BEXLEY, BROOKHAVEN, GAHANNA, INDEPENDENCE

•Where: Gahanna Lincoln
•When: Monday - 6 p.m.: Bexley vs. Brookhaven; 7:30 p.m.: Gahanna vs. Independence; Tuesday - 6 p.m.: Consolation game; 7:30 p.m.: Championship
•Average points scored/allowed: Bexley (49.8/52.3), Brookhaven (63.5/33.7), Gahanna (48.5/36.8), Independence (53.5/61.5)
•Bexley (2-4) key players: Rebecca Carroll, Ashley Dennis, Kylee Soga, Danielle Van Bibber and Lily Watson
•Brookhaven (3-1) key players: Datona Ball, Travecia Franklin, Brianna Holmes, Lorraine Levels, Jourdan Stanhope
•Gahanna (5-1) key players: Lauren Arnett, Brianna Cain, Tiyona Marshall, Jill O'Donnell, Haley Schmitt, Jendy Weppler
•Independence (2-4) key players: Kiyanna Black, Stephanie Jones, Daisha Kimble, Brittany Morgan and Jodeci White
•Key matchups: This tournament has the same first-round matchups as last year, when Gahanna beat Independence 75-47 and Brookhaven downed Bexley 74-55.


In the Gahanna-Independence rematch, the biggest factor could be how 76ers' sophomore post player Stephanie Jones handles Gahanna junior Haley Schmitt. While both players are about 5-foot-11, Schmitt has had the more consistent impact, averaging 14 points and double figures in rebounds.

The most important battle in the Brookhaven-Bexley rematch will center around how the Bearcats defend Lions senior Ashley Dennis. A Stetson University-signee who plays guard despite being 6-0, Dennis had 16 points in the matchup last year but had a much stronger cast surrounding her.

•Bexley wins the title if it can find offensive contributions from other players besides Dennis. In a 63-58 overtime loss to Newark Catholic on Dec. 16, Dennis had 27 points and Rebecca Carroll added 13 but no other players scored more than six.

•Brookhaven wins the title if its young players show more discipline. The Bearcats are two-time defending City League-North Division champions but opened the league schedule with a 47-45 loss to Northland on Dec. 16 and has a relatively inexperienced team after graduating Da'Keisha Mann. Levels, a post player, battled foul trouble against Northland and Stanhope, her backup, has been battling an injury. "We're going to have to play fundamental basketball," coach Reggie Lee said. "We're not really worrying a whole lot about our competition because we know there are things we have to do."

•Gahanna wins the title if it can keep pace with the athleticism of the City League teams. The Lions have continued to find contributors from throughout their bench despite having an almost entirely new lineup around Schmitt and sophomore guard Tiyona Marshall. The steady play of Jendy Weppler and Jill O'Donnell also have helped. "We'll have to play well against teams that are more athletic than us," coach Rick Hauser said. "If we turn the ball over, it will be tough."

•Independence wins the title if it has several players contribute offensively in addition to White, who is the only returning player among the four teams to make the all-tournament team last year. The 76ers have three other seniors but little overall experience.