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Basketball

'Cats girls earn share of title

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The Hilliard Davidson High School girls basketball team won both of its OCC-Central Division games last week to clinch at least a share of its first league championship since the 1993-94 season.

The Wildcats beat Olentangy Liberty 43-39 on Feb. 5, as point guard Lauren Bates and guard Ashley Hurt each scored 14 points.

Davidson then defeated Thomas Worthington 49-37 on Feb. 8 to finish 12-2 in the OCC-Central, as Bates had 16 points and nine rebounds and Hurt had eight points. That same night, Dublin Coffman lost to Liberty 46-39 to drop to 11-2 in the OCC-Central before playing Westland on Feb. 12.

The Wildcats, who are 19-3 overall, would be outright league champions with a Coffman loss.

"I'm thrilled for the kids because they earned this championship with their hard work throughout the year," coach Joy Taylor said.

"It was exciting that we were able to win our league on the night that we honored our five seniors."

Seeded eighth of 43 teams, Davidson will open the Division I district tournament Saturday, Feb. 16, at home against 28th-seeded Canal Winchester.

The winner will face 14th-seeded Newark or 33rd-seeded Walnut Ridge in the second round Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the home of the higher seed.

The second-round winner will play 10th-seeded Pickerington Central, 23rd-seeded Upper Arlington or 29th-seeded Westerville South in a district semifinal Feb. 28 at Bloom-Carroll.

Canal Winchester is 10-12. Among its top players are forward Raven Hamilton, post player Sarah Miles and guard Jade Smith.

Davidson is 17-0 when scoring at least 43 but only 2-3 when held below 43. Canal Winchester is 4-10 when allowing 49 or more points.

"We had a great regular season, but this is a brand new season and we have to put our best out there every night because it's one loss and you're done," Taylor said.

Boys team ends tough week with victory

The boys team went 1-2 last week, losing OCC-Central games to Liberty (58-36 on Feb. 5) and Thomas Worthington (45-42 on Feb. 8) before beating New Concord John Glenn 50-36 on Feb. 9.

Against John Glenn, wing player Scottie Munson had 14 points, post player Michael Simon scored 11 and wing player Luke Brorein scored 10.

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