The Olentangy High School girls basketball team once relied on 3-pointers for the majority of its offense.

The Olentangy High School girls basketball team once relied on 3-pointers for the majority of its offense.

"Back when we were terrible, we'd fire it up all the time," coach John Feasel said. "My philosophy then was, 'Shoot it before you turn it over.' Now that we're a little bit better, we're trying to take it inside a little more."

However, when a team tries to take away the inside, the Braves still are more than capable of hitting shots from behind the arc.

Columbus South found that out in the first round of the Division II district tournament on Feb. 15. When the Bulldogs deployed a 2-3 zone, six Braves knocked down 3-pointers as Olentangy rolled to a 73-10 victory.

The 73 points and six 3s matched season highs for the Braves, who were 18-3 overall before facing Hamilton Township in the second round on Feb. 23.

Olentangy has made 33 percent of its 3-point attempts and is averaging 2.6 3s a game. Only one team, Westerville Central, shut out the Braves from behind the arc this season, in Olentangy's 53-47 win on Feb. 8. Emily Ratliff (55 percent) and Jamie Richardson (45 percent) have the team's best 3-point shooting percentages.

"Sometimes we get into a funk offensively, but if we get a 3 on the next possession, it really helps us get going again," said Brigid Feasel, who hit a late 3 to help beat Westerville North 48-44 on Jan. 14. "It's a nice asset to have."

"We've got some girls who are shooting in the 40 percent range, but generally, we're not chucking up 3s," coach Feasel added. "We're working it around to get a better shot."

•After defeating Worthington Kilbourne 39-26 on Feb. 17 for its first Division I district tournament win since a 36-35 victory over Hilliard Darby in 2005, Liberty meets fifth-seeded Pickerington North in the second round on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Hamilton Township.

The Panthers have won their past five games, including an 82-17 victory over Franklin Heights in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 17 to improve to 16-5 overall.

Coach Ron Florey said his team, which is 5-16 overall, will need a stronger first half against the Panthers than it had against the Wolves. Liberty made only five of 20 shots in the first half against Kilbourne but still led 11-5 at halftime.

"I think we were a little bit nervous," Florey said. "We didn't have good shooting in the first half. Fortunately, our defense was pretty solid. Our defense has held us in all year."

The Patriots made eight of 12 shots in the second half. Allyson VanGundy scored 10 points and Emily Perry and Karla Levering each scored eight.

"This was a big win for the program and for the seniors," Perry said. "We played good defense and got off good shots. We knew they were going to come out and go at us in the second half, so we had to shut them down."

•After having a 13-game winning streak snapped with a 45-33 loss to Hilliard Bradley on Feb. 11, third-seeded Orange took out its frustrations on Westland in the first round of the Division I district tournament on Feb. 17.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 41-4 lead at halftime and cruised to a 75-16 win.

"Since it was the first game of the tournament, we wanted to come out strong and on the right foot," said Ashley Bassett-Smith, who scored 15 points. "Everyone contributed at that game."

Orange, 19-2 overall, plays 9-12 Central Crossing in the second round on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Westerville Central. The Comets outscored Independence 36-18 in the second half en route to a 60-35 win in the first round on Feb. 17. Jalynn Graham, who scored 22 points against the 76ers, has averaged 16 points in the last five games.

"Jalynn is a good driver and good on the boards," said Bassett-Smith, who plays on the AAU's Ohio Lady Jayhawks with Graham during the summer. "She's one of the players we're going to have to focus on."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Liberty, Olentangy and Orange girls basketball teams:

LIBERTY

Feb. 17 - Defeated Worthington Kilbourne 39-26 in first round of Division I district tournament. Allyson VanGundy had 10 points.

Feb. 24 - Pickerington North in second round, 8 p.m. at Hamilton Township. Winner plays Upper Arlington or Watkins Memorial in district semifinal, 6 p.m. March 1 at Olentangy Liberty. District semifinal winner vs. Central Crossing, Dublin Scioto, Logan or Olentangy Orange in district final, 4 p.m. March 5 at Liberty.

Of note: The Patriots are 5-16 overall and finished 3-11 (tied for seventh) in the OCC-Cardinal.

OLENTANGY

Feb. 15 - Defeated Columbus South 73-10 in first round of Division II district tournament. Katie Heath, Brooke Zwayer and Jamie Richardson each scored in double figures, and the Braves made six 3-pointers.

Feb. 18 - Defeated Big Walnut 53-31 in regular-season game rescheduled from Feb. 1. Jamie Richardson had 10 points.

Feb. 23 - Played Hamilton Township in second round of tournament. Winner plays Hartley or Lakewood in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 1 at Pickerington North. District semifinal winner vs. Bexley, DeSales, Hilliard Bradley or Licking Valley in district final, 8:30 p.m. March 3 at Ohio Dominican.

Of note: The Braves were 18-3 overall before Feb. 23 and finished 12-2 (first) in the OCC-Cardinal.

ORANGE

Feb. 17 - Defeated Westland 75-16 in first round of Division I district tournament. Ashley Bassett-Smith had 15 points and Kayla Young added 11 points.

Feb. 24 - Central Crossing in second round, 8 p.m. at Westerville Central. Winner plays Dublin Scioto or Logan in district semifinal, 8 p.m. March 1 at Liberty. District semifinal winner vs. Liberty, Pickerington North, Upper Arlington or Watkins Memorial in district final, 4 p.m. March 5 at Liberty.

Of note: The Pioneers are 19-2 overall and finished 13-1 (first) in the OCC-Capital.