Whenever coach Neil Hohman asks a question during practice, he knows which members of the Central Crossing boys basketball team will have the answer.
Logan Green and Devon Miller have been on varsity for three seasons and have started for two. Hohman said the two seniors lead the Comets in their own way: Green on the perimeter and Miller in the post.
The 6-foot-6 Miller entered the week averaging team highs of 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Comets, who were 4-16 overall before playing Olentangy Orange on Feb. 11.
Green, a 6-0 guard, was averaging 8.0 points.
"They both have been on varsity for three years and have played a lot for the last two," Hohman said. " If anyone has a question, they know what we want to do philosophy-wise or play-wise. It's good to have players like that around.
"Logan has done a great job on offense in our philosophy of moving the ball. He has been moving the ball to the backside instead of shooting. That's much more effective for Devon if we can move the ball around to get it to him instead of just throwing it in there where he's standing."
Green played quarterback for the football team last fall, completing 40 of 89 passes for 554 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions.
Playing in the backcourt is like being a quarterback because "you have control of everything and everything happens around you," Green said. "It can be good, or it can be bad. If you throw an interception then that's on you. If you throw a touchdown that's on you, too."
Miller doesn't play other sports, but he has a football mentality when he crashes the boards.
"My game is on the inside, but I do some outside, too," he said. "I help out a lot with rebounding. I'm one of the bigger guys on the team, so it's not just scoring but also defending on the inside. I have to be a body inside. Since I have more experience, I have to help out in every area I can."
Miller dressed for varsity as a sophomore but did not see much action until his junior year. That transition involved a learning process.
"I started and played a lot and tried to get used to things," he said. "I made a lot of mistakes early, jumping up from j.v. The speed (of the game) was a big difference.
"I tried to do what I could to help the team and find out what I could do, which is scoring down low and rebounding. That's what I've built on for the last year. I also have been working some on my outside game."
Green said Hohman has helped him become more of a complete player.
"When I came in from middle school, I was strictly a scorer, scoring 25 or 30 points a game," Green said. "Every time I got the ball, I would shoot it. (Hohman) showed me there's more to the game than that."
The Comets lost to Dublin Coffman 77-52 on Feb. 7 to drop to 3-6 in OCC-Central Division play. Jander Garcia had 18 points, Miller scored eight and Green added seven.
Central Crossing is seeded 41st for the Division I district tournament and plays a first-round game Feb. 22 at second-seeded Hilliard Bradley.
"When Devon is getting rebounds and scoring in the post, it makes our team completely different," Hohman said. "He gives the guys a lot of confidence in themselves, because when he's scoring and drawing double-teams that opens things up for everyone else as well.
"We look to Logan for leadership and to control the ball. He's a go-to guy to make some shots and also as a guy who won't make mistakes when he gets the ball. He's aggressive and if he makes mistakes, he makes good, aggressive mistakes."
Howard leads swimmers at sectional
Haylee Howard led the girls swimming team in a Division I sectional Feb. 8 at Upper Arlington.
The sophomore was the program's lone individual to qualify for district Thursday, Feb. 13, at Ohio State. She is seeded 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle after finishing eighth at sectional in 25.41 seconds.
The girls finished sixth (62 points) of 12 teams at sectional behind champion UA (403) by qualifying all three relays for district.
The 200 free relay (1:50.61) is seeded 23rd after Haley Kumfer, Emma Thompson, Madison Studt and Howard finished fifth at sectional. The same four comprised the sixth-place 400 free relay (4:03.86) and seventh-place 200 medley relay (2:05.05), both of which are seeded 27th at district.
The boys also qualified all three relays for district as they finished 10th (51) of 11 teams at sectional behind champion UA (467).
The fourth-place 400 free relay (3:42.85) of Mason Smith, Jacob Archer, Matt Groom and Mitchel Smith is seeded 22nd at district. The same four swimmers were on the seventh-place 200 free relay (1:41.56, 28th seed) and 200 medley relay (1:59.1, 30th seed).
At district, the top two placers in each swimming event automatically advance to state Feb. 20 and 21 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. In addition, 16 at-large state berths will be awarded in each event based on district times statewide.
Cox surpasses Barnes in career scoring mark
Haley Cox became the career scoring leader for both the boys and girls basketball programs with a 17-point effort Feb. 7 in a 58-27 loss to Coffman.
The 5-7 senior guard has 1,190 points, surpassing the 1,188 that 2009 graduate Bryce Barnes scored for the boys program.
The Comets finished 2-8 in the OCC-Central and are 4-18 overall. They are seeded 41st for the Division I district tournament and open Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12th-seeded Olentangy Liberty, with the winner playing 20th-seeded Independence on Feb. 21 in the second round.
Lowe to play football at Tiffin
Senior Anthony Lowe has committed to play football at Tiffin.
Below are the coming schedules for the Central Crossing boys basketball and wrestling teams:
*Feb. 7 -- Home vs. Westland. The Comets defeated the Cougars 55-47 on Jan. 10.
*Feb. 13 -- Home vs. Marysville
Feb. 15 -- Canal Winchester Invitational