The Olentangy High School girls basketball team will get a shot a retribution when it visits Olentangy Liberty on Friday after the Patriots won the first meeting 65-64 on Dec. 19.

The Olentangy High School girls basketball team will get a shot a retribution when it visits Olentangy Liberty on Friday after the Patriots won the first meeting 65-64 on Dec. 19.

"We're all really excited about it," Olentangy guard Jamie Richardson said. "We feel like we won the first three quarters but we couldn't hold on to win. It should be a good game."

Cassie Swafford made a layup with 2.2 seconds to go to give the Patriots their third consecutive victory over the Braves. Olentangy led 48-38 going into the final quarter.

"It'll be a little weird playing them again, but they are in our conference now so we'll have to get used to it," Liberty coach Jennifer Clark said. "You know it's always a tough, very emotional game."

"It's always an emotional game, but the more we play them the more relaxed we will be and the easier it will be," Olentangy coach John Feasel said. "We have to keep our emotions in check."

Neither Liberty nor Orange had their normal point guard for all of the first meeting, but both had season-high point totals. Liberty's Nikki Kontely was sidelined with a sprained ankle but has returned. Olentangy's Christine Delaney scored four points before suffering a torn ACL in the first quarter and hasn't played since.

The Patriots had lost five of six before defeating Marysville 44-31 on Jan. 20, holding an 11-3 edge in the fourth quarter.

"We've had trouble lately finishing," Clark said. "Consistency has been something we continue to work on each game. We were able to be more consistent and got better results (against Marysville)."

The Braves lost eight of their next nine after the first meeting with Liberty. Two of their last three losses were to teams ranked in the Division I state poll last week, falling to No. 10 Pickerington Central 91-41 on Jan. 19 and No. 7 Delaware 53-28 on Jan. 20. Olentangy also lost to league-leading Scioto 71-47 last Friday. Those three teams had a combined record of 39-3 after last Friday's games.

"We played hard against all three teams," Feasel said. "We've got a lot of young players who are learning what they were able to get away with in eighth grade, they can't do at the varsity level. They have to play hard all the time and not take quarters off."

"It's way different," Richardson said. "These games are so much more intense."

After last Friday, Olentangy was tied with Westerville North for fifth in the OCC-Cardinal at 3-6, with Liberty (5-4) fourth behind Scioto (9-0), Westerville South (6-2) and Dublin Jerome (6-3). Marysville (2-7) and Westerville Central (1-7) were seventh and eighth.

Swafford averaged 14 points in the last four games before last Monday's contest against Buckeye Valley, including 26 in a 51-49 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 12.

"I don't think you completely stop her," Feasel said. "Hopefully we can keep her out of her comfort zone and not let her get point-blank shots at the basket."

Clark said her top concern is Olentangy's perimeter shooting. Led by Richardson and Nicole Payne, Olentangy was averaging nearly four 3-pointers a game in the last five games before facing Marysville last Tuesday.

"They are going to look to shoot from the outside. We will need to pressure them, force them to shoot unbalanced shots and expect to rebound," Clark said. "Feasel also has a couple kids who are not afraid to drive. We'll need to be ready for anything he'll throw at us."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for Liberty, Olentangy and Orange girls basketball teams:


*Jan. 20 -- Defeated Marysville 44-31. Cassie Swafford and Allyson Van Gundy had 12 points and Nikki Kontely had 10.

Last Monday -- Def. Buckeye Valley 64-32

*Last Tuesday -- Played Dublin Jerome

*Friday -- Home vs. Olentangy

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Westerville North. The Warriors, who lost to Liberty 40-33 on Jan. 9, were 3-6 in the OCC-Cardinal after losing to Dublin Jerome 56-43 last Friday and 4-9 overall after losing to Duncan Falls Philo 55-50 last Saturday.

Of note: The Patriots were 7-7 overall and 5-4 in OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.


Jan. 19 -- Lost to Pickerington Central 91-41 in Fairfield Federal All Ohio Prep Shoot Out. Jamie Richardson scored 12 points.

Jan. 20 -- Lost to Delaware 53-28. Richardson scored nine points, all on 3-pointers

*Last Friday -- Lost to Dublin Scioto 71-47. Richardson scored nine points.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Marysville

* Friday -- At Liberty

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Jerome. The Celtics, who beat Olentangy 44-37 on Dec. 23, were 6-4 in the OCC-Cardinal after beating North last Friday and 7-6 overall after losing to Grove City 76-39 last Saturday.

Of note: The Braves were 4-11 overall and 3-6 in OCC-Cardinal before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Cardinal game


Jan. 19 -- Lost to Mentor Lake Catholic 63-43

Jan. 20 -- Lost to Hilliard Darby 49-46. Allison Donatelli scored 23 points.

*Last Friday -- Lost to Mount Vernon 61-53. Megan Walker made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Big Walnut

*Friday -- At New Albany. The Eagles, who beat Orange 53-39 on Dec. 19, were 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the OCC-Capital before playing Watkins Memorial last Tuesday.

*Tuesday -- At Watkins Memorial. The Warriors, who lost to Orange 52-33 on Dec. 23, were 1-13 overall and 0-7 in the OCC-Capital before playing New Albany last Tuesday.

Of note: The Pioneers were 5-10 overall and 2-6 in OCC-Capital before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Capital game