The Gahanna Christian Academy boys basketball team is gearing up for what it hopes will be its first district tournament win.

The Gahanna Christian Academy boys basketball team is gearing up for what it hopes will be its first district tournament win.

The fifth-seeded Eagles play Village Academy at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Granville High School.

The winner plays Millersport, Mount Vernon Academy or third-seeded Harvest Preparatory in a district semifinal on March 10 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

"We're focusing on getting ready for tournament time," coach Roger Edwards said. "The regular season is all part of the pathway to the tournament and playing well in late February and early March."

Gahanna Christian and Village Academy met on Jan. 29, with the Eagles cruising to a 72-55 win. Andrew Hartje led the Eagles with 20 points.

Key players for Village Academy are Adam McClatchie and Alan Clinton. McClatchie led the Griffins with 16 points in the first meeting.

"Their perimeter players are quick," Edwards said. "There are several senior perimeter players who are nice players. They're good athletes."

Gahanna Christian was 11-7 overall and 4-5 in the MOCAL before its rescheduled conference game against Delaware Christian last Tuesday.

Village Academy was 6-11 before its game against Temple Christian last Tuesday.

Hartje, the lone senior on the team, was as the team's leading scorer at 19.8 points a game before Tuesday.

Other key players for the Eagles are junior center Thomas Rebovich, junior guard/forward Gershom Tadesse and sophomore forward Keegan Parsons.

"Our team plays hard," Edwards said. "There's never an issue with hardness or heart. We sometimes struggle offensively to score the ball. We're playing hard, we're pressing well and we're defending pretty well. We have our struggles from time to time putting the ball in the basket."

•The girls basketball team earned a shot at top-seeded and state-ranked Harvest Prep after beating Delaware Christian 40-37 in the first round of the district tournament on Feb. 18 at Granville.

Gahanna Christian and Harvest Prep play at 8 p.m. Thursday at Licking Heights.

Harvest Prep is 19-1 with its lone loss coming against Lyndhurst Brush 51-49 on Dec. 29.

The Warriors are ranked third in the Division IV state poll.

"Our reward for playing well is the No. 3 team in the state," coach Rick Sibert said. "We have a game plan. You have to prepare as coaches and players. We're going to try to make them play our game. We can't play a game in the 80s and 90s with them. We struggle to score 40 against teams in our own league."

The Gahanna Christian-Harvest Prep winner plays fifth-seeded Danville or seventh-seeded Wellington School in a district semifinal Tuesday at Westerville Central.

The Eagles were 10-9 overall and 6-4 in the MOCAL before their rescheduled game against Delaware Christian last Tuesday.

Against Delaware Christian in the tournament game, Gahanna Christian opened a 35-20 lead after three quarters and held off a late charge.

Christina Grubich led the Eagles with 18 points, followed by Alissa Kirk with 14.

"We won and we're still playing," Sibert said. "There are a lot of teams that aren't right now."

Kirk led the team in scoring before last Tuesday, averaging 16.7 points a game.

At a glance

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

BOYS

Feb. 18 -- Defeated Millersport 71-61

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Fairfield Christian 58-49

*Last Tuesday -- Played Delaware Christian in a rescheduled game from Feb. 16

*Saturday -- Play Village Academy in a Division IV district tournament game at Granville

Of note: The Eagles were 11-7 overall and 4-5 in the MOCAL before last Tuesday.

GIRLS

*Feb. 11 -- Defeated Grove City Christian 50-43

*Feb. 13 -- Lost to Fairfield Christian 42-37

Feb. 18 -- Def. Delaware Christian 40-37 in a district tournament game at Granville

*Last Tuesday -- Played Delaware Christian in a rescheduled game from Feb. 9

Today -- Play Harvest Preparatory in a district tournament game at Licking Heights

Tuesday -- District semifinal at Westerville Central

Of note: The Eagles were 10-9 overall and 6-4 in the MOCAL before last Tuesday.

*MOCAL game