Lindsey Kell scored a career-high 16 points as the Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball team improved to 7-1 overall with a 56-43 win Tuesday at Hilliard Darby.

Lindsey Kell scored a career-high 16 points as the Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball team improved to 7-1 overall with a 56-43 win Tuesday at Hilliard Darby.

One of three Irish players in double figures, Kell scored eight points in the fourth quarter when the Panthers cut the lead to 10 with about 2 minutes, 20 seconds left. Brandi Gorniak led the way with 17 and Kesi Hess added 13.

"In the first half, they were really good at boxing me out," Kell said. "In the second half, I worked hard at getting around them. We talked a lot about that at halftime and I knew I had to do a better job for my team."

Scioto entered the game without starter Katie Papesh, who was out with a viral infection.

Senior Danielle Miller got her first career start, but went to the hospital after taking an elbow to the nose late in the third quarter.

"Considering a starter and your sixth man are both out for the last 10 or 11 minutes of the game, some people had to step up and they did," Scioto coach Todd Hardesty said. "We were a much focused basketball team and
had memories of this early loss last year."

Darby, which dropped to 4-3 overall, defeated the Irish a year ago 48-42.

Shanee` Jackson led the Panthers with 11 points. Alivia Nikolaus added 10, including two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

The Irish led by as many as 16 twice in the second half.

"I was disappointed in our energy and enthusiasm," Darby coach Chris Maul said. "We talked at the half about being down 10 (29-19) with poor shot selection and a number of turnovers. We wanted to come out and play
basketball, but we just had too many mental mistakes."