

Dec. 10 -- Boys: Finished third (64) behind Olentangy (142) and Bellefontaine (77). Grant Barnhorst won the 100 breast (1:12.01); Girls: Tied Olentangy for first at 121 ahead of Bellefontaine (62). Finishing first were Brittany Finlay in 50 free (26.83) and 500 free (5:47.82), Emily Rausch in 100 free (1:00.38) and the 400 free relay (4:07.22). Dec. 12 -- Boys: Lost to Dublin Scioto 127-61 and lost to Mount Vernon 112-68; Girls: Def. Scioto 115-75 and def. Mount Vernon 105-95. Finishing first were Lindsay Rossi in 100 free (1:01.16), Ellie Prinster in 50 free (27.89), the 200 free relay (1:51.67) and the 400 free relay (4:10.79). Last Monday -- Boys: Finished fourth (76) at Whetstone Invitational behind Whetstone (123), Hilliard Davidson (110) and Centennial (101);Girls: Finished first (152) at the Whetstone Invitational. Finishing first were Rausch in the 200 free (2:13.15) and 500 free (6:08.35), Finlay in the 200 IM (2:27.97) and 100 fly (1:08.788), Rossi in the 100 back (1:09.28), Katie Helfrich in the 100 breast (1:17.08), the 200 medley relay (2:06.32) and the 200 free relay (1:51.59). Last Thursday -- Competed against Lancaster Last Saturday -- Competed against Hilliard Bradley and Hilliard Darby Jan. 6 -- At Marysville YMCA vs. Dublin Jerome

WRESTLING

Dec. 12 -- Def. Canal Winchester 53-19 to finish third at the Marysville Dual Tournament. Harrison defeated Hilliard Darby 50-11 for the title. Dec. 29-30 -- At Brecksville Invitational

*OCC-Cardinal contest