Coach Jacob Daniel saw both ends of the spectrum with his St. Charles basketball team in the Division I district tournament.
After defeating 25th-seeded Big Walnut 47-28 on Feb. 22, cold shooting got the best of the 12th-seeded Cardinals on Feb. 28 in the second round, as they fell to 18th-seeded Delaware 49-30.
St. Charles was 2-for-19 on 3-point attempts against the Pacers. They shot 3-for-13 from the field in the second half and went 12-for-39 in the game.
"When we played Big Walnut, (the Golden Eagles) couldn't throw the ball in the ocean and the basketball gods evened things up (against Delaware)," said Daniel, whose team finished 18-6 overall. "You'll have nights like that. We scored 31 points in the first quarter against Watterson (in a 72-32 win Dec. 13) and only scored 30 tonight."
Senior center Vic Searls led with eight points, and senior guard Spencer Martin and freshman forward Chase Walker both scored six.
The Cardinals had their home games in the first two rounds moved to Pickerington North because their home court is only 45 feet, 7 inches wide and the floor needs to be 50 feet in width.
"That wasn't a problem at all," said Daniel, who completed his 11th season. "To me the thing with that is that it's too bad for the St. Charles community. The guys worked hard to get two home games and bring the community out.
"People talk about a wider court, but we play better on a wider court. Most of our losses have been at home over the past couple of years. It was funny that the big OCC schools didn't want to play at our place. I was happy to go play on a wider court."
The Cardinals won the CCL championship at 7-1. It was their fourth title in six seasons and the program's 20th overall.
St. Charles loses only two seniors in Martin (honorable mention all-district, second-team all-league) and Searls (second-team all-district, first-team all-league). Searls is an Ashland recruit.
"We have a lot of young kids, but our two seniors will be tough to replace," Daniel said. "(Searls) led the area in field-goal percentage (73.7 percent) and (Martin) led the area in 3-point shooting (50.0), and both were (program) records for us. You can't replace that."
The Cardinals expect to return their sophomore backcourt, which features a pair of two-year starters in shooting guard Jared Frey (honorable mention all-district, first-team all-league) and point guard Doogie James (second-team all-league).
Sophomore forward Juan Reeder also started with junior forward Ryan Utt, sophomore forward Isaiah Wilkins and Walker coming off the bench.
Sophomore forward Josh Whiteside, a transfer from Gahanna, played the first 11 games but had to sit out the remainder of the season because of OHSAA rules.
"I learned that I have to appreciate the time I'm there," Whiteside said. "I have to have a really strong offseason and be ready to go next season. We have a good team with a lot of freshmen and sophomores. We have to build on that and come together as a team."
Hockey team falls in district quarterfinal
The second-seeded hockey team lost to sixth-seeded Olentangy Orange 4-1 on Feb. 29 in a district quarterfinal.
Owen Zimmerman scored and Niko Fallieras had the assist for the Cardinals, who finished 23-9-3-1.
Diego Pitones had two goals and one assist as St. Charles opened the postseason by defeating 18th-seeded Columbus Academy 8-3 on Feb. 23 in the second round.