Hilliard Northwest News

Boys Basketball

Darby boys fall in tournament opener

The Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team lost to host St. Charles 53-51 in overtime in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 23 to finish 14-9.

After senior forward Nic Baker hit a 3-pointer with 43 seconds remaining in overtime to tie the game at 49, guard Michael Lutter made a pair of free throws to give the 17th-seeded Cardinals a 51-49 lead with 36.2 seconds left.

Senior guard Caleb Day then made a layup for the 19th-seeded Panthers with 22 seconds left to tie the game at 51, but St. Charles guard NiQuille Bell scored the decisive points on a layup with 3 seconds remaining.

Baker led Darby with 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Day, senior guard Cade Cater and sophomore guard David Dennis each scored six points.

--Scott Hennen

Davidson girls upset by Newark

The Davidson girls basketball team was upset by 14th-seeded Newark 58-56 at home in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 20.

Newark led 28-23 at halftime and 45-38 after three quarters before holding off a rally by eighth-seeded Davidson in the fourth quarter.

Post player Bri Ekanem had 16 points and point guard Lauren Bates scored 15 to lead Davidson, which finished 20-4. Guard Ashley Hurt added 11 points.

Guard Kim Royster had 27 points and guard Paige Cashin scored 19 to lead Newark, which improved to 13-11 and advanced to play 23rd-seeded Upper Arlington in a district semifinal Thursday, Feb. 28, at Bloom-Carroll.

--Aaron Blankenship

Davidson boys fall to Grove City

The Davidson boys team lost to 16th-seeded and host Grove City 77-51 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 22.

Wing player Luke Brorein had 13 points, post player Michael Simon scored 12 and guard Josh Stimmel scored 11 for the 33rd-seeded Wildcats, who finished 5-18.

Davidson led 12-9 after the first quarter but was outscored 44-20 in the second and third quarters.

Guard Brandon Bapst had 17 points to lead Grove City, which improved to 15-8 and advanced to play seventh-seeded Dublin Coffman in the second round Feb. 27.

--Aaron Blankenship