The development of team chemistry has been a highlight of Mindy Eisnaugle's first season as Marysville High School girls basketball coach.

The Monarchs hope to finish with a winning record, as they were 10-11 overall before closing the regular season Feb. 10 against Upper Arlington.

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"Towards the end (of the season) we've come together and competed," Eisnaugle said. "There's been someone new to step up and help when someone who usually scores for us isn't, so the team factor is coming together."

Marysville will spend this week preparing for its Division I district tournament opener Saturday, Feb. 18, at 21st-seeded Licking Heights. The Monarchs are seeded 23rd of 47 teams.

"We're getting really excited about the tournament," junior guard Katherine Hazelbaker said. "We haven't talked about an end goal, but just getting past the first round is something that would be huge."

Licking Heights is 13-8 entering its regular-season finale Monday, Feb. 13, against Marion Harding. The Hornets, who are looking to eclipse a program-record 14 wins, have been led by senior point guard Jordin Spears, junior forward Alyssa Jordan, junior guard Cassidy Denig, sophomore guard Nashala Coffman and sophomore forward Isabella Caruso.

The winner plays at 18th-seeded Big Walnut in the second round Feb. 21. Second-seeded Dublin Coffman likely awaits the winner in a district semifinal March 1.

"I would have liked to seen a higher seed, but we have to earn that respect," Eisnaugle said. "The teams that we have competed against are upper-level OCC teams, so many of our losses came from those. ... I like our draw. I feel we can get a couple wins."

Marysville and Coffman met twice during OCC-Central Division play, with the Shamrocks winning 93-22 on Jan. 6 and 78-47 on Feb. 7.

In the rematch at Coffman, Cassie Francisco led the Monarchs with 11 points.

Marysville was 6-3 in the OCC-Central before playing UA. It was looking to share second place with the Golden Bears, who were 7-2 in the league.

"We've been working really hard in practice and it's paying off at the end of the season," Hazelbaker said.

Coffman had clinched the league title and was 9-0 before playing Central Crossing on Feb. 10.

Hazelbaker said Eisnaugle has been a solid addition to the program.

"She's brought new things to the program and a new perspective and it's been good," Hazelbaker said.

Through 21 games, Sarah O'Neil was leading the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game, followed by Daryn Stiers at 9.4.

Francisco was averaging 5.3 rebounds and O'Neil was averaging 5.1.

Boys bowling team
earns share of title

The boys bowling team earned a share of the OCC-Central title, tying Pickerington North at 5-1.

The Monarchs lost to the Panthers 2,361-2,098 on Jan. 4, and North lost to Reynoldsburg 2,228-2,097 on Jan. 27.

Last season, Marysville shared the OCC-Central title with Olentangy Liberty at 3-1.

"It is great for our program to get a share of an OCC (title) two years in a row," coach Ray Cusack said. "Our first two years in the OCC and we get a share of the OCC-Central title. What a great way to start this program."

Marysville will compete in the 45-team Division I sectional tournament Feb. 25 at Sawmill Lanes.

Boys basketball team
gaining momentum

The boys basketball team had won three of four games before playing UA on Feb. 10 and was 7-11 overall and 3-5 in the OCC-Central.

The Monarchs defeated Coffman 62-57 on Feb. 7 as DeAundre Mosby scored 15 points, Bodie Eberhart had 14 and Josh Daman added 12.

"I'm happy with the way our kids are still battling down the stretch after some rough losses early in the season," coach Ryan Grose said. "We're a team that's still figuring it out. We're still figuring out how to play together, who we can rely on to score baskets and who we can rely on to get stops, and how do we do that as one unit. That process takes time."

The Division I district tournament draw is Sunday, Feb. 12.

Swimming teams
compete at sectional

The swimming teams competed in a Division I sectional Feb. 11 at UA.

The winner of each event advanced to district Saturday, Feb. 18, at Ohio State. In addition, 27 at-large district berths were awarded in each swimming event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites.

At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to the state meet Feb. 24 and 25 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded for each event based on times statewide.

Marysville does not have any divers.

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