Coach Ray Corbett watched as his Grandview Heights High School boys basketball team was schooled by Columbus Academy in the final minutes of a 48-43 loss Feb. 8.
The Bobcats had a 36-28 lead with 5 minutes, 54 seconds remaining but were outscored 20-7 down the stretch. Corbett hopes his team can learn from the setback, which bumped it from contention for the MSL-Ohio Division championship.
"It was a tournament-style game," said Corbett, whose team dropped to 3-4 in the league and was 11-6 overall before playing Franklin Heights on Feb. 12. "We played in a tough game, but we have to learn from it. If this is what happens and we learn from it and we're able to move on and get better then that's a good thing.
"We had our chances, but we missed free throws, we missed free-throw block-outs and let them get to the bucket. The things we did for three and a half quarters, we didn't do for the last three or four minutes."
The Bobcats had been playing well before their late collapse against the Vikings. They had won five of their last seven games before playing Franklin Heights.
"In the last couple weeks, we just got Luke (Lachey) back from mono and Aaron (Cincione) back from (a back) injury, so it was pretty hard at the start (of the season), but we have started to pick things up down the stretch," senior guard Manny Day said. "Academy is really good, and that game could have gone either way. It was a really good game.
"This game will definitely help us for the tournament. They are definitely a good team and will prepare us for the postseason. There's a good chance we could see them again in the tournament."
Grandview is seeded sixth for the Division III district tournament behind top-seeded Harvest Prep while Academy is seeded fourth. The Bobcats play host to 18th-seeded Heath on Feb. 25 in a first-round game.
Against Academy, the Bobcats trailed 14-6 after one quarter but limited the Vikings to two points in the second and led 18-16 at halftime. They were up 32-26 after three quarters.
"I think we're naturally a better team pushing the ball up the court, but (the Vikings) are an outstanding defensive team and they were able to get back and make it difficult on us," Corbett said. "We didn't go strong to the hole, and we shied away from contact and they didn't.
"That's us. We either need to show up and be difficult in the paint and when we attack the bucket or we're not. The other stuff doesn't matter. We didn't get it done, and we need to."
Brian Collier had 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first half and Lachey added 10 points.
Academy leads the league at 5-2, ahead of Worthington Christian (4-3), Whitehall (3-3) and Grandview.
"I'm not a big fan of moral victories, but I guess it can be a good thing to have happen if you learn from it," Corbett said. "But this is the time of the year when you should be finishing instead of having moral victories."
Girls swimmers take sectional title at UA
The girls swimming team advanced seven individuals and all three relays to the Division II district meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at Ohio State while winning a sectional title Feb. 9 at Upper Arlington.
Boosted by wins in all three relays, the Bobcats scored 401 points to easily outdistance runner-up Wellington (261) in the three-team sectional.
The 200-yard freestyle relay of Annie Volker, Martina Moncolova, Adelle Bechtel and Phoebe Ferguson finished in 1 minute, 43.99 seconds, and the 400 free relay went 3:50.05 with the same four swimmers. The 200 medley relay of Sam Schaefer, Katherine Taylor, Nina Burchfield and Meghan Watters finished in 2:03.43.
Ferguson won the 200 individual medley (2:12.41) and 500 free (5:30.53), Bechtel was first in the 50 free (25.73) and 100 free (57.38) and Volker was first in the 100 backstroke (1:02.18) and 200 free (2:02.76). They'll be joined at district by Burchfield (100 back, 200 free), Moncolova (50 free, 100 free), Schaefer (100 back, 100 free) and Watters (50 free, 100 free).
The boys squad advanced four individuals and two relays to district as it finished second (195) of four teams at sectional behind Wellington (301).
Charlie Ferguson won the 100 butterfly (54.29) and 200 IM (2:02.66) and is seeded first and second, respectively, at district. Bryan Gilleland won the 100 back (1:04.36).
Ferguson, Patrick Rowland, Adam Ellis and Gilleland were on the winning 200 free relay (1:40.65) and 400 free relay (3:34.26).
Ellis also advanced in the 100 back and 200 free, and Rowland moved on in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.
At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to state Feb. 21 and 22 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each event based on district times statewide. The Bobcats have no divers.
Girls basketball team to begin district play
The girls basketball team was 6-12 overall and 1-5 in the MSL-Ohio before playing Bexley on Feb. 11.
The Bobcats close the regular season Friday, Feb. 15, at home against Whitehall, which won the first-round league matchup 51-44 on Dec. 15.
Seeded 12th for the Division III district tournament, the Bobcats open Tuesday, Feb. 19, at home against 14th-seeded Liberty Union. The Lions are 5-17 and did not play Grandview this season.
The winner plays host to 18th-seeded Centerburg on Feb. 23 in the second round.
Wrestlers prepare for MSL-Ohio tourney
The wrestling team competes in the MSL-Ohio tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, at Whitehall.
Hudson Jump, who now competes at 220 pounds, won the league title at 195 last season for the third year in a row. He also earned his second consecutive MSL-Ohio Most Valuable Wrestler honor as the Bobcats finished fourth (133) of five teams behind champion Bexley (195).
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball and bowling teams:
Feb. 14 -- Home vs. Washington Court House
Feb. 16 -- Home vs. Utica
*Feb. 19 -- At Whitehall. The Bobcats defeated the Rams 60-52 on Dec. 22.
Feb. 15 -- Division II girls sectional at HP Lanes. The top 12 teams and top 12 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Feb. 21 at HP Lanes.
Feb. 16 -- Division II boys sectional at HP Lanes. The top 12 teams and top 12 individuals not on qualifying teams advance to district Feb. 21 at HP Lanes.