Defeating an overmatched West team 88-24 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament at Hamilton Township High School on Feb. 17 represented just one step up the postseason ladder for the Reynoldsburg High School girls basketball team.

Defeating an overmatched West team 88-24 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament at Hamilton Township High School on Feb. 17 represented just one step up the postseason ladder for the Reynoldsburg High School girls basketball team.

The sixth-seeded Raiders improved to 16-5 and advanced to a matchup against Chillicothe last Wednesday at Hamilton Township. The winner will play in a district semifinal Monday at Olentangy Liberty High School against the winner of last Wednesday's game between third-seeded Upper Arlington and Westland.

The Golden Bears improved to 18-1 with their 73-38 thrashing of Marion-Franklin and seemed to be on a course to meet Reynoldsburg in Monday's semifinal.

UA defeated that same Westland team 74-26 in a regular-season makeup game last Saturday and was 19-1 entering last Wednesday's tournament game.

T'Shera Lucas scored 22 points for the Raiders in the win over West and averages a team-high 16.5 points per contest.

"They're the talk of central Ohio and only have one loss this season," Lucas said of Upper Arlington. "They will bring their 'A' game and we'll bring ours."

Sarah Hobbs (17 points), Mary Corbett (14 points) and Ashley Stuart (10 points) scored in double figures for the Golden Bears against Marion-Franklin. Jane Windler scored a game-high 11 points last Saturday and is another key player for Upper Arlington.

"Ashley Stuart is a quick point guard, a senior and is a good player," Reynoldsburg coach JackPurtell said. "And Jane Windler is athletic and works hard. Their shooters are good and their skills are good. Any time a team goes the whole season with just one loss, you know they're a team that gets used to winning."

The Golden Bears dethroned Dublin Coffman this season and won the OCC-Central Division title, their first league championship since 2004.

The Raiders are used to winning as well. They have advanced to a district final five times since 2001, but haven't won a district championship since back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992.

This season's team is focused on winning that elusive title. A victory over Chillicothe last Wednesday would set up the showdown against UA, which was ranked eighth in Ohio in the final state poll.

"Ashley Stuart is a quick slasher," said senior Aryelle Covington said, who leads the Raiders in rebounding, averaging 8.8 per game. "We will have to come to play every time out."

The Raiders raced out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back against West.

Lucas (22 points), sophomore Aliyah Zantt (14 points) and junior Kacia Grant (11 points) reached double-figures scoring and all 12 players on the roster scored.

Reynoldsburg led 48-9 at the half and substituted extensively throughout the game. The starters sat out most of the second half.

"Everyone on the team got to play and that will give everyone confidence," Covington said.

The game was the fourth time this season the Raiders scored 80 points or more. The 88 points is their season-high total.

At a glance

Below are recent results and the coming schedule for the Reynoldsburg girls basketball team:

February 17 -- Defeated West 88-24 at Hamilton Township High School in opening round of Division I district tournament. T'Shera Lucas scored a game-high 22 points in just over two quarters of play. All 12 players on the Raiders roster scored.

Last Wednesday -- Played Chillicothe in second round of Division I district tournament at Hamilton Township. The Cavaliers defeated Logan 59-50 in opening round on Feb. 17. The winner will advance to a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Olentangy Liberty and will face either Upper Arlington or Westland, who also played last Wednesday.

Of note: The Raiders were 16-5 before last Wednesday's game.