For the first time since 2009, the Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball team has advanced to a Division I district semifinal.
The 12th-seeded Irish face second-seeded Gahanna at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Jonathan Alder, with the winner playing seventh-seeded Olentangy or ninth-seeded Pickerington North in a district final at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Jonathan Alder.
The district champion advances to a regional semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Otterbein University against Dublin Coffman, Olentangy Orange, Northland or Zanesville.
"We just have to forget about seeds, (Division I college) players and the word 'upset,'" coach Matt Fisher said. "We are going to prepare for what (Gahanna does) and execute our game plan. Trying to win more possessions is key, but to do that we have to contain their guards and limit their second-chance opportunities."
Scioto improved to 17-7 with a 59-51 victory over 18th-seeded Central Crossing in the second round Feb. 20 at home. Senior guard Anna Buhigas had 29 points, including going 9-for-11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Gahanna is 20-4 and won its first two postseason games by an average of 39 points, defeating Groveport 67-11 on Feb. 16 and Watkins Memorial 55-33 on Feb. 20.
The Lions' roster includes four Division I college signees in 6-foot-1 post player Zenobia Bess (Illinois State), 6-1 post player Maddison Blackwell (Xavier), 5-6 guard Chrishna Butler (Cleveland State) and 5-8 point guard Quiera Lampkins (Ohio).
The Irish have not played any of their potential district-final or regional-semifinal opponents this season.
Boys team opens tournament play
The boys team is seeded fifth in the Division I district tournament and had a first-round bye.
Scioto played 10th-seeded Pickerington Central in a second-round game Feb. 27, with the winner facing seventh-seeded Coffman or 16th-seeded Grove City in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Pickerington North.
The semifinal winner will play fourth-seeded New Albany, sixth-seeded Zanes-ville, 18th-seeded Orange or 28th-seed Mount Vernon in a district final March 9.
Scioto, which entered the postseason 18-4, did not play Coffman or Grove City during the regular season.