The Christmas break brought a reduced slate of games across central Ohio, but action heats up this week with a slate of post-Christmas classics and tournaments in boys and girls basketball and wrestling across the area. Even with the reduction in games, there were still plenty of events that gained notice.
The Christmas break brought a reduced slate of games across central Ohio, but action heats up this week with a slate of post-Christmas classics and tournaments in boys and girls basketball and wrestling across the area. Even with the reduction in games, there were still plenty of events that gained notice. A coach from Marion County won his 300th game against a county rival, while in Fairfield County, a girls basketball player notched her 1,000 career point.
To find out whom, read on.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Centerburg, boys basketball: Despite missing guard Collin Bumpus with an injury, the Trojans used a 25-point performance from post player Drew Osborne to defeat Cardington-Lincoln 75-63 in a battle of undefeated teams.
Leading 11-5 early, the Centerburg went on a 10-4 run and eventually expanded its lead to 36-17 at halftime.
Brandt Lambert had 16 points and was 7 of 7 on the free throw line for Centerburg and Skyler Simpson added eight rebounds and two steals.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nick Kellogg, DeSales boys basketball: Kellogg poured in a game-high 27 points as DeSales beat Fort Myers (Fla.) 67-61 in the Kissimmee, Fla. Holiday tournament.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
McElroy lands 300th win: Bill McElroy landed his 300th win as a coach as Marion Elgin rolled to a 55-46 win over Marion Pleasant to improve to 6-1 on the season. Taylor Blankenship led Elgin with 13 points, Catlin Haycook had 11 points and eight rebounds and Jordy Ute contributed 10 points, eight assists and four steals in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference contest.
Wyeth hits 1,000: Fairfield Union’s Kaity Wyeth became the third girls basketball player in school history to reach 1,000 career points in a non-league game against New Lexington. Wyeth tallied 25 points as Fairfield Union overcame a 10-point second quarter deficit to win 56-46.
Pickerington North beats out-of-state opponent: The Panthers’ girls basketball team defeated Morgantown (W. Va.) 48-36 in the opening round of its Keybank Holiday Classic. Pickerington North outscored Morgantown 16-8 in the third quarter. Kavunaa Edwards had 16 points for North and Shelby Olszewski added 15.
Jonathan Alder girls continue streak: The Jonathan Alder girls basketball team rolled to its fourth straight victory with a 49-37 win over Lancaster at the Teays Valley Holiday Classic to move to 7-2 on the season. Alder, which forced Lancaster into seven turnovers in the fourth quarter, was led by Brittany Bakenhaster with 20 points. Morgan Plummer had 10 points and Maria Palmer added eight.
Three-point fest: Against a strong post game from Coshocton, the Olentangy Orange boys basketball team went long distance, knocking down nine three-pointers to upend the Redskins 81-74 in the Delaware County classic. Taylor Rieger led the Pioneers with 29 points and Zack Joseph added 21 as Orange outscored Coshocton 19-15 in the final frame.
Miami Trace pulls upset: Led by Ty Leach pouring in 23 points, the Miami Trace boys basketball team handed Madison-Plains its first loss of the season with a 84-69 upset in the McDonald’s Holiday Tournament. Isaiah Carson scored 19 points, Tucker Hughes had 18 and Zac Carson added 11 points in the high scoring contest.
Madison-Plains went to 4-1 overall and Miami Trace , which went on a 20-11 run in the first quarter, improved to 3-5.
Canal stays unbeaten in league: Against archrival Bloom-Carroll, the Canal Winchester used three players hitting double figures to knock off the Bulldogs 67-60 in a Mid-State League Buckeye boys basketball game. Trace Helton scored 23 points for Canal Winchester, Courtland Williams had 18 and Kenny Moore added 15 points. Canal improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in league play.
Defensive intensity: The North Union boys basketball team held Faitbanks scoreless in the third quarter and allowed just six points in the fourth period to land a 52-31 non-league win. The Wildcats improved to 5-1, led by Klarke Ransome with 14 points and five rebounds. Evan Jamison added 11 points.
Brookhaven at Canton McKinley boys basketball, Wednesday at 8 p.m.: The Bearcats are on a grueling post-Christmas trip across northeast Ohio with games last night against Cleveland Benedictine and tonight against McKinley. Brookhaven enters the stretch at 3-1 on the season.
Logan Elm girls basketball at Teays Valley, Saturday at 2:30 p.m.: After winning five games last season, Teays Valley is off to a perfect 7-0 start as of deadline. The Vikings can sweep the first round of games from Pickaway County opponents if they can knock off the 4-2 Braves in an important Mid-State League Buckeye game.
Bishop Watterson boys basketball at Canal Winchester, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: One of the better matchups of the New Year’s weekend as the 6-0 Eagles travel to 5-1 Canal Winchester.
Dublin Coffman at Hilliard Davidson boys basketball, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: An important early season Ohio Capital Conference Central Division game with 6-0 Coffman battling 3-0 Davidson after both schools grabbed area headlines with their football tilts in the fall.
Grove City at Gahanna boys basketball, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.: The 4-2 Greyhounds have a tough OCC Ohio Division game at 6-0 Gahanna.