In his first full game back as a healthy member of the Dublin Jerome High School boys basketball team, Steven Harrell scored 19 points to lead the Celtics past Central Crossing 55-47 in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Wednesday at Jonathan Alder.

In his first full game back as a healthy member of the Dublin Jerome High School boys basketball team, Steven Harrell scored 19 points to lead the Celtics past Central Crossing 55-47 in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Wednesday at Jonathan Alder.

Jerome improved to 5-16 and advances to play top-seeded Northland on Saturday at Jonathan Alder.

Central Crossing finished at 11-10. Harrell hyperextended a knee two minutes into a win over Marysville 46-42 on Feb. 6 and missed the next two games and saw brief action in the final two regular-season games. Jerome lost all four games.

"He's a competitive player and wanted to give it his all," Jerome coach Chris Carlisle said. "He pushed through the pain and the agony. It paid dividends. He's important to us because we play a lot of young players, and he's of a few that has experience."

After scoring two first-half points, Harrell scored nine of his team's 12 points in the third quarter. Central Crossing tied the game at 43 with 3 minutes, 34 seconds remaining before Harrell scored eight of Jerome's final 10 points.

"This win was huge," Harrell said. "We were able to shut down the Barnes brothers and then get the ball inside and pound it down their throats."

Bryce Barnes and ShaJuan Grace combined for 41 of the Comets' 47 points, and starters Max McDonald and Blake Barnes were held scoreless.

"We had two starters not score and had one point off the bench," coach Chris Barnes said. "We told our players 55 points and above we win, 55 or below and it's a toss up. We average about 68 points a game."

Nick Neal and Cam Wilson scored 10 points apiece for Jerome who had lost 10 of its last 11 games entering the district tournament.

"We've had had leads in games that we've lost and not been able to answer," Carlisle said. "(Against Central Crossing) we were able to answer. This is a bit of a maturation process for our young people."