The Centennial girls basketball team has put itself in a good position a little past the season's midpoint.
The Stars were 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the City League-North Division before playing East on Jan. 14. That was a rematch of a game Centennial won 54-33 on Dec. 6.
Entering the week, Northland led the league at 8-0, followed by Beechcroft (7-1) and Centennial. After losing to Beechcroft 51-39 on Dec. 10, the Stars play host to the Cougars on Friday, Jan. 17.
Centennial's three seniors -- 5-foot-8 forward Naa Dromo Korley, 5-5 guard Jayana Harley and 5-8 forward Tyler Johnson -- have led the way and have lived up to their senior billing, according to coach Pete Baumann.
Through 12 games, Korley was averaging 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. Johnson was averaging 9.5 points while shooting 55 percent from 3-point range, and Harley was averaging 7.4 points while shooting 44 percent on 3s.
"We knew we were going to rely on them, and they have stepped up to the challenge and have done a really good job for us," Baumann said.
Johnson had 20 points, Harley scored 11 and Korley added nine in a 61-43 league win at Mifflin on Jan. 10. The Stars led 16-0 after the first quarter.
Centennial also beat visiting International 63-33 in league play Jan. 7 as Amari Scott scored 16 points and Korley added 12. The Stars led 17-4 after one quarter and 39-11 at halftime.
Harley said the team is in sync and has worked hard during practice throughout the season.
"I think we've done a good job working together as a team and playing hard in practice," she said. "Us just playing together, what's a team without playing with each other?"
The Stars are without 5-8 sophomore forward Z'niya Peterson, who suffered a knee injury in the first matchup against East and recently was diagnosed with a torn ACL.
On the defensive side of the ball, Baumann said the Stars need to work on their communication.
"We have to do a better job communicating on defense," he said. "We're really good in the short possession, but when we're having to play defense for 15 to 20 seconds then we tend to get ourselves a little mixed up. So we have to do a better job communicating there."
Bowlers enjoying strong season
The boys bowling team is out to a strong start at 5-1 in the COHSBC-C, trailing Briggs (7-0), Teays Valley (7-0) and Northland (6-1) entering the week.
The Stars, who faced Northland on Jan. 15, have defeated Columbus Academy (2,084-1,628 on Dec. 2), Bexley (1,969-1,509 on Dec. 9), International (2,111-1,427 on Jan. 6), South (1,783-1,539 on Jan. 7) and Haugland Learning Center (2,000-1,565 on Jan. 9). They lost to Worthington Christian 2,094-2,004 on Dec. 4.
"It's been a great season," coach Brian Hamilton said.
Senior A.J. Grumbling was leading the Stars with a 181.8 average through six matches, followed by senior Joe Thies at 179.7.
"We're hoping to make (the City roll-off tournament) this year, and in order to do that, we have to keep up with Northland and Briggs," Hamilton said.
Led by junior Kylie Criss-inger-Acuna (154.2 average) and senior Izabelle Segovia (153.7), the girls team entered the week at 4-1 in the COHSBC-C.
Stars seeking new coaches
The athletics department is seeking candidates to lead the boys track and field and girls lacrosse teams and an assistant baseball coach.
"We're looking for previous coaching experience, anyone that's good with working with kids, good fundamentals and good backgrounds," athletics director Lucas Tuggle said.
Darrin Green left after five seasons as boys track coach to coach high-jumpers at Pickerington Central, while Brittani Lewis resigned after leading the girls lacrosse team for one season.
The assistant baseball position has been vacant since last year when Brian Knisley left to become the head coach at Beechcroft.