Kennedy Edwards is used to planning ahead and executing plans of action during competition.
The senior is in her fourth season as the point guard for the Central Crossing High School girls basketball team, and she also was a four-year starter at midfielder for the girls soccer program.
Being at the center of the action in both sports -- and making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time -- suits her well.
"I see the floor really well (in basketball) and I think that's what I do best," Edwards said. "I think that comes from me playing soccer. I have to see the field well as a midfielder and that carries over. I feel like I'm better at soccer and I'm more comfortable playing it, but I have a lot of fun playing basketball."
That was apparent as the Comets defeated host Grove City 51-34 on Jan. 22 for their first win over the Greyhounds.
Edwards scored all eight of her points, including two 3-pointers, in the decisive second quarter. Central Crossing trailed 5-4 after one quarter but burst ahead with 19 points in the second to lead 23-13 at halftime.
"We had good effort and we gave it our all," Edwards said. "It lights a fire under us. We lost some games we really wanted to win, but that happens. We just need to keep working."
Coach Michal Cheney said that performance has become commonplace for Edwards, who continues to gain confidence and had a career-high 22 points in a 60-32 win over Westland on Jan. 11 in OCC-Central Division play.
"Kennedy played varsity as a freshman and never played any j.v.," said Cheney, whose team was 5-12 overall and 2-6 in the league after losing to Marysville 59-38 on Jan. 25. "I have seen her confidence grow. Even last year, she wouldn't shoot the ball. She's so much more confident and that's why she was able to get her 22 points (against Westland). She would have never got that last year."
Edwards admitted to being a little intimidated when she took the court as a freshman. She was scoreless in her opening contest, a 64-27 loss at Ready on Nov. 20, 2015.
"I was so nervous because I was young and going up against big girls," said Edwards, who averaged 8.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists through 16 games this winter. "I was 5-foot-3 like I am now. I had to overcome not playing scared because I really was. It took me through my whole freshman year. As a sophomore, that's when I realized what I needed to do.
"I feel like I'm more confident and I feel like I have taken on more of a leadership role for the team. I feel like a lot of them respect me and want to listen to me. I feel like that has changed over the years. They didn't always want to listen to me when I was a freshman."
A large part of the confidence-boost came from the nurturing of Cheney, who worked to build up Edwards on the court.
"Coach taught me to be more confident and she made me realize how good of a player I was and helped me to reach my potential," Edwards said. "She would see when I got frustrated in games and she would talk me through it. She would see what I was doing well and what I was doing wrong. She would always remind me how much of a difference I make on a team and that helped me realize what I could do."
Edwards will attend Ohio Christian to play soccer along with teammates Brittany Hanson and Maddie Ross.
"I love the school because it's nice and small and I really like the soccer team and the coaches," Edwards said. "I'm going to miss being around my (Central Crossing) teammates. I have made a lot of friends here."
Francek leads swim team in league meet
Zach Francek placed fifth in a pair of events to lead the boys swimming and diving team in the OCC-Central meet Jan. 26 at Upper Arlington.
The senior finished the 200-yard freestyle in 59.08 seconds and the 100 butterfly in 1:01.47. He also was a member of the fourth-place 400 free relay (4:07.92) with Mason Smith, Jack Archer and Will Atkins.
The same four swimmers were on the fifth-place 200 medley relay (2:03.84), and the 200 free relay of Smith, Matt Groom, Archer and Atkins was fifth (1:51.73).
The boys placed fifth (85 points) behind UA (456), Dublin Coffman (291), Hilliard Davidson (243) and Marysville (93). The girls team was fifth (77) behind UA (484), Coffman (340), Marysville (149) and Davidson (78) and ahead of Westland (61).
All three girls relays finished fourth featuring Haylee Howard, Haley Kumfer, Madison Studt and Emma Thompson. The 200 free relay finished in 1:54.02, the 400 free relay had a time of 4:19.07 and the 200 medley relay finished in 2:10.7.
Green leads wrestlers at Rieman Invitational
Omari Green finished second at heavyweight to lead the wrestling team in the 14-team Rieman Invitational on Jan. 26 at Delaware.
Hudson Leapley (132 pounds) was fourth for the Comets, who finished 10th (99) behind champion Coffman (268).
Nathan Vanhouten (195) was fifth, and Shane Baas (170), Abel Garantche (220) and Austin Vazquez (138) all were sixth. Max Webb (195) placed seventh and Patrick Hughes (126) was eighth.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 1 -- Home vs. Hilliard Davidson. The Comets lost to the Wildcats 56-34 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 2 -- Home vs. Hamilton Township
Feb. 5 -- At Reynoldsburg
*Feb. 1 -- At Davidson. The Comets lost to the Wildcats 55-26 on Dec. 21.
Feb. 5 -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg
Jan. 29 -- At Whitehall
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 2 -- Upper Arlington Invitational
Feb. 2 -- Division I, Region 6 team dual tournament at Hilliard Darby