The scoreboard told New Albany High School girls basketball coach Jamie Puryear all he needed to know as far as where his team's focus needs to be in the offseason.

The scoreboard told New Albany High School girls basketball coach Jamie Puryear all he needed to know as far as where his team's focus needs to be in the offseason.

"We only gave up 40 points," he said following a 40-33 loss to Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 19 at Olentangy. "There's no question we should be better offensively than that."

The Eagles, who averaged 43.9 points, finished 12-9 overall and expect to return several key players, including Hannah Scipio, a sophomore guard and two-year starter who ranked third in the district during the regular season by converting 46.8 percent of her 3-point attempts (29 of 62). Classmates Chrissy Harris, Cheyenne Hartley-Carr and Emily Rolwing are expected to return as well, among others.

"We have a real nice group of sophomores," Puryear said. "We have some good pieces in play, but the girls are going to have to keep working to get better as far as their shooting, putting the ball on the court and their confidence. You should win in the tournament when you give up only 40 points."

New Albany trailed Jerome 27-26 after the third quarter but watched the Celtics score the first seven points of the fourth quarter to pull away. The Eagles, who got 14 points, including four 3-pointers, from Scipio, would get no closer than five points for the remainder of the game. Jerome outscored them 9-1 at the free-throw line.

"All week we discussed focusing on Scipio and (senior guard/forward Madi) Miller," Jerome coach Matt Martin said. "We did a nice job fighting screens and hedging screens."

Miller, who was held to four points against Jerome, is one of three seniors. The others are Elyse Naddaff and Olivia Moler, both of whom were post players. The other expected returnees are juniors Sophia Semertsidis and Abbie Skowron and freshmen Amanda Miller, Lexi Simpson and Ally Vendetti.

New Albany went 10-4 in the OCC-Capital Division to place third, behind Olentangy Orange (13-1) and Hilliard Bradley (12-2), and ahead of Big Walnut (9-5), Delaware (6-8), Mount Vernon (3-11), Watkins Memorial (3-11) and Franklin Heights (0-14).

"I saw us grow quite a bit," Puryear said. "We had our ups and downs, but a big part of that was we're still so young at critical spots.

"We'll have more veterans in our junior class next year. I think they'll be more than ready to step up."

•The boys team rebounded from back-to-back losses to defeat Mount Vernon 46-38 in its regular-season finale on Feb. 18.

The Eagles are 16-4 overall and went 13-1 to capture their first OCC-Capital title. Delaware was second in the league at 11-3, with Mount Vernon (10-4) and Olentangy Orange (9-5) rounding out the top four. Mount Vernon and Orange shared the championship a year ago.

The league championship is New Albany's first since winning the MSL-Ohio in 2005-06 and just its third since 1987-88.

Seeded eighth for the Division I district tournament, the Eagles had a first-round bye and play 16th-seeded Newark or 27th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in the second round at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Heath. The Wildcats were 13-7 overall and the Wolves were 8-12 before meeting in the first round on Feb. 23.

"I was kind of pleased coming away (from the draw meeting on Feb. 13)," Eagles coach Sam Davis said. "We tied (seventh-seeded) Dublin Coffman in the voting, but they got the nod over us (in a special vote by the coaches). I feel we were treated fairly, though. We got a pretty good draw for a second-round game."


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


Feb. 15 - Lost to Westerville South 64-54. Ryan Mayle scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers.

*Feb. 18 - Defeated Mount Vernon 46-38 in regular-season finale. Travon Bodrick had 11 points and Nick Sosh scored 10 for the Eagles, who snapped a two-game losing streak. They had six 3-pointers, giving them 30 in their past four games.

Feb. 26 - Newark or Worthington Kilbourne in second round of the Division I district tournament, 6 p.m. at Heath. The Eagles, who are seeded eighth and had a first-round bye, did not play either team during the regular season. Winner plays in a district semifinal, 11:45 a.m. March 5 at Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Of note: The Eagles are 16-4 overall and finished 13-1 (first) in the OCC-Capital.

*OCC-Capital game