WINTER Update: 12/21
Northwest (3-4, 2-0 in Southwest Ohio Conference) has played a challenging schedule to start with trips to Elder and Wyoming as well as a home game against La Salle. Those are three of the Knight's four losses.
In the conference, Northwest has already beaten Ross and Talawanda. Kobe Brown has resumed his form from last season, averaging 14.9 points per game. Senior guard Jay Harris has been vital with 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Harris is also shooting 55.7 percent from the field.
Little Miami (4-3, 3-1) and Mount Healthy (3-5, 3-1) have each enjoyed strong starts in conference action. But, the Owls got the best of the Panthers on Dec. 11 (in a 52-47 win). Little Miami has beaten Harrison, Talawanda and Edgewood. Mount Healthy, who's only SWOC loss came in overtime to Talawanda, has also beaten Ross and Harrison in the conference. Little Miami's been led by junior Alex Johnson, who's averaging 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
Talawanda (4-4, 2-2) is in the middle of the pack. The Braves lost to Little Miami and Northwest in consecutive games, but rebounded with a tight win over Taylor on the road. In the new year, Talawanda hosts Edgewood (on Jan. 5) before five consecutive conference road games (Jan. 8 at Ross, Jan. 9 at Mt. Healthy, Jan. 15 at Harrison, Jan. 22 at Little Miami and Jan. 29 at Edgewood). Talawanda's Jacob Hiler is leading the conference with 17.9 points per game. His teammate, Jacob Orona, leads the SWOC with 11.5 rebounds per game while also averaging 12.4 points per contest.
Ross (1-7, 1-2) captured its only win Dec. 8 at Edgewood (37-34). The Rams have meetings coming up with Goshen (Dec. 22) and Harrison (Dec. 29) both on the road.
Edgewood (1-5, 0-2) and Harrison (1-4, 0-3) have both struggled to begin the season. Eddie Driskell is fourth in the conference scoring race with 13.3 points per game. Gerald Smith leads the Wildcats with 8.3 points, 2.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.