Whether the meeting takes place as a regular season non-conference game, a battle for an OCC Division title or in the Division I district tournament, the Pickerington High School Central girls basketball team is no stranger to playing Dublin Scioto.

Whether the meeting takes place as a regular season non-conference game, a battle for an OCC Division title or in the Division I district tournament, the Pickerington High School Central girls basketball team is no stranger to playing Dublin Scioto.

Today, the 10th-seeded Tigers play the ninth-seeded Irish in the second round of the district tournament at Dublin Jerome. The game is a rematch of a regular-season contest and is the latest chapter in a series history that began in 2005-06 when the teams shared the OCC-Cardinal title at 9-1.

Two seasons later, Central beat Scioto 70-62 in a district final. Central beat Scioto 54-42 on Jan. 16 at the All-Ohio Prep Shoot-Out.

"We're looking at this game from a familiarity standpoint," Central coach Wade Brockwell said. "We know some of the things they do and their personnel. We expect Scioto to play hard. We are on a roll right now and hopefully we can keep it going against a good basketball team."

Central won its tournament opener on Feb. 18 against Watkins Memorial 80-31 as Jasmine Henshaw scored a season-high 27 points.

The Tigers are winners of 10 of their last 11 games with the loss coming to the state's No. 1 ranked team, Pickerington North, 48-36 on Jan. 26.

"We've gotten more confident and we're better defensively," said Brockwell, whose team is 14-6 overall. "We're playing more as a team. Not that we weren't doing that before, but we're moving the ball extremely well on offense."

Scioto improved to 15-4 overall after beating Groveport 64-48 in the first round of the district tournament on Feb. 18. The Irish have five seniors in their starting lineup that led Scioto to a share of the OCC-Cardinal title with Olentangy at 11-3.

The last time Scioto featured five seniors in its starting lineup was 2007. The Irish won a district title that season before losing to Pickerington North 54-42 in a regional final.

"These five seniors have lived and breathed it and they're certainly aware of the expectations and I wouldn't trade that for the world," said coach Todd Hardesty, who in the last six seasons has a record of 120-19.

Leading Scioto's effort is senior guard Katie Papesh (5-foot-8) and senior forward Lindsey Kell (6-0). Papesh's ability to score from the perimeter has Brockwell concerned.

"Kate Papesh is one of the better shooters in the city," Brockwell said.

Central has its own guard making noise on the offensive end. Senior Amy Buccilla leads the Tigers, averaging 13.4 points per game.

Buccilla scored 24 points twice in Central's last five games, helping the Tigers defeat Gahanna 48-42 on Jan. 29 and Newark 43-39 on Feb. 13.

"She's on fire lately," Brockwell said. "It's like the basket is huge for her. She is in a zone."

Buccilla's offensive output has been helped by Henshaw's performance in the frontcourt. Henshaw is averaging 8.9 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds.

"Having that inside-outside game is big," Brockwell said. "We play our offense and we take advantage of what our opponents are doing. When we shoot from the perimeter it opens things up inside and when we play well inside it opens things up on the outside. That's been big for us right now."

•DISTRICT SEMIS -- The winner of today's game advances to a district semifinal Tuesday at Olentangy Liberty against seventh-seeded New Albany or Hilliard Davidson.

New Albany beat Grove City 62-40 in the first round on Feb. 18 and beat Big Walnut 54-44 last Saturday to extend its winning streak to 13 games before today's matchup against Davidson. Last Saturday's win over Big Walnut handed New Albany its first OCC-Capital title at 13-1. The Eagles, which are led by twins Hannah and Haley Robertson, are competing in their first Division I district tournament. Last season, New Albany was seeded second in Division II and lost a district title game to top-seeded Eastmoor Academy 61-54.

Davidson, which is led by senior guard Addie Goodwin (5-7), lost to Dublin Coffman 38-36 last Saturday to fall to 11-9 overall.

"We've struggled a little bit with our offensive production," Davidson coach Lisa Cady said. "A few possessions made a big difference in the losses to Darby and UA."

Central's Shelby Porter drives around Sam Evener of Watkins Memorial in first-round action in the Division I district tournament. The Tigers rolled 80-31.

At a glance

Below are recent results and coming schedules for the Central and North girls basketball teams:

CENTRAL

Feb. 18 -- Defeated Watkins Memorial 80-31 in first round of Division I district tournament. Jasmine Henshaw scored 27.

Today -- At Dublin Jerome vs. ninth-seeded Dublin Scioto in second round of district tournament. Central beat Scioto 54-42 on Jan. 16 behind 16 points from Marley Hill. The winner plays Tuesday at Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal against seventh-seeded New Albany or Hilliard Davidson. A district final is March 6 at Liberty.

Of note: The Tigers are 14-6.

NORTH

Feb. 17 -- Def. Franklin Heights 75-11 in first round of Division I district tournament. Kavunaa Edwards scored 17.

Last Wednesday -- Played Briggs in second round of district tournament. The winner plays Tuesday at Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal against Marysville or Watterson. A district final is March 6 at Liberty.

Of note: The Panthers were 20-1 before last Wednesday.