Bradley girls gain momentum for tourney
The Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team heads into the postseason having won three of its final four regular-season games.
The Jaguars are seeded 22nd of 43 teams in the Division I district tournament and open at 16th-seeded Teays Valley in the first round Saturday, Feb. 16. The winner will face 11th-seeded Zanesville or 30th-seeded Logan in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the home of the higher seed.
Bradley, which is 12-10 overall, defeated Teays Valley 39-31 on Dec. 8 at home, as post player Ashley Hummel led the way with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Vikings were 14-7 before playing their regular-season finale Feb. 12.
The Jaguars have not played Zanesville or Logan this season.
Bradley finished 8-6 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, placing fourth behind Westerville North (14-0), Dublin Scioto (9-5) and Dublin Jerome (9-5) and ahead of Westerville Central (7-7), Westerville South (5-9), Hilliard Darby (4-10) and Worthington Kilbourne (0-14).
The Jaguars defeated Scioto 56-45 on Feb. 8 after losing to North 42-35 on Feb. 5.
Forward Meredith Miller had 19 points and guard Feaira Crews scored 18 against Scioto. The Jaguars had lost to the Irish 45-39 on Jan. 8.
Bradley led North 25-24 after three quarters but was outscored 18-10 in the fourth quarter. Miller had 19 points to lead the Jaguars, who had lost to the Warriors 50-33 on Jan. 4.
Boys team still looking for first league win
The boys team will travel to Darby on Friday, Feb. 15, for its OCC-Cardinal finale before closing the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 19, at home against Jonathan Alder.
Bradley, which is 1-19 overall and 0-13 in the OCC-Cardinal, lost to Darby 51-39 on Jan. 11, getting outscored 26-16 in the second half. Point guard Brandon Glenn had 16 points to lead the Jaguars and forward Nic Baker scored 15 to lead the Panthers.
Bradley lost to Scioto 70-36 on Feb. 8 and Westerville North 73-50 on Feb. 5.
Glenn and post player Ryan Reffitt both had eight points against the Irish and Reffitt and forward Brady Simpson scored 14 and 11, respectively, against the Warriors, who were ranked fourth in the Division I state poll last week.
The Panthers were seeded 42nd for the Division I district tournament and will play at top-seeded Northland on Feb. 23.