After a 3-4 start, the Westerville North High School girls basketball team was at a crossroads.

After a 3-4 start, the Westerville North High School girls basketball team was at a crossroads.

The Warriors had just lost 45-39 to Westerville South in an OCC-Cardinal Division home game Jan. 6.

"They were pretty crushed by that loss and we were 3-4 and didn't know where we were going," coach Jim Kloepfer said after his team's 65-41 win over Teays Valley on Feb. 18 in a first-round Division I district game at Olentangy. "I got the seniors together and told them they could either let this season fall apart or get going and make something of it. Now we're 13-7 and they've been having a lot of fun."

Since then, the Warriors have won 10 of 13 and have a chance to avenge two of their losses at 6:15 p.m. today in a second-round game at Westerville Central against South. North also lost to the Wildcats 53-36 on Feb. 4.

"I think North will be very aggressive defensively and be ready to play," South coach Jeff Brenning said. "They always have played physical and will be ready to battle."

Kloepfer said his team will be excited to play the Wildcats for a third time.

In the first meeting, North led much of the game before a fourth-quarter rally allowed the Wildcats to take the lead and ice the game with free throws in the final minute. Then, after a slow start in the second meeting, South ran away with the game.

"They got some easy looks against us last time," Kloepfer said. "(Brooke) Robbins was so aggressive last time and hurt us. And Shanae' (Ash) and (Sarah) Myles were hitting their shots."

Ash and Robbins finished with 12 points apiece for South, which has won 12 of its last 14 games. Myles added 10 points.

Bri Clegg led North with 10 points, Caitlin Kusan added seven points and Noelle Fuller had six points, all coming on 3-pointers.

The Warriors ran away with their district opener against Teays Valley. North led 17-16 but went on a 13-4 run in the final four minutes of the first half and held the Vikings scoreless in the first 3 minutes, 58 seconds of the third quarter to gain a 42-23 edge.

"I thought we turned up our defense," Kloepfer said.

Kusan led North with 18 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. Clegg had 12 points with seven rebounds and three assists and senior Kate Denney had nine points and six rebounds. Corrine Smith had six rebounds and four steals and Taylor Evans added seven points.

The winner of today's game plays in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday against Thomas Worthington or second-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley at Olentangy Liberty. Thomas was 12-9 after beating Mount Vernon 60-45 in a first-round game Feb. 17. The Scotties are 20-0 and defeated Whetstone 75-17 in the opening round.

The district final is 7 p.m. March 6 at Liberty, with possible opponents being eighth-seeded Gahanna or fifth-seeded Northland.

The Warriors were supposed to play a non-league game last Saturday at home against Columbus East, but the Tigers opted out of the game.

"They had a tournament game (last Tuesday) and had not practiced in a week or so because of the weather and didn't want to risk someone getting hurt," Kloepfer said of a game that was originally postponed because of bad weather Feb. 9.

•The boys team opens Division I district play with a second-round game against Grove City or Dublin Scioto at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Worthington Christian. Scioto and Grove City played a first-round game last Tuesday.

The Warriors, who were seeded sixth, lost to Hilliard Davidson 62-51 in overtime last monday to close the regular season at 16-4.

They did not play Grove City, which was 12-7 before last Tuesday.

Scioto was 5-15 before last Tuesday. The Irish lost to North 63-50 on Dec. 18 and 57-26 on Jan. 29.

The winner plays in a district semifinal at 2:30 p.m. March 6 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Lancaster, 11th-seeded Brookhaven, Newark or seventh-seeded Mount Vernon.

The district final is at 12:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Fairgrounds with possible opponents being second-seeded Gahanna, Reynoldsburg or Beechcroft.

At a glance

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

BOYS

*Last Friday -- Defeated Olentangy 62-39. Kenny DeBoer led with 13 points, Ralph Hill added 11 points and Brad Nettles had 10 points.

Last Saturday -- Def. New Albany 54-51 in overtime in a game postponed from Feb. 9. Hill scored 21 points, Johnny Hochstetler added 11 points and Nettles had 10 points, including a 48-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Last Monday -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 62-51 in overtime

Friday -- At Worthington Christian in a Division I second-round district game at 6:15 p.m. against Grove City or Dublin Scioto. The winner will play at 2:30 p.m. March 6 in a district semifinal in the Fairgrounds Coliseum against Lancaster, 11th-seeded Brookhaven, Newark or seventh-seeded Mount Vernon.

Of note: The Warriors are 16-4 overall and finished 11-3 in the OCC-Cardinal behind champion Westerville South at 14-0.

GIRLS

Feb. 18 -- Defeated Teays Valley 61-45 in a first-round Division I district tournament game

Last Saturday-- Game at home vs. Columbus East was canceled

Today -- At Westerville Central against South in a second-round district game at 6:15 p.m. The second-round winner plays at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Olentangy Liberty in a district semifinal against Thomas Worthington or second-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley. The district final is at 7 p.m. March 6 at Liberty.

Of note: The Warriors are 13-7 overall and finished 9-5 in the OCC-Cardinal behind co-champions Dublin Scioto and Olentangy at 11-3.

*OCC-Cardinal game