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Inconsistent play hurting Panthers

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Time is running out for the Hilliard Darby High School girls basketball team.

The Panthers entered their OCC-Cardinal Division game against Dublin Scioto on Feb. 4 seeking their first win. If they didn't get it against the Irish, they will have only three more chances to do so.

Darby, which entered the week 0-19 overall and 0-11 in the OCC-Cardinal, will close the regular season with league games Friday, Feb. 7, at Westerville Central and Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Canal Winchester.

The Panthers then will prepare for the Division I district tournament. Seeded 46th of 47 teams, they have a first-round bye and will play at third-seeded Newark or 39th-seeded Davidson in the second round Feb. 19.

In the first round of league play, Darby lost to Central 41-34 on Jan. 8 and fell to Canal Winchester 53-37 on Dec. 17.

"We've had some winnable games, but our inconsistency hasn't allowed that to happen," coach Jodi Korbas said. "It'd be nice to get a win for confidence purposes. A regular-season win would help our confidence for the (district tournament), but any win would help our confidence for next season and allow us to work harder in the offseason.

"Teams that go winless can go either way in the offseason. They could lose hope and enthusiasm and not work on their game or they could be mad and extremely motivated to not allow that to happen again."

Darby had only one game last week, losing to Westerville South 48-27 in a league contest Jan. 31. Erika Boyd had 12 points to lead the Panthers.

Jaguars coach excited about team's play

Bradley's hopes of winning or sharing the OCC-Cardinal title took a hit when it was upended by Dublin Jerome 41-34 on Jan. 11, as the loss dropped the Jaguars two games behind Westerville North.

However, the Jaguars won their next five games, including four in league play, to keep the pressure on North. In fact, because the Warriors slipped up Jan. 30 by losing to Westerville Central 66-61 in overtime, Bradley entered its matchup with North on Feb. 4 with an opportunity to forge a first-place tie.

Bradley, which had lost to North 47-38 on Jan. 3, was 15-4 overall and 10-2 in the OCC-Cardinal heading into the rematch and the Warriors were 10-1 in the league.

"This is an exciting point of the season because we're playing well, competing for a league title and the (Division I) district tournament is just around the corner," coach Kathy Lindsey said. "We're very excited. We beat Central (45-32 on Jan. 29) the day before they beat North, and we didn't even play well. We fell behind early and relied on our defense to get us back into it. We didn't make a field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game."

Lindsey praised her team's performance in a 51-25 league win over Canal Winchester on Jan. 31. The Jaguars had defeated the Indians 45-37 on Dec. 20.

Meredith Miller had a team-high 14 points against Canal Winchester, with Ashley Hummel scoring 11 and Jennifer Espenschied adding seven. Miller had 20 points and Shelby Haworth scored 13 against Central.

Bradley concludes league play Friday, Feb. 7, against Dublin Scioto at home and closes the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Watterson.

The Jaguars are seeded 12th in the district tournament and will be host to 28th-seeded Grove City in the first round Feb. 17.

Wildcats seek boost for district tourney

Davidson is looking to head into the postseason on a high note.

The Wildcats, who were 3-16 overall and 1-11 in the OCC-Central before playing Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 4, will conclude the regular season with a league game Friday, Feb. 7, at Thomas Worthington.

Davidson lost to the Cardinals 48-46 on Jan. 8.

The Wildcats lost two games last week, falling to Westland 47-43 on Jan. 29 and Upper Arlington 64-34 on Jan. 31. Those league losses came on the heels of consecutive wins over Central Crossing (47-31 in league play Jan. 24) and Darby (44-32 on Jan. 25).

Hannah Flecht had 16 points and Maddie Oakley scored 10 against Westland and Lea Edler had seven points against UA.

The Wildcats are seeded 39th in the Division I district tournament and will play at third-seeded Newark in the first round Feb. 15.

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