The Columbus School for Girls basketball team struggled in its first game after returning from the holiday break.

The Unicorns lost to host Village Academy 45-26 on Jan. 8, thanks in large part to a 14-0 run by the Griffins spanning the first and second quarters. It was CSG's first game since Dec. 13 when it overcame an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Fisher Catholic 41-38 in overtime.

"We obviously had some rust, but we also just haven't jelled yet either," first-year coach Heath Goolsby said. "We've had injuries to a couple of starters and (Jan. 8) was the first time we've had 12 of our 13 girls in the same gym. This was Hattie Person's first night back after an injury and we're still without Eva Nicolosi."

Nicolosi, a sophomore guard, was injured Dec. 8 during a 40-15 loss to Ready in the only CCL game CSG played until facing DeSales on Jan. 15. The Unicorns were 4-5 overall before playing the Stallions.

CSG finished 4-17 last season, but Goolsby said the team isn't gauging its success solely by its record.

"We like the fact we've got four wins at this point, but we still need a lot of growth," Goolsby said.

"In fact, our primary goal isn't about any number of wins. It's about growth, improvement and reaching our mantra, which is we will outwork our opponents in games and outwork each other in practices. If we can do that, our growth and improvement as a team will become evident."

Veronica Ross and Emma Spangler both scored six points against Village Academy.

Swimmers fare well in Northeast Classic

The swimming and diving team made a strong showing in the Northeast Classic held Jan. 11 and 12 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

The Unicorns scored 112 points to tie Olentangy for seventh behind champion North Canton Hoover (243) as 48 teams scored.

"I was pretty concerned going in because we had three girls, Jordan Aurnou-Rhees, Anna Ray Ziegler and Cosette Persall, who were sick," coach Brian Botzman said.

"But they toughed it out and we scored well competing against much bigger schools. We're really happy. This sets us up for good things in the postseason. We can't wait to get everyone healthy and prepare for the postseason, with the CCL meet two weeks away."

Aurnou-Rhees placed second in the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 4.15 seconds) and seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.2) and Nyah Funderburke finished fourth in the 50 freestyle (23.98) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (57.21).

Both were on the second-place 200 medley relay (1:46.58) with Ava Fortney and Ziegler and on the 12th-place 400 free relay (3:41.61) with Persall and Riley Murphy.

Julie Aslander finished 14th in the 500 free (5:25.83), Fortney was 15th in the 100 breast (1:08.37) and the 200 free relay of Emily Dewolf, Persall, Murphy and Lauren Dittrick was 14th (1:42.96).

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Schedules

Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus School for Girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:

BASKETBALL

Jan. 17 -- Home vs. Granville Christian

Jan. 22 -- Home vs. Harvest Prep

SWIMMING & DIVING

Jan. 18 -- Home vs. Pickerington North