Shortly after Louis Ford walked off the mat last Saturday at Watkins Memorial, Brookhaven High School coach Steve Ayers bounced around slightly bent and with his arms swinging loosely as he spoke to his senior 171-pounder.

Shortly after Louis Ford walked off the mat last Saturday at Watkins Memorial, Brookhaven High School coach Steve Ayers bounced around slightly bent and with his arms swinging loosely as he spoke to his senior 171-pounder.

Ayers was trying to show Ford that his form before he got pinned in the third period by defending state champion Josh Demas of Westerville North in the sectional final had left him vulnerable to takedowns.

It was the exact type of teaching tool that Ford hopes will help him at the district tournament Friday and Saturday at Hilliard Darby, where he'll be competing for the second consecutive season.

Last year, Ford went 2-2 at district after finishing fourth at sectionals.

"I've never really seen (Demas) before and (Ayers) was telling me that I wasn't staying low enough," said Ford, who is 32-5 overall. "He's long and quick, and I'm probably going to have to wrestle him again next week, so I'd better have a better game plan. I've never wrestled anybody as good as him before."

Seniors Tien Trinh (130) and Isaiah Ealy (145) also finished fourth and advanced to district. Trinh, who was a district alternate last year, is 20-12 overall.

"I felt like I've improved in some areas that I didn't think I would, especially after getting hurt," said Trinh, who sprained an ankle in early January. "I've still got to work on a lot of things, but I've got a week to do it."

Ealy is 30-13 after going 3-2 at the sectional. He did not compete in the postseason a year ago.

Also placing was senior Tavonte Burney (fifth at 160), while freshman Devin Robinson (152) went 2-2 and classmate Marquis Alston (112) was 1-2.

"I'm so proud of my seniors," Ayers said. "They've been in the room working, stuck it out and put in some time. And for Robinson and Alston to come in here as freshmen and win matches, it's not easy."

•Jourdan Stanhope matched her season-high with 12 points and Travecia Franklin scored a team-high 15 points as the girls basketball team defeated Olentangy Liberty 67-29 in its Division I tournament opener on Feb. 17 at Dublin Jerome.

The Bearcats played Hilliard Darby last Wednesday in the second round. The winner faces 11th-seeded Olentangy Orange or Dublin Jerome in a district semifinal at 8:15 p.m. Monday at Liberty.

Brookhaven, which is the fourth seed, is looking for its first district championship since 2005. It has lost in a district semifinal each of the past four seasons.

Orange went 16-4 during the regular season. The Pioneers are led by senior forward T.J. Williams (5-10) and a pair of freshman guards, Taylor Agler and Maddie Joseph.

Jerome went 8-12 during the regular season but upset 12th-seeded Dublin Coffman 52-47 in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 18. The Celtics were led in the game by Jamelia Banks (17 points), Julie Mooney (11 points), Kaitlin Miller (nine points) and Lindsey Rieland (eight points). Rieland (6-2), Banks (6-1) and Mooney (6-0) all bring significant height.

"Our man pressure was very good (against Liberty)," coach Reggie Lee said. "The girls are starting to mature and are starting to realize that it's a team. I know if we play Orange that they can shoot the outside shot."

•The boys basketball team opened the Division I tournament last Tuesday against Lancaster. If it won, Brookhaven will play at 8 p.m. Friday at Worthington Christian Middle School against Mount Vernon or Newark, which also met last Tuesday.

The district semifinal on March 6 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum could feature sixth-seeded Westerville North, which is led by Dayton University-signee Ralph Hill.

Mount Vernon earned a co-championship in the OCC-Capital Division and finished the regular season at 17-3. The Yellow Jackets are led by Russell Doup, Ben Hoar and Charlie Phillips.

Newark enters the tournament at 9-11 and features Ryan Dierks, Bret Woolard, James Kurzawa and Christian Keller.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Brookhaven boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls bowling and wrestling teams:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Feb. 18 -- Defeated Columbus South 96-38. Khalid King scored 25 points and Craig Sealey scored 24.

Last Tuesday -- Played Lancaster in first round of the Division I tournament. The winner plays Friday (8 p.m.) at Worthington Christian Middle School against Mount Vernon or Newark, with the victor moving on to a district semifinal March 6 (2:30 p.m.) in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Brookhaven is the 11th seed.

Of note: The Bearcats were 15-5 overall before last Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Feb. 17 -- Def. Olentangy Liberty 67-29 in first round of the Division I tournament at Dublin Jerome.

Last Wednesday -- Played Hilliard Darby in second round of district tournament. The winner plays Monday (8:15 p.m.) at Liberty against 11th-seeded Olentangy Orange or Dublin Jerome. The district final is March 6 (1 p.m.) at Liberty. Brookhaven is the fourth seed.

Of note: The Bearcats were 19-2 before last Wednesday.

BOWLING

Last Friday -- Boys: Finished 20th (3,275) in 32-team sectional tournament at Eastland Lanes behind champion Westerville Central (4,350); Girls: Finished 23rd (2,381) in 26-team sectional at Eastland Lanes behind champion Westerville Central (3,998)

WRESTLING

Last Saturday -- Finished ninth (62.5) in 13-team Division I sectional tournament at Watkins Memorial behind champion Marysville (243). Tien Trinh (fourth at 130), Isaiah Ealy (fourth at 145) and Louis Ford (second at 171) advanced to district.

Friday-Saturday -- At Division I district tournament at Hilliard Darby. The top four finishers advance to the state tournament March 4-6 in Ohio State's Schottenstein Center.