The Delaware Hayes High School girls basketball team continues to eliminate the doubting Thomases.

The Delaware Hayes High School girls basketball team continues to eliminate the doubting Thomases.

The second-seeded Pacers proved a point by blitzing Thomas Worthington 75-40 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Wednesday at Dublin Jerome.

Delaware improved to 22-0 and will play in a district semifinal Tuesday at Olentangy Orange against sixth-seeded Pickerington North or Briggs. Those teams play Thursday.

Thomas had lost to Delaware only 58-54 on Jan. 10 and that gave the Cardinals hope entering the tournament contest. But the Pacers were way too big and played a considerably sharper game in the rematch, as the Cardinals finished 8-13.

"We struggled against (Thomas) the last time we played them, so that made us a little nervous going in," Delaware coach Erin Fragale said. "So it was really important for us to come out strong and show them we didn't play our game the last time."

Delaware dominated in rebounding 40-17 and displayed much crisper passing, as it totaled 18 assists on its 28 field goals. The Pacers also scored five baskets on putbacks.

Post player Makeda Matthews led Delaware in points (19), rebounds (12) and assists (7). Brittany Skeens had 15 points and six assists and Caroline Welker had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Anasa Matthews contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.

"I knew I had to step up my game because my first (tournament) game I didnt play well," said Welker, a sophomore. "I really tried to step up on both defense and offense."

Delaware hit Thomas with a 10-0 start and led 17-5 after one quarter. The Cardinals responded with their lone run of the contest to pull within 22-18 with just over three minutes left before half. But the Pacers followed with 11-0 spurt to lead 33-18 at intermission.

"We picked up our defensive intensity, rebounded better and started to attack and make some more of our shots," Thomas coach Laurie Barr said. "Then we kind of went away from what got us back in the game, but that's a tribute to Delaware. They made adjustments and turned it right back on. They're a great team."

The score was 57-30 after three quarters.

Erika Rousculp had 12 points for Thomas and Natalie Carroll added 10.