It hasn't taken Jamie Meegan long to figure out the significance of the rivalry between Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools.

It hasn't taken Jamie Meegan long to figure out the significance of the rivalry between Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools.

Meegan, a senior guard and forward for the girls basketball team at Thomas, is new to Worthington, having moved from Blairsville, Pa. She will be on the court Saturday at Kilbourne when the teams meet in a league contest -- in the OCC-Central Division -- for the first time. It's part of a doubleheader, with the boys game to follow.

"Everyone is pumped up about it," she said. "That's all I have heard about. We're going to have to get after them and play our game."

Players from the two schools grew up playing with and against each other in AAU and recreation leagues, but never met in a regular-season game at the high-school level until last year, with Kilbourne winning 48-37. This year's rematch will be Jan. 16 at Thomas.

"It's different ballgame," Kilbourne coach Steve Palmer said. "No matter what happens, you can't get too high or too low because you're going to play each other again."

"Last year was a fun experience for the players," Thomas coach Laurie Barr said. "This year it's an important game because it is a league game. We will treat it like all our games and prepare to put ourselves in a position to have success."

Through six games, Thomas was averaging 44.6 points, led by Erika Rousculp at 17.6. Kilbourne is led by guard Tori Besser at 11.3 points per game, but it is beginning to get production from others as well. In the last four games, Maggie Sullivan has averaged 12.8.

Last Friday in a 60-35 win over Westland, Besser and Sarah Bechtel scored 14 points and Sullivan had 13.

"Last year she didn't play a lot, but this year Maggie is creating a lot of mismatches," Palmer said. "She's been able to step up and have some success. It's been exciting to watch her develop."

Sullivan is looking forward to the game, even it means sacrificing a little bit of the Christmas holiday.

"I'm excited to play Thomas," Sullivan said. "I didn't get a chance to play against them last year, so it's going to be great to play this year. We don't get much of a Christmas break this year. I think we're even going to be practicing on Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas because we have the Thomas game coming up."

Kilbourne's Maggie Sullivan looks for an open teammate Dec. 16 while being guarded by Hilliard Davidson's Brittany Cheese.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Kilbourne and Thomas girls basketball teams:


*Dec. 9 -- Lost to Darby 56-30

*Dec. 12 -- Lost to Upper Arlington 54-35. Tori Besser scored 16 points and Maggie Sullivan added 10.

Dec. 13 -- Lost to Canal Winchester 49-37. Sullivan scored 16 points.

*Dec. 16 -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 63-59. Besser scored 18 points, Sullivan had 12 and Sarah Bechtel 10.

*Last Friday -- Defeated Westland 60-35. Besser and Bechtel scored 14 points and Sullivan added 13.

*Saturday -- Home vs. Thomas

Of note: The Wolves are 2-5 overall and 1-3 in OCC before last Tuesday.


*Dec. 9 -- Lost to UA 60-43. Erika Rousculp scored 17 points.

*Dec. 12 -- Lost to Davidson 54-38. Rousculp scored 13 points.

Dec. 16 -- Def. Dublin Jerome 48-45 (OT). Rousculp scored 16 points.

*Last Friday -- Lost to Dublin Coffman 77-29. Emily Meyer scored eight.

*Last Tuesday -- Played Westland

*Saturday -- At Kilbourne

Tuesday -- Home vs. Big Walnut

Of note: The Cardinals were 2-4 and 1-3 before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Central game