The Delaware Christian School girls basketball team was unable to extend its season past the second round of the Division IV district tournament as the Eagles lost to Fisher Catholic 43-28 on Feb. 22 at Westerville Central.

The Delaware Christian School girls basketball team was unable to extend its season past the second round of the Division IV district tournament as the Eagles lost to Fisher Catholic 43-28 on Feb. 22 at Westerville Central.

The Eagles, who finished 13-8, struggled from the outset as Fisher Catholic's defense focused on Haley Kirby and forced Delaware Christian into sloppy ball-handling in the first half.

"Fisher Catholic took us out of the things we like to do," said coach Jackie Boggs, whose team had a first-round bye. "I feel bad for Haley Kirby and Sarah Harp because they've carried this program for four years. They wanted this really bad. Unfortunately, not enough of the others wanted it as bad. They didn't match the intensity and will that our seniors showed."

Seventh-seeded Fisher Catholic improved to 12-9 and advanced to play fifth-seeded Worthington Christian in a district semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 29.

"Our two points of emphasis entering the game were limiting (Kirby's) shots and handling the ball and their pressure by not turning the ball over," Fisher Catholic coach Matt Little said.

"They score in transition and we couldn't allow them to get easy points."

Kirby had seven points, five steals and five rebounds.

Harp had five points, three steals and three assists.

"Sarah was all over the floor, in their faces on defense and just never stopped hustling the entire game," Boggs said. "She just never slows down."

Brenna McCullough had six points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles. Katie Morgan had nine rebounds and three assists. Emily Kirkham had five points and six rebounds.

The Eagles trailed 10-5 after the first quarter and 19-12 at halftime before falling behind 29-15 late in the third quarter. Baskets by Kirkham and Harp and a Kirby free throw made it 29-20 entering the fourth quarter.

Delaware Christian got as close as 30-23 on a Bethany Kuykendall basket, but Sarah Wood's 3-pointer began a closing 13-5 run as the Eagles were forced to foul.

Katie Evangelista's 13 points led the Irish. Wood scored eight.

•The boys basketball team opened the Division IV district tournament against Gahanna Christian on Feb. 25 at Granville in a second-round game.

The Eagles had a first-round bye.

The winner advanced to play second-seeded Newark Catholic or Village Academy in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. March 5 at Granville.

Delaware Christian defeated Gahanna Christian twice in MOCAL play, winning 64-60 on Dec. 13 and 61-58 on Jan. 21. The Eagles finished the regular season 13-7 overall after losing to Shekinah Christian 76-47 on Feb. 17.

Delaware Christian has not played Newark Catholic this season.

The Eagles beat Village Academy 71-52 on Jan. 7.