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Girls Basketball

Jaguars needing third victory over Westerville South


The Hilliard Bradley High School girls basketball team will have to beat Westerville South for a third time this season if it wants to reach a Division I district semifinal.

The 12th-seeded Jaguars will play host to the 17th-seeded Wildcats in the second round of the district tournament Thursday, Feb. 20.

Bradley defeated South 53-36 on Dec. 13 and 41-29 on Jan. 24 in OCC-Cardinal Division play. The Jaguars went 11-3 in the league to place second behind Westerville North (13-1) and the Wildcats finished third at 9-5.

Bradley opened the tournament with a 51-46 win over 28th-seeded Grove City on Feb. 17 to improve to 17-6. South, which is 14-8, had a first-round bye.

In Bradley's first meeting against South, Meredith Miller had 19 points, Ashley Hummel scored 15 and Shelby Haworth added 12.

In the rematch, the Wildcats contained Miller and Hummel, holding them to a combined 12 points, but Gracie Fodor stepped up offensively by scoring 13 points and Haworth scored 11.

South is led by 6-foot forward Chanelle Moore, who scored 13 points in the first contest against Bradley and 16 in the second.

The second-round winner will play 11th-seeded Gahanna or 25th-seeded Westerville Central in a district semifinal Feb. 27 at Bloom-Carroll.

Bradley has not played Gahanna this season, but it swept Central in league play, winning 58-50 on Dec. 10 and 45-32 on Jan. 29.

Against Grove City, Haworth had a season-high 19 points, Hummel scored 15 and Miller added 11.

Panthers fall short against Indians

Darby was 0-22 before facing third-seeded Newark in the second round of the Division I district tournament on Feb. 19.

The Panthers were seeded 46th of 47 teams and had a first-round bye.

The second-round winner will play 15th-seeded DeSales or 20th-seeded Delaware in a district semifinal Feb. 27 at Westerville Central.

Darby narrowly missed posting its first win in its regular-season finale Feb. 11, as it lost to Canal Winchester 61-57 in double overtime to finish 0-14 in the OCC-Cardinal.

The Panthers led the Indians 34-24 through three quarters, but they were outscored 20-10 in the fourth quarter.

The game was tied at 44 at the end of regulation and tied at 53 after the first overtime.

Freshman Jessica Cox led the Panthers with 18 points, including a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the first overtime. Nycole Carter added 12 points.

Wildcats lose in district opener

Davidson lost to Newark 55-38 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 15 to finish 3-19.

The Wildcats, who were seeded 39th of 47 teams, trailed 22-17 at halftime, but their five-point deficit turned to 25 points by the end of the third quarter as they were outscored by Newark 24-4 in the period.

Maddie Oakley had 11 points to lead Davidson, which lost its final five games. Lea Edler added six points.