Girls Basketball - Div. I district final

Reynoldsburg wins third consecutive district title


The top-seeded Reynoldsburg High School girls basketball team rolled to a 56-31 win over seventh-seeded Olentangy in a Division I district final on March 3 at Olentangy Orange to capture its third consecutive district championship.

The Raiders improved to 24-0 and advanced to play Canton McKinley in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Otterbein University. Olentangy had its 15-game winning streak snapped and finished 21-3.

Adesuwa Aideyman came off the bench to lead Reynoldsburg with 18 points.

“She’s done that for us in every game in the tournament for us, I think,” Raiders coach Jack Purtell said. “Adesuwa is a weapon the way she comes into the game when everyone else is getting tired. She played great."

Destini Cooper had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Alyssa Rice had 13 points and six rebounds, as Reynoldsburg never trailed.

Brooke Zwayer had 10 points to lead Olentangy, which had 26 turnovers, including 14 in the first half.

“They put a lot of pressure on us and it’s hard to beat them when you turn the ball over so much,” Braves coach John Feasel said. “You can’t give a good team like that so many easy baskets, and that’s what our turnovers led to.”

Cooper and Rice also gave Olentangy problems on the defensive end, as they held the Braves' post players, Megan Beidelman and Lydia Hyberg, scoreless. Cooper finished with four steals and two blocked shots and Rice had two blocks.

Reynoldsburg led 9-4 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 23-13 by halftime. The Raiders scored the first six points in the second half to increase their advantage to 29-13 midway through the third quarter.

Despite the lopsided win, Purtell would like to see his team shoot better. The Raiders were 24-for-57 from the field (42 percent).

“We missed a lot of shots tonight, but I give credit to Olentangy for a lot of that,” Purtell said. “It’s a credit to our kids. They have worked so hard and worked hard since they were little. I’m thrilled that they get to advance to another regional.”