With easy wins in the first two rounds of the Division I district tournament out of the way, the Reynoldsburg High School girls basketball team is prepared to face better opponents from here on out.

With easy wins in the first two rounds of the Division I district tournament out of the way, the Reynoldsburg High School girls basketball team is prepared to face better opponents from here on out.

The top-seeded Raiders improved to 22-0 with a 109-15 win over Franklin Heights in the second round of the tournament Feb. 22 at Olentangy Orange after opening with a 90-32 win over Groveport on Feb. 16.

Reynoldsburg, which is seeking its third consecutive district title, plays ninth-seeded Watterson in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Orange. The winner faces seventh-seeded Olentangy or Hilliard Bradley in a district final at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Orange.

The Raiders have not played Watterson, Olentangy or Bradley this season.

"We will have continued focus and stay disciplined," coach Jack Purtell said. "At this stage of the tournament, every possession is important. We've got to continue to play hard and aggressive and find ways to win. That's what we do."

Watterson improved to 18-4 with a 51-33 win over Hilliard Darby in the second round Feb. 22 behind 14 points apiece from 5-foot-5 point guard Ashley Andracki and 5-10 guard Kayla Cook.

Olentangy improved to 20-2 with a 70-38 win over Delaware in a second-round game Feb. 21 as 5-7 guard Nicole Payne had 14 points and 6-0 post player Megan Beidelman and 5-6 guard Gina Miccinilli both scored 12.

Other key players for the Braves include 6-3 post player Ronnie Kenley and 5-10 guard Brooke Zwayer.

"They are the No. 1 team in the (final) state (poll)," Olentangy coach John Feasel said of the Raiders. "They are pretty good at every spot, they play hard and they are well-coached."

Bradley improved to 15-7 with a 54-31 win over Lancaster in the second round on Feb. 21 as 5-8 guard Brooke Espenschied had 20 points and 5-10 post player Jasmine Junkins scored 14.

"Hilliard Bradley is very skilled and well-coached," Purtell said. "They blew out Lancaster in the second round and Lancaster beat Gahanna this season. Olentangy and Watterson are both really solid teams. Olentangy has won 20 games and Watterson 18 games. There are no more easy outs left in the tournament; no more easy games left in our district."

"We don't take anything for granted," junior point guard Yamonie Jenkins said. "We'll continue to practice, do what we do and play as a team."

The district champion will play Canton McKinley, North Canton Hoover, Uniontown Green or Wooster in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Otterbein University.

The Raiders have not played any of those teams this season.

Green upset Uniontown Lake - ranked second in the final state poll behind the Raiders - 48-47 in the second round of its district bracket on Feb. 22.

Reynoldsburg dominated Franklin Heights from start to finish, leading 36-7 after the first quarter and 63-9 at halftime, and had five players score in double figures. Sophomore post player Alyssa Rice led the way with 18 points, followed by senior guard Adesuwa Aideyman with 15, junior post player Destini Cooper and senior guard Aliyah Zantt each with 14 and freshman guard Leah Wallace with 10. Fourteen players scored in the game for Reynoldsburg.

Jenkins returned to the lineup against Franklin Heights after missing two games with a concussion. She had five points, seven assists and seven steals against the Falcons, who finished 1-19.

According to Aideyman, the game plan moving forward is simple.

"On offense, we will keep pounding the ball in the post," she said. "On defense, we'll keep our intensity because our defense can be our offense and our defense can start our offense."