For junior guard Antonio Bisutti of the Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team, a victory in the final game of the regular season might've been the most significant.

For junior guard Antonio Bisutti of the Dublin Scioto High School boys basketball team, a victory in the final game of the regular season might've been the most significant.

A 60-42 win over visiting Marysville on Feb. 17 put a stop to a four-game losing streak for the Irish, who had lost six of their previous seven contests. It was a much needed triumph as Scioto prepared for the postseason.

The Irish, who are 10-10 overall, play New Albany in the first round of the Division I district tournament at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Reynoldsburg. ΚΚ

"There were a lot of people saying it looked like we had packed it in for the season," Bisutti said. "It might've looked like that, but in my mind there was never any point where we gave up."

Bisutti led all scorers against Marysville, going 3-for-5 from 3-point range and finishing with 19 points. Junior guard Josh Ashwill was 5-for-6 from the field and had 12 points as the Monarchs closed the regular season 5-15 overall.

Scioto finished 6-8 in the OCC-Cardinal Division to tie Olentangy for fifth, behind Olentangy Liberty (12-2), Westerville South (11-3), Westerville North (11-3) and Westerville Central (7-7) and ahead of Dublin Jerome (2-12) and Marysville (1-13).

The win over Marysville followed a 53-47 loss at Hilliard Bradley on Feb. 14.

"We wanted to come into the tournament with a little bit of momentum and get back on track," senior wing player Gabe McGlone said. "If you look at some of the games we've played, we've played some really close ones against some of the better teams in the area. Hopefully, we can get some Ws and knock off a few teams."

Three OCC-Cardinal foes earned a top-10 seed in the tournament: - Liberty (third), North (fifth) and South (eighth).

The Scioto-New Albany winner plays Liberty in the second round at 7:45 p.m. March 2 at Reynoldsburg.

The Irish lost both meetings to the Patriots, falling 49-37 on Feb. 7 and 59-53 on Jan. 3.

"If we get past that first game and get to Liberty, they have to play us for a third time and that's never easy for a team that won the first two games," Bisutti said. "I think we've got a good shot to make a run if we can pull things together."

Scioto did not play New Albany during the regular season. The Eagles are 12-8 and have won five in a row, including a 47-44 victory at Mount Vernon on Feb. 17 behind 11 points from sophomore guard Darrell Miller and 10 from junior guard Jonathan Tolber.

The Eagles' winning streak also included a 63-49 win over seventh-seeded Upper Arlington on Feb. 14.

New Albany finished third in the OCC-Capital at 10-4, behind co-champions Mount Vernon (11-3) and Olentangy Orange (11-3).

"They've kind of had a season similar to ours," coach Tony Bisutti said. "They graduated a lot of guys last year off a really good team. With these games in the first round, you get into a tough, defensive, aggressive game. If you can hold serve, you can go from there."

•The girls team lost to Hilliard Darby 43-39 in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Feb. 14 to finish 13-8 overall.

Scioto, which had won its previous three games, had beaten the Panthers 56-48 on Dec. 22.

The Irish scored just nine second-half points after leading 34-27 at halftime. Darby, which improved to 8-13, advanced to play ninth-seeded Watterson in a second-round game on Feb. 22.

"We couldn't throw it in the ocean," coach Matt Fisher said. "We got every shot we wanted, but we couldn't make anything. We shot 20 percent from the field. We knew they could shoot and they had a really good post player."

Darby guard Annie Hilditch hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left to give the Panthers their first lead. Kate Esposito then made two free throws in the waning seconds to secure the outcome.

Anna Buhigas, Scioto's leading scorer and the OCC-Cardinal Player of the Year, was held to 10 points. During the regular season, the junior point guard averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 assists and three steals.

Buhigas became the Irish's primary scorer after senior post player Emily Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 16. Jones averaged 10.1 points and was named special mention all-league.

Junior wing player Elise Jones averaged 12.2 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds and was second-team all-league.

Buhigas and Elise Jones are expected to return as starters next season along with junior wing players Katie Collins (honorable mention all-league) and Casey Suich.

"We played through a lot of injuries this season and these kids kept fighting," Fisher said. "A lot of teams would've quit when their best player got hurt. Even with Emily out, we went from averaging 22 rebounds per game to 30."

Scioto finished 11-3 in the OCC-Cardinal to place second, behind Olentangy (13-1) and ahead of North (9-5), Jerome (8-6), South (8-6), Liberty (5-9), Marysville (2-12) and Central (0-14). The Irish also finished second in the league last season.

Scioto was the only team in Ohio to defeat Olentangy during the regular season, winning 62-61 in overtime on Dec. 6.