Girls Basketball – Div. IV District Final

Shekinah Christian ends Worthington Christian’s season

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Worthington Christian's Gabi Benalcazar (30) looks up at the scoreboard next to teammate Allie Custer (1) during the fourth quarter of a Division IV district final game against Shekinah Christian at Westerville Central High School on March 2. Shekinah Christian won 48-35.

The Worthington Christian High School girls basketball team had its hopes of winning a district title for the first time since 2004 end Friday, March 2.

Second-seeded Shekinah Christian, which also defeated Worthington Christian during the regular season, beat the fifth-seeded Warriors 55-43 at Westerville Central to win a Division IV district championship.

Worthington Christian, which last was a district runner-up in 2005 when it competed in Division III, finished 14-8.

“We had our chances, but they ended up stretching out the lead to the teens,” Warriors coach Adam Heath said. “They really won the game on the boards. For a team that shoots as well as they do, you can’t give them extra chances.”

Shekinah Christian improved to 18-4 and will play Newark Catholic in a regional semifinal at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Pickerington North. The regional final is 7:30 p.m. March 10 at North.

Audrey Rettstatt had 13 points, Ali Spayde scored 10 and Abbie Moss and Kelsey Morgan each added eight for Worthington Christian.

The Warriors were district semifinalists in Heath’s first season a year ago.

“We had them in foul trouble, but whenever we had chances, they shot it well,” Heath said. “They always do, but they really did tonight.”