Angie Lanza made two free throws with 29.1 seconds left as the Hartley High School girls basketball team held off Bexley 37-34 in the second round of the Division II district tournament Tuesday at Olentangy. Hartley had lost its postseason opener the last seven years.

Angie Lanza made two free throws with 29.1 seconds left as the Hartley High School girls basketball team held off Bexley 37-34 in the second round of the Division II district tournament Tuesday at Olentangy. Hartley had lost its postseason opener the last seven years.

"It's a big turning point for us," said Lanza, who scored seven of her 13 points in the final eight minutes. "We lost to Bexley (51-34 in the first round last year). We really wanted this game. We came out and played hard."

The Hawks improved to 12-8 and will play top-seeded Big Walnut or London in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Pickerington North. The Lions finished 9-12.

Lanza made a 3-pointer with 3:04 left to give Hartley a 31-30 lead, its first of the second half. But she missed two free throws, including one that sailed well under the rim, with 46.5 seconds left.

"After she missed those two free throws and Bexley took a timeout, I told her, 'You have to forget about that now,'" said coach Mike Lanza, her father. "You have to have a short memory in athletics, don't you? You make a mistake and you move on."

Alexys Settles scored 12 points for Hartley. Bexley's Ashley Dennis led all scorers with 20 points. Dennis scored seven points in the fourth quarter but missed a running 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"Offensively, we couldn't get anything going," Bexley coach Rick Ferkel said. "I thought we played much better defensively than we did (in a 45-36 loss to Hartley on Dec. 4), but we still gave up some shots we shouldn't have."