Senior guard Addie Goodwin understands that the Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team won't completely shut down twin sisters Haley and Hannah Robertson when the Wildcats play seventh-seeded New Albany in a Division I district tournament game today at Dublin Jerome.

Senior guard Addie Goodwin understands that the Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team won't completely shut down twin sisters Haley and Hannah Robertson when the Wildcats play seventh-seeded New Albany in a Division I district tournament game today at Dublin Jerome.

Hannah Robertson is averaging 19 points, Haley Robertson is averaging 16 points and both are Miami recruits.

However, Goodwin is confident the Wildcats can defeat the Eagles if they can do a better job of containing the 5-foot-9 senior guards than they did during a 47-45 loss at New Albany on Jan. 11. Hannah Robertson scored 21 points and Haley Robertson scored 14.

"We played strong defense against New Albany, but we need to do a better job of shutting down the twins," Goodwin said. "They're their two best players, so we've got to limit what they can do."

New Albany defeated Big Walnut 54-44 last Saturday to improve to 18-3 overall. Hannah Robertson scored 30 points and Haley Robertson scored 12 points.

The Eagles start four guards, with freshman Hannah Scipio (5-4) running the point. Junior Elyse Naddaff (5-11) starts in the post and junior guard Madi Miller (5-5) is New Albany's third-leading scorer.

Lauren Bates and Sam Bradway usually guard he opponents' top perimeter players, but Goodwin said the Wildcats will likely utilize a 1-2-2 defensive zone for the majority of the game rather than play man-to-man.

"Our 1-2-2 zone has been our best defense," Goodwin said. "We're definitely getting a lot of steals out of our trap. That's going to be important in the tournament."

Goodwin said the Wildcats are preparing themselves to handle New Albany's full-court defensive pressure. The Eagles mostly play man-to-man defense and they frequently utilize full- and half-court traps.

In the first meeting, Goodwin scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, and Jamie Caton scored 15 points. But the rest of the Wildcats managed only eight points.

Goodwin said the Wildcats need to feature a more balanced offensive attack in the rematch.

Leading Davidson in scoring are Goodwin (15.9 points per game), Caton (11.6), Sam Bradway (4.3), Madie Long (4.3), Lauren Bates (4.0) and Maddison Blackwell (3.2).

"We do better as a team when a lot of people are scoring, so we don't have to rely on a couple of people," Goodwin said. "It makes it harder to stop us when we have a lot of people contributing."

The winner plays ninth-seeded Pickerington Central or 10th-seeded Dublin Scioto in a semifinal Tuesday at Olentangy Liberty. The winner of that advances to the final on March 6 at Liberty to face Marysville, Watterson, top-seeded Pickerington North or Briggs.

Davidson lost to Central 45-37 on Nov. 28.

Goodwin scored 17 points and Caton scored 10 points against Central, but senior post player Jasmine Cooper scored 16 points and junior guard Katie Stevens scored 11 points to lead the Tigers to the victory.

The Wildcats went 2-7 in games decided by eight points or less during the regular season.

"We were in the game against Pickerington Central, so we know we can play with them," Goodwin said.

"We just need to get over the hump in the close games, because that's how you win in the tournament."

•The boys team opens the Division I district tournament against Walnut Ridge or Westerville Central on Saturday at Worthington Christian Middle School.

Walnut Ridge beat Africentric 69-45 on Feb. 12 to improve to 12-7. Junior post player Austin Traylor scored 27 points and junior forward Dwayne Bazemore scored 12 points. Other key players for Walnut Ridge are senior guards Romero Sumbry and Jeremy Qualls.

The Wildcats lost to Walnut Ridge 45-42 in the first round of the district tournament a year ago.

Westerville Central downed Dublin Jerome 74-60 last Friday to improve to 16-4. Senior post player Trey Devereaux (6-6) scored 20 points and senior post player Max VanMeter (6-6) scored 14 points.

At a glance

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

BOYS

*Last Friday -- Lost to Darby 53-52. Chris Logsdon scored 11 points and Eric Anderson scored 10 points.

Last Saturday -- Lost to Zanesville 42-30. Anderson scored 12 points and Jimmy Caudill scored 10 points.

Last Monday -- Defeated Westerville North 62-51 in overtime

Saturday -- At Worthington Christian Middle School vs. Walnut Ridge or Westerville Central in Division I district opener. The winner will play Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, Pickerington North or Thomas Worthington in a semifinal on March 6 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Of note: The Wildcats are 12-8 overall and finished 8-6 in the OCC-Central.They had a first-round by in the district tournament.

GIRLS

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Dublin Coffman 38-36. Jamie Caton scored 13 points.

Today -- At Dublin Jerome vs. New Albany in Division I district opener. The winner plays Pickerington Central or Dublin Scioto in a semifinal Tuesday at Olentangy Liberty. That winner plays in the final on March 6 at Olentangy Liberty against Marysville, Watterson, Pickerington North or Briggs.

Of note: The Wildcats are 11-9 overall and finished 10-4 in the OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central game