It might seem logical for defenses to give extra attention to Olentangy Liberty High School senior girls basketball player Alexa Fisher now that she's back leading the way.

It might seem logical for defenses to give extra attention to Olentangy Liberty High School senior girls basketball player Alexa Fisher now that she's back leading the way.

That could be a risky proposition, though.

Although the Patriots lost one of the area's better post players in Kristen Levering to graduation, Fisher has a backcourt sidekick in junior Breanna Yashko whose game is much improved from a year ago.

After averaging 5.1 points last year, Yashko was averaging 14.8 points heading into her team's game Dec. 16 at home against Orange.

The Patriots didn't have Fisher for their first two games, but they were 5-0 overall before playing Orange. They also are 4-0 in the OCC-Central Division.

Liberty plays Friday, Dec. 18, at Westland and Tuesday, Dec. 22, at home against Hilliard Davidson in league games before traveling to Kissimmee, Fla., for a KSA Events tournament Dec. 29-31.

"(Yashko) was instrumental from the first of the year on last season," coach Sam Krafty said. "(Fisher) draws a lot of attention, so (Yashko) in all essence gives us another point guard on the floor. She makes very good decisions and offensively is very good."

Fisher, a first-team all-district player last winter who missed the preseason and the first two games while recovering from a knee injury, scored 15 points in her season debut Dec. 4 in a 77-32 win over Central Crossing. She was averaging 14.3 points before Dec. 16.

On Dec. 11 in a 51-40 win over Upper Arlington, Fisher made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points.

Last season, Liberty won the OCC-Central at 13-1 while UA finished second at 12-2 and Dublin Coffman placed third at 10-4.

The Patriots won't face the Shamrocks until Jan. 5 at home.

Others who have filled the gap offensively while Fisher has gotten re-acclimated to action have included seniors Lauren Hofer (post player) and Savitha Jayaraman (wing player).

Through five games, Hofer was averaging 9.0 points and Jayaraman was averaging 6.0.

"I kind of thought going into this that it was going to be a process," Krafty said. "The phrase we use in our locker room is that the star of our team is the team. Everybody can do something."

Meade to go for Braves' record

Olentangy senior Kelly Meade will become the program's all-time leading scorer if she scores one point Friday, Dec. 18, at New Albany.

Meade tied the mark of 1,090 career points set last year by 2015 graduate Morgan Horvath when she scored 18 in a 55-21 victory over Orange on Dec. 11.

The Braves are 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Capital.

All of Olentangy's victories have been by more than 30 points, but coach John Feasel has seen plenty of teaching points.

"I just don't think we run the offense very well yet," Feasel said. "We score a lot of points because we have talented players that know how to play basketball, but when you get to the district final level, you've got people that can stop you.

"Some of the young ones look at me like, 'Um, we just won by 30.' But we've got to get better."

The Braves will face two of their biggest tests in back-to-back games beginning with New Albany, which is 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Capital.

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Olentangy plays host to Worthington Kilbourne, which is 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Capital. The Wolves play host to Franklin Heights on Friday, Dec. 18, in a league game.

One thing that could help Olentangy as it prepares for its final two league games of the 2015 portion of its schedule is the return of senior guard Christina Baumann.

After averaging 4.2 points last season, Baumann sustained a knee injury during the offseason that sidelined her for the season's first three games.

She saw limited action for the first time in a 66-33 win over Franklin Heights on Dec. 8.

"Any time we get her out on the floor, it's a good thing," Feasel said.

Pioneers hope to build off win

Orange showed a glimpse of what coach Bob Scott believes it is capable of during a 53-52 victory over Mount Vernon on Dec. 8.

The Pioneers were 1-4 overall before playing Liberty on Dec. 16. They are 1-3 in the OCC-Capital heading into games Friday, Dec. 18, at home against Delaware and Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Franklin Heights.

Orange averaged 34.4 points through five games but scored 20 in the first quarter at Mount Vernon, which was 5-2 overall before playing Bellville Clear Fork on Dec. 15 and is 2-2 in the league.

"(Mount Vernon was) undefeated and it was a good win for us," Scott said. "We had eight or nine kids score. I've been playing a lot of kids. Our shots were falling in the beginning of the game.

"We're doing better offensively. Hopefully we'll try to make better decisions and on the other end we'll play better defensively."

Leading the way offensively has been junior guard Schae Lilley. She scored 14 points, including making four 3-pointers, in a 58-47 loss to New Albany on Dec. 1 and had 15 points and three 3s against Mount Vernon.

Lilley entered this season as the leading returning scorer and was averaging 7.6 points through five games.

While Liberty and Olentangy both are traveling to Florida over the holiday break, Orange's only game between Christmas and New Year's is Dec. 30 at Marion Harding.

Scott is hoping his team will continue to improve offensively after being held under 30 points in three of its first five games.

"McKenna Ford and Makayla Scott have been producing in some games," Scott said. "Defensively, Bree McCague and Nia Lee have been playing well and Hannah Sargent has been playing good defense and rebounding."