With hopes of winning the OCC-Cardinal Division title fading, the Dublin Scioto girls basketball team has turned its attention to its next goal.
The Irish were 12-5 overall before playing Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 28 and are 7-4 in the league. Their league championship hopes took a major hit with a 47-41 overtime loss to visiting Delaware on Jan. 24.
"We just have to continue to move forward and think about the (Division I district) tournament," coach Jen Music said. "We have to continue to get better, and they have to stick together as a team and play for each other."
The tournament draw will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, with first-round games beginning Feb. 15.
The Irish controlled play for most of the game against Delaware, leading by as many as 12 points in the third quarter. After Lauren Erickson's 3-pointer gave Scioto a 35-31 lead with 45 seconds remaining, the Pacers answered.
Chloe Jeffers' 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining forced overtime and Delaware then outscored Scioto 11-5 in overtime. The Pacers never trailed in the extra session.
Erickson and Karleigh Rothe each scored 11 points to lead the Irish, who had defeated the Pacers 56-36 on Dec. 10.
"We missed some key free throws that if we would have hit them, it would have spread the lead a little bit, and just turning the ball over," Music said of keys to the loss in the rematch.
Scioto will look to its senior leaders, including Erickson, to help get back on track.
"Coach said she knows that we can do a lot better and we definitely didn't play to our full potential," Erickson said. "We all know that. Defense is one of the main parts of our team and we really rely on our defense for a lot of stuff. ... I have to try to keep (the team) in good spirits. We all mesh pretty well."
With three league games remaining, the Irish trail league-leading Hilliard Bradley (10-1) by three games and Worthington Kilbourne (9-2) by two.
"We talked about that a little bit," Music said of the team's title chances. "Now our next sight is just finishing the regular season strong and get a good seed in the tournament."
Through 17 games, Erickson was averaging a team-best 12.8 points, followed by Ashleigh Rothe (7.9) and Karleigh Rothe (7.4).
Boys basketball team hoped to bounce back
The boys basketball team was 9-6 overall before playing Marysville on Jan. 28.
The Irish entered the game looking to bounce back from a 61-45 loss at Delaware on Jan. 24. The loss dropped Scioto to 6-4 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Jaydon Pearson had a team-high 14 points against the Pacers, followed by Jayden Prince with 12 and Benjamin Lombardo with 11.
Scioto had defeated Delaware 39-27 on Dec. 10.
The Irish beat host Hilliard Darby 40-38 in a league game Jan. 21 as Drew Bryant converted a three-point play with less than a second remaining.
Prince had 16 points and Bryant scored 10 to lead Scioto, which closed the game on a 17-2 run.
Wenzel leads boys swimmers at OCCs
Colson Wenzel led the boys swimming and diving team in the OCC-Cardinal meet Jan. 26 at Kenyon College, winning the 50-yard freestyle (21.5 seconds) and finishing second in the 100 free (48.67).
The 400 free relay of Wenzel, Ian MacLaughlin, David Perry and Marko Gjurevski placed fourth (3:34.77), as the Irish finished sixth (179.5 points) behind Jerome (543.5), Darby (328), Olentangy Berlin (257), Thomas Worthington (240) and Delaware (180) and ahead of Kilbourne (168) and Bradley (69).
The 200 free relay of Lauren Perry, Mary Stancil, Abby Ng and Madeline Liston placed fifth (1:54.5) to lead the girls team, which finished eighth (54) behind Jerome (499), Berlin (361), Delaware (315), Kilbourne (273), Thomas (185), Bradley (157) and Darby (145).
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, gymnastics and wrestling teams:
*Jan. 31 -- Home vs. Worthington Kilbourne. The Irish lost to the Wolves 56-45 on Jan. 3.
*Feb. 4 -- At Thomas Worthington. The Irish lost to the Cardinals 58-35 on Dec. 20.
*Jan. 31 -- At Kilbourne. The Irish lost to the Wolves 57-46 on Jan. 3.
*Feb. 4 -- Home vs. Thomas. The Irish defeated the Cardinals 43-25 on Dec. 20.
*Jan. 30 -- Pickerington Central at Sawmill Lanes
Feb. 4 -- At Coffman with Marysville, *Olentangy Berlin, Jerome and *Thomas
*Jan. 30 -- Home vs. Thomas
Feb. 1 -- Rieman Invitational at Delaware