The Big Walnut High School girls basketball team didn't look like the top seed in the Division II district tournament, at least not early on in its second-round matchup against London on Tuesday at Olentangy.

The Big Walnut High School girls basketball team didn't look like the top seed in the Division II district tournament, at least not early on in its second-round matchup against London on Tuesday at Olentangy.

However, the Golden Eagles, playing their first game in 12 days after having a first-round bye, were able to overcome their sluggish start to post a 41-33 win.

Big Walnut improved to 17-4 and advanced to play eighth-seeded Hartley in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Pickerington North. London, which had beaten Centennial 22-20 in the first round Feb. 18, finished 9-13.

Big Walnut trailed 12-6 after the first quarter. A big reason was the defensive play of London's 6-foot-4 post player Rachel Wolverton.

"Wehad a few shots blocked, and then we got a bit tentative," Big Walnut coach Bob Scott said. "Until you play against someone that tall, you really don't understand that. If you take it inside against her, she's going to block the shot. It took us a little while to figure that out."

"At first everyone was like, 'Whoa, she's really tall,'" Golden Eagles guard Amanda Chucta said. "We knew she was tall, but she was really big. I think that scared a couple of us at first, just the shock of it. But we got over it."

Big Walnut began to turn the game in its favor in the second quarter, outscoring London 8-0 to take a 14-12 halftime lead. The Golden Eagles made some adjustments at the half and took control of the contest in the third quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders 20-10 to open a 12-point lead.

London would get no closer than eight points in the fourth quarter.

"They wanted to slow the game down, but we told the girls that we need to run up and down the court," Scott said. "We need to push them and press them. In the second half, we got the tempo a little more to our liking. And then we started getting stuff inside finally when we got (Wolverton) pulled away from the basket."

Chucta and guard Jessi Tutorow each scored nine points to lead Big Walnut. Guard Mary Konkus had 13 points to pace London. Wolverton, the Red Raiders' leading scorer averaging 12 points, was held scoreless.

"That was a big factor," London assistant coach Irish Dorris said. "If she would have scored her normal, 15 or 16 points, I think it would've made a big difference in the outcome of the ballgame."