Despite being without its leading scorer and rebounder, the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball advanced to a Division I district semifinal with a 56-37 win over Olentangy on Thursday at Hilliard Davidson.

Despite being without its leading scorer and rebounder, the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball advanced to a Division I district semifinal with a 56-37 win over Olentangy on Thursday at Hilliard Davidson.

After scoring 15 points to help her team win 49-23 over Teays Valley on Feb. 18, Lions junior post player Haley Schmitt had to have her appendix taken out the next day. She likely won't play Wednesday when the Lions face top-seeded Dublin Coffman at Olentangy Orange.

Jill O'Donnell responded with a 16-point performance and Jendy Weppler added 11 points. Katie Battle (six points), Phylicia Marrow (six) and Emily Sheets (four) all provided quality minutes to compensate for the loss of Schmitt.

The Lions, who improved to 13-8, went on a 6-0 run at the end of the half to build a 30-24 lead.

Then in the third quarter, O'Donnell scored seven points, including a 3-pointer, and the Lions led 41-28 heading into the final period. Gahanna made seven of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter.

"The guard play was the difference for us," coach Rick Hauser said. "Jendy Weppler, (Tiyona Marshall), Jill O'Donnell and Lauren Arnett and played well on the perimeter for us."

Christine Delaney scored 12 and Emily Raiff added six for the Braves, who finished 6-15.

"They did a good job on (Delaney)," coach John Feasel said. "It turned on us in the second quarter. They get a rebound and put it back in right before the half, and we've just got a bunch of young kids. You've got to make shots and get confidence, and Gahanna did a good job getting us off of our rhythm."