Coach Brian O'Mara is still waiting for his Grandview Heights girls basketball team to click.
The Bobcats, who were 3-4 overall before playing Ready on Dec. 18, have been working to fine-tune their execution on offense.
"We're behind schedule for where we would like to be," O'Mara said. "We're having a hard time playing as a team and carrying out our assignments.
"We have a lot of one-on-one and a lot of people deviating from plays right now. If one person on the floor doesn't run the play, everything falls apart. I'm having a hard time finding five girls who will jell and execute what I'm asking them to do."
Grandview dropped to 1-4 in the MSL-Ohio Division with a 53-36 loss at Bexley on Dec. 14. Hannah Yochem led with 21 points and five 3-pointers and Rachel Hartman had eight points as only four Bobcats scored. Emma Hall and Pelar Price added four and three points, respectively.
"Our strategy (against Bexley) was to pound the ball down low, and they were going to have to foul our (post players) because they can't handle Pelar or Emma one-on-one," O'Mara said. "The girls just didn't do it. We're playing too much one-on-one and not enough team basketball. I'm not sure if it's the youth and inexperience or the personality of the team, but they are having a hard time getting together as a unit."
The Bobcats lost to Whitehall 60-36 on Dec. 9, as the Rams have won their first four MSL-Ohio contests. Yochem led with 19 points and three 3s.
"I think we're better on defense than on offense by far," O'Mara said. "We stand around and watch Hannah. Defensively we're engaged, but offensively we're sometimes more fans of the game than players. We do a little too much watching and not enough doing."
Through seven games, Yochem was averaging a team-high 18.1 points, followed by Hartman (7.1), Hall (3.9) and Price (3.0).
"We have our ups and downs," Price said. "We need to work on our communication and our patience. We have to take our time with our passes and not rush things. We need to be more patient and not have too many turnovers."
The Bobcats have seven freshmen and one sophomore, but only five upperclassmen. O'Mara likes the effort put forth by the underclassmen to learn the ropes.
"We have a good group of kids that work hard," he said. "We have a good group of underclassmen who don't have a lot of experience, but they come in with a good attitude and they try hard. They know they are behind the upperclassmen relative to playing time because we don't have a j.v. team. I'm very pleased with the underclassmen."
Fergusons fare well at Ned Reeb meet
Senior Charlie Ferguson and his sophomore sister, Phoebe Ferguson, led the swimming and diving program in the Ned Reeb Invitational on Dec. 13 and 14 at Ohio State.
Charlie was runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly (52.04 seconds) behind Findlay's Parker Stocker (51.91). He also was 17th in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.71).
He also joined Adam Ellis, Ethan Deis and Blake Yates on the 20th-place 200 freestyle relay (1:42.65) as the boys finished 26th (27 points) behind champion Upper Arlington (459.5) as 35 teams scored.
Phoebe was third in the 200 individual medley (2:10.37) and 17th in the 100 backstroke (1:00.91). She also joined Jada Heren, Sam Schaefer and Annie Volker on the 13th-place 400 free relay (3:47.33) and 20th-place 200 free relay (1:43.23) as the girls finished 21st (42) behind champion UA (383) as 41 teams scored.
Boys team starts strong in MSL-Ohio
Coming off its first loss, the boys basketball team made a statement against MSL-Ohio rival Worthington Christian.
The Bobcats improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the league by defeating the visiting Warriors 66-42 on Dec. 13. Brian Collier scored 23 points and Luke Lachey added 17.
Collier scored 35 and Lachey added 13 as Grandview was edged by host Liberty Union 63-61 on Dec. 10.
Through five games, Collier was averaging 23.2 points, followed by Lachey (15.2) and Aiden Leslie (7.4).
Below are the coming schedules for the Grandview Heights boys basketball, girls basketball and swimming & diving teams:
Dec. 23 -- At Chillicothe Southeastern
*Dec. 20 -- At Wellington
Dec. 21 -- Home vs. Northridge
SWIMMING & DIVING
Dec. 21 -- Mount Vernon Small-School Invitational at Kenyon College