The Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team is looking to continue its winning ways while also improving its shooting.
The Wildcats entered their contest against Olentangy Orange on Jan. 8 at 10-3 overall and winners of seven consecutive games despite struggling from the field, according to coach Joy Taylor.
"We haven't shot the ball very well in the first part of the season and to win 10 games with the way we've been shooting is good," Taylor said. "I'm really proud of our girls. We're battling and hopefully in the second half of the season our shooting percentage will go up. We'll still keep working hard, I know that."
Davidson is 3-2 in the OCC-Central Division as it looks to keep its league title hopes alive. The Wildcats, who begin the second round of league play Friday, Jan. 11 at Marysville, are third behind Dublin Coffman (5-0) and Upper Arlington (4-1).
In the first round of league play, Davidson lost to Coffman 73-26 on Dec. 10 and fell to UA 51-38 on Dec. 14. The Wildcats play host to the Shamrocks on Jan. 17 and the Golden Bears on Jan. 25.
"We have both of those teams at home the second time around and our seniors are excited for another shot at both of those teams," Taylor said. "Our conference is really tough and they're both very good teams with very good players, but I think we have really good players, too. We're a good team."
Senior Emily Simon has led Davidson's recent surge, averaging a team-high 13.5 points through 13 games.
Simon, who has committed to play for the University of Charleston, established the program record for career 3-pointers in a 91-17 win over Westland on Jan. 4. She surpassed 2009 graduate Addie Goodwin's previous mark of 119 and had 123 before playing Orange.
Simon had a game-high 17 points against Westland, followed by Jadah Dixon (15), Brianna O'Connor (14) and Sally Sell (11).
Simon also is approaching 1,000 career points, as she had 950 before playing Orange.
"We have team goals and I definitely have individual goals for myself," Simon said. "I'm so happy. Seven straight wins and we're undefeated at home. We couldn't ask for a better start to the season and we're ready for the second half of our season to be pretty positive."
Davidson completed a regular-season sweep of its Hilliard rivals by defeating Darby 54-50 on Jan. 5 at home behind 14 points from Simon, 13 from Dixon and 11 from Sydney Petersen.
"This was an important game to them. It always is," Taylor said. "It's our rival. I was happy for our seniors. I thought we played pretty well."
The Wildcats won at Bradley 43-33 on Dec. 15 to begin their winning streak.
"It's hard to do," Taylor said of sweeping Bradley and Darby.
Boys basketball team also enjoying success
The boys basketball team entered its game against Orange on Jan. 8 on a five-game winning streak.
The Wildcats were 7-2 overall before facing the Pioneers and are 2-2 in the OCC-Central entering a home game against Marysville on Friday, Jan. 11.
Davidson opened 2019 by winning at Westland 66-49 on Jan. 4 as Gage Keys had a game-high 18 points and Jacob Drees scored 12.
The Wildcats beat host Darby 58-39 on Dec. 28 behind 16 points from Christian Gillilan and 13 from Caleb Stimmel.
Boys swimmers win Delaware Invite
The boys swimming and diving team won the Delaware Invitational on Jan. 5 at Ohio Wesleyan.
The Wildcats scored 350 points to finish first in the six-team meet, ahead of second-place Darby (310).
The girls team finished fifth (89) of six teams, behind champion Delaware (429).
Wrestlers finish fifth at West Jefferson
The wrestling team finished fifth (169 points) in the 18-team West Jefferson Invitational on Dec. 28 and 29, behind champion Teays Valley (191).
Jackson Sowers placed second at 138 pounds, Dez Gartrell was third at 145 and Dylan Evans was fourth at 170.
Below are the coming schedules for the Davidson boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 11 -- Home vs. Marysville
*Jan. 11 -- At Marysville. The Wildcats defeated the Monarchs 43-30 on Dec. 4.
Jan. 15 -- Home vs. Pickerington North
*Jan. 11 -- Gahanna at Gahanna Lanes
*Jan. 15 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Ten Pin Alley
*Jan. 16 -- Darby at Ten Pin Alley
Jan. 12 -- McGee Invitational at Dublin Jerome
SWIMMING & DIVING
Jan. 11 -- At Upper Arlington
*Jan. 10 -- Home vs. Upper Arlington
Jan. 12 -- Porter Memorial Tournament at Bradley