After a successful debut in the Division I district tournament against an inexperienced Grove City team, things should get decidedly tougher today for the New Albany High School girls basketball team.

After a successful debut in the Division I district tournament against an inexperienced Grove City team, things should get decidedly tougher today for the New Albany High School girls basketball team.

After beating Grove City 62-40 in a first round game on Feb. 18, the Eagles take on Hilliard Davidson in the second round at 6:15 p.m. at Dublin Jerome.

New Albany played Davidson on Jan. 11, winning 47-45.

"The one thing I'll give Davidson, they were very prepared," said coach Jamie Puryear, whose team won its first OCC-Capital Division championship with a 54-44 win at Big Walnut last Saturday. "(Davidson guard Addie Goodwin) played a tremendous basketball game and we have to figure out a way to contain her."

Goodwin, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored 22 points in the first meeting with New Albany. She leads Davidson in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game.

Davidson's other top offensive threat is 5-10 post player Jamie Caton, who scored 15 points in the first meeting and averages 11.6 points.

The other key players for the Wildcats are Sam Bradway (5-8), Rebekah Kauffman (5-7) and Madie Long (5-5).

In the first meeting, Puryear used Hannah Scipio to guard Goodwin. He is considering putting Haley Robertson, the Eagles' top perimeter defender, on Goodwin in today's game.

Defensively, Davidson employs a 1-2-2 zone, which is the same alignment the Eagles faced last Saturday against Big Walnut. But according to Puryear, Davidson plays a more aggressive version of that defense.

"Our 1-2-2 zone has been our best defense," Goodwin said. "We're definitely getting a lot of steals out of our trap. That's going to be important in the tournament."

Puryear said opponents have tried to use the 1-2-2 zone this season instead of putting an inside player on one of New Albany's guards.

If New Albany advances to a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Olentangy Liberty, it will play ninth-seeded Dublin Scioto or 10th-seeded Pickerington Central.

Scioto, which shared the OCC-Cardinal title with Olentangy, the top seed in Division II, enters its contest against Central today having won six consecutive games.

New Albany defeated the Irish 42-41 on Jan. 2. Hannah Robertson scored 16 points in that game and Miller scored 12.

The Eagles seemed to take control in the third quarter, in which they outscored Scioto 17-5. But the Irish outscored New Albany 19-6 in the fourth quarter.

Guard Kelly Flood scored 11 points to lead the Irish and guard Kate Papesh scored nine. Forwards Jamie O'Connell (5-8) and Lindsey Kell (6-0) also are key players for the Irish, who are 15-4 entering today's game against Central.

Central, which has won four consecutive district titles, is 14-6 entering the matchup with Scioto and has won 11 of its last 12 games.

The Tigers started to win more as its frontcourt, which includes Jasmine Cooper (5-11), Jasmine Henshaw (5-11), Marley Hill (6-2) and Alexis Newsom (6-1), has developed.

•FIRST OCC TITLE -- New Albany finally played its second game against Big Walnut, but the wait certainly was worthwhile for the Eagles.

The contest had been delayed twice because of bad weather and once more because the Eagles' district tournament game against Grove City was moved.

New Albany trailed 23-20 at halftime, but outscored Big Walnut 19-7 in the third quarter. Hannah Robertson scored 30 points and Haley Robertson had 12 as the Eagles finished 13-1 to win the OCC-Capital.

Big Walnut finished second at 12-2.

New Albany joined the OCC prior to the 2006-07 school year.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the New Albany girls basketball team:

Feb. 18 -- Defeated Grove City 62-40 in first round of Division I district tournament. Hannah Robertson scored 19 points and Haley Robertson scored 18.

*Last Saturday -- Def. Big Walnut 54-44 in regular season finale. Hannah Robertson scored 30 points.

Today -- At Dublin Jerome (6:15 p.m.) vs. Hilliard Davidson in second round of district tournament. The winner plays at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal against ninth-seeded Dublin Scioto or 10th-seeded Pickerington Central. The winner of that contest plays at 4 p.m. March 6 at Liberty in a district final against top-seeded Pickerington North, Briggs, Marysville or Watterson.

Of note: The Eagles are 18-3 overall and finished 13-1 in the OCC-Capital.

*OCC-Capital game