When the Central Crossing High School girls basketball team needs some instant offense, it looks to the perimeter for one of the "splash sisters."
Senior Sam Poor and sophomore Haley Cox have been swishing the nets from beyond the 3-point line this season, combining for 64 3s through 14 games.
"We don't have a rivalry (on making 3s), we have bonded from it," said Poor, whose team was 5-9 overall before playing London on Jan. 16 and 1-4 in the OCC-Central Division before facing Westland on Jan. 17. "We sometimes call ourselves the 'splash sisters' because we're the ones making the 3s."
Poor and Cox have helped the Comets match last season's win total when they finished 5-17. They started 3-1, including a 56-55 overtime win at Lakewood on Nov. 27 in the opener, during which Cox went 7-for-16 on 3s and scored 29 points and Poor added 16 points with three 3s.
Cox was averaging a team-high 19.5 points through 14 games and had made 40 of 83 attempts from 3-point range (48.2 percent).
"Sometimes when warming up I hit a lot of shots and I know I'm on, but sometimes I'm not hitting and then start making shots in the game," Cox said. "(Sam and I) both try to get each other shots when we're open and we have fun getting it to each other. It's fun when we're both hitting like we were in the Lakewood game."
The Comets cooled off after their strong start, losing eight of nine games before defeating Groveport 57-50 in overtime Jan. 9. Poor was out because of concussion protocol, but Cox scored 21 points with five 3s, including two in overtime to help secure the victory.
"We were down 15 (points) at half (against Groveport) and we were able to come back," second-year coach Michal Cheney said. "I don't think we would have done that last year, and I'm not sure we would have even two weeks ago.
"We have a new perspective on things. ... We're playing with a sense of urgency and at a different level right now. That creates a much more fun atmosphere for them."
Poor said a key to success from 3-point range is not the shots put up by Cox and herself but the passes they receive from junior point guard Kennedy Edwards.
"If we didn't have Kennedy we wouldn't have any shots going down," said Poor, who was averaging 11.8 points through 14 games and had made 24 3s. "She's the one working the ball to get those shots and making the passes to make the good shots. When she drives and kicks it out, that creates the whole environment needed to make the shots."
Edwards, who was averaging a team-high 2.4 assists, said the scoring comes from running the offense correctly.
"It's just the ball movement," she said. "We move the ball really well, and Haley and Sam are good at finding the open shots. They just nail them down."
The Comets hope the come-from-behind victory at Groveport will help build the team's confidence and lead to more victories in the coming weeks.
"I think the biggest key to our success has been our effort," Cheney said. "When every kid can put forth that extra effort needed to get better, that really brings about the atmosphere that they can feed off of.
"We kind of had a down period for the last few weeks, but we are coming out of that. They have been rejuvenated. We have been watching a lot of film and pointing out things that we need to do to get better, so I think you'll see a different team in the coming weeks."
Mattox leads wrestlers at Oregon Clay
Jaden Mattox won the 160-pound title for the wrestling team in Mike Casey-Maumee Bay Classic on Jan. 12 and 13 at Oregon Clay.
The Comets tied Remus (Michigan) Chippewa Hills for 11th (84 points) behind champion Elyria (213.5) as 45 teams scored.
Mattox went 5-0 to improve to 18-0 overall, defeating Kettering Fairmont's Nevan Snodgrass 4-1 in the championship match. The senior had two pins and two technical falls in his four previous matches.
Noah Ross placed fourth at 106, losing to Berea-Midpark's Shane Heil 9-3 in the consolation final. Ross is 17-6 overall.
Devin Wood was fifth at 132, defeating Versailles' Preston Platfoot 5-2 in the fifth-place match to improve to 17-5. He had lost to Platfoot 2-1 in the second round.
Late free throws seal win for boys team
On Jan. 9, the boys basketball team got the better of an opponent featuring one of its former players.
Senior Mike Woods made three free throws with 0.1 of a second remaining, giving the Comets a 58-56 win over visiting Groveport.
The Cruisers' roster includes Antwon Hampton, a senior who started the past two seasons at Central Crossing. Hampton scored 18 points to lead Groveport.
Anthony Lowe led the Comets with 18 points, and Eddie Ferguson had 16. Woods finished with seven points.
Central Crossing was 5-6 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland on Jan. 16. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 12, but was postponed because of bad weather.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 19 -- At Upper Arlington. The Comets lost to the Golden Bears 58-47 on Dec. 8.
Jan. 23 -- At Grove City
*Jan. 19 -- Home vs. UA. The Comets lost to the Golden Bears 69-34 on Dec. 8.
Jan. 23 -- At Grove City
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 20 -- Groveport and Hamilton Township at Urbancrest YMCA
Jan. 22 -- Whetstone at Columbus Aquatics Center
Jan. 18 -- Home vs. Gahanna, Logan and *UA
Jan. 20 -- Comet Classic at home