The Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball team is hoping to wrap up at least a share of its second consecutive OCC-Cardinal Division championship.
The Irish were 13-7 overall and 10-2 in the league before playing Thomas Worthington on Feb. 5. Hilliard Darby also was 10-2 in the league before playing Olentangy Berlin on Feb. 5.
Scioto closes the regular season with an OCC-Cardinal game Friday, Feb. 8, at Hilliard Bradley. That same night, Darby visits Thomas in league play.
Last season, the Irish shared the OCC-Cardinal title with Thomas, as both teams finished 9-3 in the league.
"If we hang on the next two games, then we get to share (the title) again, so considering where we were five years ago, I would take that," coach Jen Music said before the contest against Thomas.
Scioto hasn't won back-to-back league championships since winning five titles in a row from 2005-06 through 2009-10 under then-coach Todd Hardesty. Hardesty stepped down after the 2009-10 season, in which the Irish shared the league title with Olentangy.
Scioto has had balanced scoring this season, led by senior Natalie Hutras, who was averaging a team-best 10.5 points and 3.2 assists through 20 games. Junior Lauren Erickson was averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds and sophomore Karleigh Rothe was averaging 9.1 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds.
Scioto moved closer to a share of the OCC-Cardinal title by holding off Worthington Kilbourne 50-46 on Feb. 1 at home to complete a season sweep of the Wolves. The Irish led 32-9 at halftime before fending off a second-half rally by Kilbourne.
Senior Brianna Jordan and sophomore Ashleigh Rothe each scored 10 points to lead Scioto.
"I was a little nervous at the end, but I felt pretty comfortable with our kids," said Music, whose team also edged the Wolves in the previous matchup, 51-48 on Jan. 4. "The group that we have now, they're used to close games. With the exception of the two Darby games, we've done pretty well and held on in close games."
Scioto lost both league games against Darby, falling 62-59 on Dec. 18 and 63-60 on Jan. 22.
Hutras had 14 points and Karleigh Rothe scored 13 in a 57-52 win over visiting Chillicothe on Feb. 2.
The Irish are seeded 17th of 45 teams in the Division I district tournament and will play host to 22nd-seeded Marysville in the first round Feb. 16.
Boys basketball team looked to end skid
The boys basketball team looked to end a three-game losing streak when it played Thomas on Feb. 5.
The Irish were 9-9 overall and 5-6 in the OCC-Cardinal before facing the Cardinals.
Benjamin Lombardo led Scioto with 14 points and Dapreis Owens and Drew Bryant scored 10 apiece in a 55-52 loss at Kilbourne in a league game Feb. 1.
The Division I district tournament drawing will be held Sunday, Feb. 10.
Hockey team skates past Gahanna
The hockey team posted back-to-back wins last weekend.
Sean McGowan had a hat trick to lead Scioto to a 5-3 win over Gahanna on Feb. 2 at Chiller Easton.
David Loew and Matthew Gast each added a goal, Pete Hrelec had two assists and goaltender Billy Clark had 23 saves against the Lions.
On Feb. 1, Nick Gould and Avery Langworthy both had three goals and Gast scored two in an 11-1 win over Kilbourne at Chiller Dublin.
Scioto was 5-22-1 overall before playing Gahanna on Feb. 6 at Chiller Dublin in a play-in game of the Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament.
The tournament concludes Sunday, Feb. 10.
The Irish finished last of six teams in the Capital Hockey Conference-Blue Division at 2-13 (4 points).
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, gymnastics, hockey, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 8 -- Home vs. Hilliard Bradley. The Irish lost to the Jaguars 46-40 on Jan. 8.
Feb. 12 -- Home vs. Marysville
*Feb. 8 -- At Bradley. The Irish defeated the Jaguars 38-31 on Jan. 8.
Feb. 9 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Thomas Worthington
Feb. 6-10 -- TBA in Blue Jackets Cup consolation tournament
SWIMMING & DIVING
Feb. 9 -- Division I sectional at Kenyon College. The winner of each event and 27 at-large qualifiers in each event based on times from the Central, East and Southeast sectional sites advance to district Feb. 15 at Ohio State. There is no diving at sectional.
*Feb. 7 -- At Thomas
Feb. 9 -- Panther Classic at Rayland Buckeye Local