The Marysville High School girls basketball team is looking forward to a little time off during the holidays. With Christmas and New Year's Day falling on a Friday, it has allowed coach Aric Tucker to give his team a couple of extended weekend breaks.

The Marysville High School girls basketball team is looking forward to a little time off during the holidays. With Christmas and New Year's Day falling on a Friday, it has allowed coach Aric Tucker to give his team a couple of extended weekend breaks.

"We've gone hard these last four weeks, so we're trying to back off a little bit," Tucker said. "Basketball is such a long season, it takes over Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Martin Luther King Day, days when a lot of other people are off. Because of that, we're not worrying about Delaware until Monday."

Tucker will allow his team to take another long break this coming weekend following practices Monday and Tuesday, a game at Delaware on Wednesday and a shoot-around and film session on Thursday.

"The girls are a little tired with the style we play," Tucker said. "We need to rest those legs and have them ready for a January push. The emphasis will be, finish strong in January to get ready for February."

Marysville fell to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division with a 55-49 loss to Westerville South last Tuesday. The Monarchs are still ahead of last year's pace of five overall wins and three conference wins.

Marysville's improved offensive play has led to the strong start. While the season's first few games rested the scoring load on the shoulders of junior guard Jenny Jordan, recently more help has come her way.

"Any coach will tell you the more kids you can get to score, especially in double figures, the better you're going to be," Tucker said. "It makes it so hard on the defense."

Marysville's fourth game of the season, a 61-49 loss to Olentangy on Dec. 11, helped Tucker's team realize more than one person needed to be reliable on the offensive end.

Since then, Jordan has received help from a host of players, including Kate Francisco, Elizabeth Lewis, Sarah VanVoorhis and Chelsey Wyman.

Wyman is providing perimeter scoring as she has at least one 3-point field goal in five of the Monarchs' first seven games.

In a 67-58 win over Thomas Worthington on Dec. 15, Wyman scored a team-high 20 points and was 4 of 5 from the 3-point line.

"We always knew Chelsey could shoot it and we have confidence in her shot," Tucker said. "Our new style of up tempo offense is creating more opportunities for just Katie and Jenny."

Wyman's scoring chances are coming in transition, as Marysville's goal is to get a shot off in six seconds or less. It is that style of play that has Tucker thankful for a lull these next few weekends.

•The boys and girls swimming team competed in its seventh meet in 14 days on Dec. 19. Marysville's next meet is not until Jan. 6 at the Marysville YMCA against Dublin Jerome.

"It was pretty rough," coach Chris Terzis said. "You can tell the kids are tired. But it also helped see where we're at and how tough these kids are."

Despite the exhausting schedule, Marysville swam well, highlighted by the girls team winning the Whetstone Invitational on Dec. 14.

Since a season opening loss to Pickerington North 102-66 on Dec. 5, the girls team finished first in six consecutive meets.

"We're pleased with the way they're swimming," Terzis said. "On the girls side, we don't have the depth we had last year, so it's forced us to swim girls in events they're not necessarily used to swimming. We've also had a lot of young kids step up and do a great job."

Although Marysville has a break from its meet schedule, the Monarchs will not rest comfortably over the holiday.

"They'll get a chance to recover a little bit," Terzis said. "But practice-wise, we're still going to go hard on dry land and in the water over the break."