After a disappointing performance against the defending OCC-Cardinal Division champion, Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball coach Mike Moler was confident his team would bounce back.
The Irish were just 1-for-16 from the field in the first half against Hilliard Bradley on Jan. 9 and trailed 27-7 at halftime on their way to a 58-37 loss.
Noah Brechbuhler had 15 points to lead Scioto, which was 7-4 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Jerome on Jan. 16. The contest against the Celtics had been scheduled for Jan. 12 but was postponed because of bad weather.
"Our guys just need to focus on being a little more consistent," Moler said. "We go through lulls and, against good teams, those lulls will hurt you. We just need to keep getting better and we'll like where we are at the end of the year. We got off to a solid start and we just need to keep building."
Entering the week, Bradley was first in the OCC-Cardinal at 5-0. The Irish will look to avenge the loss to the Jaguars when the teams meet Feb. 9 at Bradley.
"We were upset about the game, but we have them again in early February, so we're looking forward to that," Brechbuhler said. "Our coach was disappointed, but he wants us to keep our heads up and take on the rest of this season. We have a good team and he likes our group. We work together and that's a good thing."
The effort against Bradley was even more disappointing given that the Irish were coming off a dramatic 46-43 win at rival Worthington Kilbourne on Jan. 5. Brechbuhler capped a late rally with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
"This is probably my biggest shot (in my career)," Brechbuhler said after the game. "I had a game-winner last year against Delaware Hayes (in a 40-39 win), but this shot definitely topped it."
Moler said Bradley is the clear favorite to repeat as league champion, but hopes his team can contend for second place. Last season, the Jaguars went 12-0 in the league.
"Bradley is going to be tough," Moler said. "It's hard for me to imagine Bradley having two or more losses in the league at this point. Second place is wide open and you see what happens if you have a chance and you beat Bradley later in the year."
Scioto will visit Hilliard Darby on Tuesday, Jan. 23, looking to avenge a 60-49 loss to the Panthers on Dec. 19. The Panthers entered the week 4-1 in league play.
Through 11 games for the Irish, Victor Mwamba was averaging a team-high 13.3 points, followed by Dapreis Owens (9.8), Jacob Jones (9.6) and Brechbuhler (9.2).
Owens was leading the Irish in rebounds (7.5 per game).
"We're coming together as a team, which is good," Brechbuhler said.
Boys swimmers win Central Ohio Splash
The boys swimming and diving team finished first (340 points) of 12 teams in the Central Ohio Splash on Jan. 13 at Thomas Worthington, ahead of runner-up Westerville South (299).
Winning for the Irish were Colson Wenzel in the 100-yard butterfly (59.81 seconds), Mitchell Thomas in the 500 freestyle (5:04.3) and the 200 medley relay of Joel David, John Miller, Jackson Wolford and Baker Lutz (1:55.37).
The girls team finished second (307) of 10 teams in the meet, behind host Westerville Central (376).
Winners were Delia MacLaughlin in the 200 individual medley (2:14.09) and the 400 free relay of MacLaughlin, Ema Rennie, Emma Ferguson and Zoe Kingston (3:50.02).
Girls basketball team looking to rebound
The girls basketball team will be looking to rebound from its first OCC-Cardinal loss of the season when it plays host to Darby on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The Irish defeated the Panthers 52-48 on Dec. 19 behind 15 points from Madison Heasley and 14 from Lauren Erickson.
Scioto, which was 8-5 overall before playing Olentangy Liberty on Jan. 17, slipped to 5-1 in the OCC-Cardinal with a 49-46 loss at Bradley on Jan. 9.
Kennedie Lomax led the Irish with 12 points. Natalie Hutras added 11 points and Erickson scored 10.
The Irish's league game against Jerome on Jan. 12 was postponed because of bad weather and has been rescheduled for Feb. 13.
Wrestling team falls to Bradley
The wrestling team will try to post its first win in the OCC-Cardinal this season when it visits Darby on Thursday, Jan. 18.
The Irish fell to 0-2 in the league with a 39-28 loss to visiting Bradley on Jan. 11.
Scioto then will compete in the Hamilton Township Classic on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Last season, the Irish finished seventh (131) of 19 teams in the event, behind champion Vincent Warren (176), as Daniel Segura won the title at 132 pounds.
Scioto was scheduled to compete in the Marion County Invitational on Jan. 12 and 13 at Marion Harding, but didn't attend because of bad weather.
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
Jan. 20 -- At Licking Heights
*Jan. 23 -- At Hilliard Darby. The Irish lost to the Panthers 60-49 on Dec. 19
Jan. 20- Home vs. DeSales
*Jan. 23 -- Home vs. Darby. The Irish defeated the Panthers 52-48 on Dec. 19.
Jan. 19 -- Buckeye Valley, Coffman, Jerome, Thornville Sheridan, Upper Arlington, Washington Court House Miami Trace and Worthington Kilbourne at Trics Academy
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 19 -- Olentangy Orange at Delaware YMCA
Jan. 20 -- Dublin Classic at Dublin Recreation Center
*Jan. 18 -- At Darby
Jan. 20 -- Hamilton Township Classic