The Licking Valley High School girls basketball team's next opponent in the Division II tournament doesn't need an introduction.

The Licking Valley High School girls basketball team's next opponent in the Division II tournament doesn't need an introduction.

The Panthers will play second-seeded New Albany in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Monday at Pickerington North. The Eagles played with Licking Valley in the MSL-Ohio Division for three seasons before joining the OCC-Capital in 2006-07, and the teams continued to play each other the next two seasons.

The Panthers went 2-4 in league play against New Albany before prevailing 56-48 in a non-league matchup two years ago that gave them a three-game winning streak in the series. Senior guard Karoline Wilson has a shorter memory than that, however, and it was an 82-63 loss to the Eagles last year that she referred to once the semifinal pairing was finalized.

"We won't talk about that game," she said after scoring 20 points as the Panthers defeated Hamilton Township 56-39 in the second round last Tuesday at Central Crossing. "We just have to go out there and work together."

Licking Valley improved to 12-10 and has won four consecutive games and five of six overall. The Eagles were 17-5 after eliminating Columbus South 62-14 in the second round last Tuesday at Central Crossing. They finished second to Delaware in the OCC-Capital. The Pacers, who swept their two games against New Albany by a combined six points, were undefeated in the regular season and earned the second seed in Division I.

"There's definitely no pressure on us," Panthers coach Ty Crawmer said. "We'll go play and see what happens."

The Panthers, who are trying to reach a district final for the second time in two years, will be challenged on multiple fronts.

New Albany is led by junior point guard Hannah Robertson, who during the regular season averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Ayana Colvin-Jones averaged 7.4 rebounds, and Haley Robertson made 39.4 percent of her 3-point attempts (28 of 71). The Eagles are averaging nearly 60 points per game but are just 2-5 when limited to 51 or fewer.

"We'll be challenged defensively, no question. They can shoot, and I don't think we'll want to get into a running game with them," Crawmer said. "We'll have to show we can handle their (defensive) pressure, too. If we do they won't press as much."

Elsewhere in Division II, sixth-seeded Granville's season ended with a 55-46 lost to sixth-seeded Mifflin in the second round last Wednesday at Olentangy. The Blue Aces shared the MSL-Ohio title with Newark Catholic and finished 16-5 one year after posting a 5-17 record.

DIVISION I -- Coming off its first tournament victory since 2001, Newark finished 9-13 after losing to top-seeded Dublin Coffman 57-42 in the second round last Thursday at Westerville Central. The Shamrocks improved to 22-0 as they advanced to a district semifinal.