In the third quarter, Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball coach Matt Fisher heard one of his players put the first-round Division I district tournament game into perspective.

In the third quarter, Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball coach Matt Fisher heard one of his players put the first-round Division I district tournament game into perspective.

"Someone said we weren't sure what to expect," Fisher said.

The 57-45 victory over Dresden Tri-Valley on Feb. 17 marked the first postseason experience for every Irish player but senior guard Kelly Flood.

"Just getting one under our belt was important," said Fisher, whose team plays 10th-seeded Logan in a second-round game on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Westerville Central. "You could tell we slowly became more comfortable as the game went on."

Logan, which shared the Southeastern Ohio Athletic Conference championship, had a first-round bye.

The winner plays third-seeded Olentangy Orange or Central Crossing in a district semifinal on Tuesday, March 1, at Olentangy Liberty.

Scioto ended last season with a second-round loss to Pickerington Central. It was the first time since 2004 that the Irish failed to reach a district semifinal.

The Irish, 15-6 overall, take a six-game winning streak into the matchup with Logan.

"I think we have that 'refuse to lose' mentality right now," said Flood, who along with Emily Jones scored 16 points against Tri-Valley. "We're playing really competitive right now and I think that's what keeps us working hard. We just don't like to lose."

Scioto led 28-27 at halftime and outscored Tri-Valley 18-6 in the third quarter. The Irish led by as many as 20 in the fourth.

Scioto likely will need a similar offensive effort against Logan, although its defense has been holding opponents to about 40 points per game.

"They have a couple of players who shoot it well and if they don't kill us we'll be in the ballgame," Fisher said. "We just can't let them blow up. I think we're faster than they are. They like to press and we like to be pressed."

•The boys team entered its Feb. 23 Division I tournament game against Teays Valley on a two-game winning streak. The Irish defeated Marysville 53-30 on Feb. 18 and Hilliard Bradley 66-48 on Feb. 15.

It was the first time Scioto had won back-to-back games since starting the season 2-0.

"Hilliard Bradley was a hot team when we played them," said coach Tony Bisutti, whose team was 8-12 overall before its tournament opener. "They had won six out of eight, and we kind of dominated that game. We're shooting it well right now. We're shooting better than 45 percent from 3-point range and when you do that everything else looks better."

Against Marysville, the Irish jumped out to a 16-0 lead. Senior Raneal Ewing scored 22 points.

Scioto finished 4-10 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, tied with Dublin Jerome for fifth behind champion Westerville South (13-1). Westerville North, Westerville Central and Olentangy Liberty tied for second at 10-4. Olentangy (3-11) was seventh and Marysville (2-12) was eighth.

A win over Teays Valley would send Scioto to a second-round game against fifth-seeded Pickerington North or Central Crossing on Saturday, Feb. 26, at Heath.

North finished the regular season 19-1 overall. The Panthers shared the OCC-Ohio title with Gahanna at 13-1.

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Scioto boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS

Feb. 15 - Defeated Hilliard Bradley 66-48

*Feb. 18 - Def. Marysville 53-30. Scioto opened with a 16-0 run.

Feb. 23 - Teays Valley in first round of Division I district tournament. Winner plays fifth-seeded Pickerington North or Central Crossing in second round, 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Heath.

Of note: The Irish were 8-12 overall before Feb. 23 and finished 4-10 (tied for fifth) in the OCC-Cardinal.

GIRLS

Feb. 17 - Def. Dresden Tri-Valley 57-45 in first-round of Division I district tournament. Kelly Flood and Emily Jones each scored 16 points.

Feb. 24 - 10th-seeded Logan in second round, 6 p.m. at Westerville Central. Winner plays third-seeded Olentangy Orange or Central Crossing in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 1 at Olentangy Liberty.

Of note: The Irish are 15-6 overall.

*OCC-Cardinal game