Once guard Abbie Corbett helped loosen up the opposing defense, the Utica High School girls basketball team began having better success attacking Worthington Christian's strength while posting a 47-29 victory in a Division II tournament game Wednesday at Delaware.

Once guard Abbie Corbett helped loosen up the opposing defense, the Utica High School girls basketball team began having better success attacking Worthington Christian's strength while posting a 47-29 victory in a Division II tournament game Wednesday at Delaware.

"We knew they had (a) height (advantage), but we felt like our kids were maybe a little stronger," Redskins' coach Michelle Snow said. "Early on in the game we played well, too, but we hurt ourselves with some mistakes."

Tied at 9-all early in the second quarter, Tamra Londot scored on a free throw and Tricia Harvey added a basket falling in the lane to ignite a 17-6 run that gave the Redskins a 26-15 lead at the half. Londot had six points and Harvey five during the spurt, and both post players scored on put-backs. Corbett's 3-pointers from the left corner and right wing made it 18-9 and helped force the Warriors to extend their defense.

"Those were big shots," Harvey said. "One of our goals was to box out, and to do that against their big girls took a great effort."

The MBC-champion Redskins, who held a 27-19 rebounding advantage, improved to 19-3 with a ninth consecutive victory while advancing to play Fairbanks in a lower-bracket district semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Olentangy Liberty. The Warriors, who got 23 points from sophomore post Caitlin Kusan, finished 4-17.

"Utica's a tough team. They've got talent in certain spots and took advantage of it," Worthington Christian coach Tim Kusan said. "But I'm so proud of our girls. We start three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior. This is the kind of game that really motivates you going into the offseason."

Harvey finished with 17 points and seven rebounds for Utica, which istrying to win its first district title since 1997. Corbett scored 11 points for the Redskins, who led by as many as 24 in the second half, and Londot added seven points with six rebounds.