After a pair of impressive wins to close the regular season, the Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team will look to carry that momentum into the Division I district tournament.
The Irish bounced back from a 39-20 loss at Hilliard Bradley on Feb. 9 to defeat host Olentangy Orange 53-50 on Feb. 13 and visiting Jerome 46-43 on Feb. 16 to conclude the regular season with a 12-10 overall record.
"This gives us momentum," junior forward Dapreis Owens said. "We have a really good chance in the tournament to win a couple of games. We just have to keep our heads up and keep doing what we're doing."
The 26th-seeded Irish will visit 16th-seeded Mount Vernon for a first-round game Saturday, Feb. 24. The Yellow Jackets, who are members of the Ohio Cardinal Conference, are 15-7.
"I know they have a pretty good record, but that doesn't matter," Owens said. "We've beaten teams with pretty good records. We just have to lock in and we just need to focus in practice and make everything count."
The winner plays host to 27th-seeded Teays Valley in the second round March 2.
"You have to win and survive and advance and, at that point, you figure out what you have to do for your next game, but I think we have a good matchup," coach Mike Moler said.
Against Orange, Jacob Jones scored a game-high 19 points and Victor Mwamba scored 12.
Scioto avenged a 59-52 loss at Jerome on Jan. 16 as Mwamba and Owens each scored 13 in the rematch.
"It was a very good win," Owens said. "The first time (against Jerome) we played extremely slow. Our heads really weren't into the game. This time we knew that we were a better team than them, so we just came out and we proved it."
Scioto is guaranteed its second consecutive winning season after having three consecutive losing seasons.
Last season, the Irish finished 15-9 and Moler was named district Coach of the Year.
"We had two nice victories over Orange and Jerome, two good basketball teams, and anytime you can finish your (regular) season by winning a couple of games heading into the tournament, it can only be a good thing," Moler said. "We just lack consistency. We just have to be more consistent and we'll have success."
Scioto finished 4-8 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to place fifth, behind Bradley (12-0), Hilliard Darby (7-5), Jerome and Worthington Kilbourne (both 6-6) and Delaware (5-7) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (2-10).
Bradley won its second consecutive league title.
Rennie earns berth to state swim meet
Sophomore Ana Rennie will represent the swimming and diving program in the Division I state meet Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, at Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Rennie earned her first state berth by finishing fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.92 seconds) in the district meet Feb. 17 at Ohio University. She is seeded 14th of 24 swimmers at state.
The top two placers in each swimming event at district automatically advanced to state. In addition, 16 at-large state berths were awarded for each swimming event based on times statewide.
"Being that young, you have to get that experience and have fun and do your best," coach Brian Worhatch said.
Scioto scored 40 points at district to tie Hilliard Davidson and Kilbourne for 17th behind champion Upper Arlington (274) as 30 teams scored.
The boys team finished 15th (40) at district behind champion Jerome (303) as 29 teams scored.
Mitchell Thomas led the Irish, finishing eighth in the 200 individual medley (1:58.39) and 11th in the 100 free (48.07).
Girls basketball team loses in first round
The girls basketball team saw its season end with a 54-52 loss to 25th-seeded Davidson in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 17 at home.
The 21st-seeded Irish led 43-32 after three quarters, but were outscored 15-0 over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Davidson led 52-44 with 1:05 remaining and held on for the win.
"We exceeded some expectations this year," coach Jen Music said.
"They should be proud of that. We just have to do the little things coming down the stretch. We had an opportunity and let it slip away."
Brianna Jordan led Scioto with 13 points, followed by Madison Heasley with 11 and Natalie Hutras with 10.
Hutras had 15 points, senior post player Kennedie Lomax scored 13 and Jordan added 12 in a 55-40 win over Jerome on Feb. 13 as Scioto earned a share of its first league championship since the 2009-10 season.
The Irish finished 12-11 overall and went 9-3 in the OCC-Cardinal to share the league title with Thomas.
Season ends for hockey team
The hockey team was seeded 21st of 24 teams in the district tournament and opened the postseason with a 3-1 win over 20th-seeded Cincinnati Sycamore on Feb. 16 at OhioHealth Ice Haus.
The Irish, whose regular-season schedule included varsity and junior varsity opponents, then lost to top-seeded Jerome 10-0 in a second-round game Feb. 17 at Chiller North to finish 19-15-2.
@ThisWeekFrankAt a glance
Below are the members of the Scioto boys and girls swimming & diving teams who competed at district but did not qualify for state:
BOYS -- Mitchell Thomas: 200 IM (1:58.39, eighth), 100 free (48.07, 11th); Colson Wenzel: 200 free (1:48.97, 18th), 500 free (4:54.73, 14th); Jackson Wolford: 100 fly (56.97, 27th); Daniel Woo: 100 back (58.48, 27th); 200 free relay (1:38.68, 13th); 200 medley relay (1:49.38, 23rd); 400 free relay (3:21.27, 12th)
GIRLS -- Zoe Kington: 100 breast (1:10.97, 19th); Delia MacLaughlin: 100 fly (58.66, 13th), 100 free (52.99, 14th); Lauren Perry: 200 IM (2:21.37, 25th); Ema Rennie: 100 free (53.34, 17th); 200 free relay (1:40.1, 12th); 200 medley relay (1:58.52, 18th); 400 free relay (3:43.79, 12th)Schedules
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto gymnastics and wrestling teams:
Feb. 24 -- District meet at Worthington Kilbourne. Top three teams advance to state team meet March 2 at Hilliard Bradley, and top eight individuals in each event and the all-around advance to state individual meet March 3 at Bradley.
Feb. 24 -- Division I sectional at Marysville. Top four finishers in each weight class advance to district tournament March 2 and 3 at Hilliard Darby.