At the beginning of the season, Jane Windler took a good look at what the Odita sisters did for the Upper Arlington High School girls basketball team during the 1980s.

At the beginning of the season, Jane Windler took a good look at what the Odita sisters did for the Upper Arlington High School girls basketball team during the 1980s.

The senior post player never dreamed she would join them as the team's all-time leading rebounders.

With 627 career rebounds, Windler overtook Peggy Odita (602 from 1983-86) as the team's second leading rebounder and is closing in on leader Betsy Odita (666 from 1985-89).

"I didn't know (I was up that high on the list)," said Windler, whose team improved to 19-1 overall after defeating Marion-Franklin 73-38 in the first round of the Division I tournament Feb. 18 at Hilliard Davidson and Westland 74-26 in the regular season finale last Saturday. "I was looking at (the rebounding list) the other day, and they had a ton of rebounds. I never thought I would be compared to them."

How well the Bears rebound the ball could dictate just how far third-seeded Upper Arlington goes in the tournament. UA faced Westland for the second time in six days last Wednesday in the second round. The winner plays either Reynoldsburg or Chillicothe in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Monday at Olentangy Liberty.

"Nothing is more important to us than rebounding," coach Chris Savage said. "We have to do a better job of boxing out. (Against Marion-Franklin) we weren't truly boxing out as much as we were just standing in front of someone."

Upper Arlington averaged 31.22 rebounds a game with Windler averaging 9.9. However against Marion-Franklin, Windler was held to just one rebound while scoring nine points.

Savage wasn't pleased with his team's effort against the Red Devils, who finished 9-12.

"I saw a lot of lack of focus. We weren't making sharp passes or running the floor well," Savage said. "We weren't as aggressive going after the basketball. We have to play better if we're going to go far in the tournament."

If the Bears reach a semifinal, they face either the Raiders or the Cavaliers, two teams who used to be in a league with UA, but have not played the Bears this season. Reynoldsburg was 16-5 after defeating West 88-24 on Feb. 17. T'Sherra Lucas had 22 points, Aliyah Zantt had 14 points and Kacia Grant scored 11.

Chillicothe improved to 12-8 overall after outlasting Logan 59-50 on Feb. 17. In that game Holly Lemay scored a season-high 25 points and hit five critical free throws in the fourth quarter.

"We have to get stronger in the post," senior guard Ashley Stuart said. "When we play teams like Reynoldsburg or Chillicothe, we're going to have to be aggressive."

The Bears' balanced attack averages 55.95 points a game and presents a considerable challenge to whoever they face. Since a 45-42 loss to Thomas Worthington on Jan. 22, UA has had at least three players with 10 points or more in every game except its 48-31 win over Central Crossing on Feb. 2.

Sarah Hobbs (10.7) and Windler (10.4) are averaging in double figures and Mary Corbett is averaging 9.2 points a game.

"Balanced scoring is one thing we count on," Savage said. "That's one thing I love about this team. You get on them a little bit and they focus and get back into the game."

At a glance

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

Feb. 18 -- Defeated Marion-Franklin 73-38 in first round of district tournament. The Bears outscored the Red Devils 22-8 in the third quarter. Sarah Hobbs (17 points), Mary Corbett (14) and Ashley Stuart (10) all scored in double figures.

*Last Saturday -- Def. Westland 74-26. The Bears outscored the Cougars 16-2 in the first quarter. Jane Windler had 11 points and eight rebounds and Shannon Flower added 10 points. Thirteen players scored for the Bears.

Last Wednesday -- Played Westland in second round of district tournament.

Monday -- Last Wednesday's winner vs. Reynoldsburg or Chillicothe in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. at Olentangy Liberty. The district championship is at 1 p.m. on March 6 at Olentangy Liberty. Possible opponents include Olentangy Orange, Dublin Jerome, Hilliard Darby or Brookhaven

Of note: The Bears were 19-1 overall before last Wednesday and finished 13-1 (first) in OCC-Central.

*OCC-Central game