By Michael Rich
There’s simply no way to put it, but bluntly: the Olentangy girls basketball team opened OCC-Capital play with an 89-13 route over host Delaware Hayes Tuesday night.
Olentangy coach John Feasel said afterward that he knows what Pacers coach Jim Morgan is going through.
“This is where we started 13 years ago with our program,” Feasel said. “(Coach Morgan) will do a good job. They’ll get better as they go along. This was exactly what we were like 13 years ago.”
Morgan, who has built winning basketball programs in the past, can admire what Feasel has done at Olentangy.
“I remember what the Olentangy program was like,” he said. “He’s done a great job getting that program built up — he’s got girls playing in the offseason. That’s the direction we’ve got to go. We’re not ready for that competition.”
Morgan rebuilt the program at New Albany, which he said was in much worse shape than Hayes is right now.
“We just have to keep working,” he said. “To face that level of competition, we’ve got to be really good … we’re not there yet. We’re gonna get there.”
“He’ll get it done,” Feasel added. “It takes work and this doesn’t happen overnight.”
Allison Raiff did a little bit of everything for Olentangy (1-1, 1-0 OCC), scoring eight points and adding six assists, six steals and four rebounds.
“She had a rough game the first game,” Feasel said. “She’s been through a lot of games and she’s solid (overall) — she can play. She killed it tonight. She handles the ball and gets us where we’re supposed to go.”
Kelly Meade and Molly Delaney scored 10 points each to help Olentangy take a 36-3 lead at the end of one. Delaney finished with 15 points and Meade had 13.
“I do like the fact that we shot the ball better tonight,” Feasel said. “If we can start shooting the ball better, we’re going to be a tough team to deal with for anybody.”
Celeste Clark contributed 14 points and hit four three-pointers for Olentangy.
“Celeste can shoot it,” Feasel said.
Brandy Bauer led Hayes (1-1, 0-1) with six points.
The win gives Olentangy 15 consecutive league wins dating back to Feb. 10, 2013.
Both teams have a long lay-off between games, but are back in action Dec. 4 against league foes. Olentangy visits Big Walnut and the Pacers travel to Worthington Kilbourne.
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