The Hartley High School boys basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Johnstown 65-44 on Friday in the second-round of the Division III district tournament at Gahanna.

The Hartley High School boys basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Johnstown 65-44 on Friday in the second-round of the Division III district tournament at Gahanna.

The Hawks improved to 16-5, and will play Fredericktown at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Fairground Coliseum in a Division III district semifinal.
The Johnnies' season ends at 9-13.

"We just didn't come to play (in the first quarter)," said Hartley coach Randy Kortokrax, whose team was down 15-12 after the first quarter. "We came out tentative. We stood. We got no movement in our offense."

Hartley was led by Ben Siefert's 13 points and 12 rebounds. Siefert passed the 1,000-point mark in his prep career on a jumper with 3:42 left in the half.

"It feels good," Siefert said. "I didn't really know about it until yesterday, actually. It seemed like it was a burden at the start. Once I got it, it relieved some of the pressure.
"It feels good to get it over with as soon as possible. As long as we get the win, that's all that matters."

"I'm happy for Ben to get it out of the way now," Kortokrax said. "What he's done for Hartley has been really remarkable. I'm glad he's got that off his plate."

Morgan Cornwell and Andy Losinski each added 12 points for the Hawks, and Steve Williams scored 11.

"That's what we need, because you need balance to win," Kortokrax said.

For Johnstown, Riley Cannon scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Johnnies were ahead 19-18 early in the second quarter before the Hawks went on a 10-0 run.

"Once we started getting up six, eight, 10 points we started moving a little bit," Kortokrax said. "I knew they were going to make a run," Johnstown coach Kevin Martin said. "I was pleased with the way we got started. We played well in that first quarter.

"They have a really good player in Siefert. In that second quarter, we struggled at times getting him stopped in transition, and when you do that, they're a difficult team to beat."

Hartley had a 32-22 halftime advantage, then scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to pull away for good.