The Pickerington High School North girls basketball team ended the regular season with a sound win, leading Central by as many as 12 points in the first half and pulling away from the visiting Tigers in the second half to win 53-40 on Feb. 11.
Jordan Toohey scored 10 points in limited minutes and Aubrey Lukacsko added nine for the Panthers, who were 12-10 overall before playing host to Dublin Scioto on Feb. 19 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
North finished 8-6 in the OCC-Ohio Division and Central went 9-5.
Taylor Johnson scored a game-high 16 points for Central. The game originally was scheduled for Jan. 28, but was postponed because of bad weather.
"Usually we start out slow but we came out quick on them," said Toohey, who returned from a left ACL injury in mid-January and is playing about 10 minutes per game. "We had a good defensive plan."
The Panthers were seeded 14th in the district tournament. Scioto was 43rd.
The first-round winner plays seventh-seeded Westerville North, 30th-seeded Dublin Jerome or 35th-seeded Independence in a district semifinal Feb. 27 at Jonathan Alder.
Central routes Orange in tourney opener
Fifth-seeded Central sprinted to a 35-point halftime lead and routed visiting 42nd-seeded Olentangy Orange 74-33 in a Division I district tournament first-round game Feb. 17.
Katrina Williams had 23 points, Taylor Johnson scored 19 and Amari Hawkins added 12 for the Tigers, who improved to 16-7. Central led 25-5 after the first quarter and 49-14 at halftime.
The Tigers advanced to play 44th-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley in a second-round game Feb. 19. The winner plays 13th-seeded Olentangy or 34th-seeded Logan in a district semifinal Feb. 27 at Hamilton Township.