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McVey Innovative Learning Center â€“ Meet The Team
Hilliard Darby High School girls basketball coach Brent Bower sees improvement in his team. The Panthers had won nine in a row and were 9-1 before playing Dublin Coffman last Tuesday.They are 4-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division.What makes Bower happiest is the fact that Darby is beginning to limit some of the mistakes that it used to make in the fourth quarter. "Whether it was in a scrimmage or early in the season, we would always have a lapse and that always concerned me," Bower said."Other than (a 57-34 win over Thomas Worthington on Dec. 30), 35 has been the magic number," Bower said. The Wildcats have won only two games, but Bower is not looking ahead. "So far, both times that we played them they have played us tough," he said."Amanda (Himes) has been a great rebounder for us," Bower said.If that is not enough to keep his players motivated, Bower reminds them in practice what's at stake.
Anyone looking to buy Brent Bower a present any time soon might want to consider getting him a blue vest. The Hilliard Darby High School girls basketball coach seems to be fond of them, and has made them part of his game-day attire.Despite wearing one during an 81-78 double-overtime loss to Lancaster in a Division I district semifinal Feb. 25 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum, Bower doesn't plan on changing. "When I don't win with something I change, but I think the vest will have to come back," said Bower, whose team finished 17-6 overall.Bower said the tournament loss was the culmination of a great season, and a door to more success. "It is encouraging and fulfilling to see the kids come together, not just in the big game but through the course of the season," said Bower, who is 53-36 in four seasons at Darby."It's a big notch in the belt for this team.We worked hard to make ourselves a top team.We'll be in a big game again and next time they won't make the same mistakes.We can only benefit from that loss." Stimson provided Bower with solid defense -- the team gave up 40.3 points per game -- and developed into a 3-point threat late in the season, hitting at least one 3-pointer in each of the last five games.Mann, according to Bower, didn't get a lot of minutes but provided intensity and dedication. "We stress defense, and Callie really understood the help-side defense and was a smart player," Bower said."Brogan's future is bright, and what she did against Lancaster, not just in the first quarter but in big moments, was fantastic" Bower said."She is becoming more of an all-around player and her goal is to play at the next level. "Allen improved as much as anybody from being the key that enables us to press from becoming a scorer to a penetrator to being our person we can count on shutting somebody down."I will look anyone in the eye and tell them we're as good as anyone on our schedule," Bower said."We can't sit back and relax, though.We will have to work and get better. "Even when I got back to school (after losing to Lancaster), I was walking down the hallway to get a can of pop and I was wandering what we were going to do in practice the next day." With Lancaster expected to graduate a large portion of its lineup, including Ohio State-signee Stephanie Blanton -- who scored 46 points in the tournament win -- and the Pickerington district adding another school, the Panthers should be strong contenders. "That'll be one of our goals, to win the OCC-Ohio, and one of our goals will be to win a district title," Bower said."When you look at that, there is opportunity and we have to make the most of that because the foundation is set." How long did it take you to dig out from the weekend's winter storm? (Choose one answer)