The Pickerington High School North girls basketball team moved into the driver's seat in the race for an OCC-Ohio Division title Saturday with a 45-42 win over visiting Reynoldsburg.

The Pickerington High School North girls basketball team moved into the driver's seat in the race for an OCC-Ohio Division title Saturday with a 45-42 win over visiting Reynoldsburg.

The Panthers improved to 9-2 in league play and hold a one-game lead over Grove City and Pickerington Central with three league games remaining. Reynoldsburg dropped to 5-4 in OCC-Ohio play.

Jenn Rennell led a balanced scoring attack for the Panthers with 11 points. Brittney Callahan and Kavuna Edwards each added 10.

T''Shera Lucas led the Raiders with 21 points, including 11 of her team's 12 points in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders led 21-20 at the half and 30-28 at the end of the third quarter, but the Panthers went on an 8-1 run to start the fourth quarter and led 36-31 with five minutes to play.

Reynoldsburg tied the score at 36 and the teams traded baskets for the next three minutes. Lucas' basket down low gave the Raiders a 42-40 lead with 90 seconds left.

North then held the Raiders without a field goal for the remainder of the game, while converting five of six free throws down the stretch.

"We made our free throws at the end," North coach Dave Butcher said. "Reynoldsburg has got a solid basketball team. Now we're in a good situation to win the league, but there are no guarantees."

The Panthers return to action Tuesday at Gahanna, and the Raiders will be host to Lancaster the same night.

"It was a great basketball game, either team could have won," Reynoldsburg coach Jack Purtell said. "I'm proud of my kids and how they battled. They got down but couldn't get over the hump in the fourth quarter."