The Hartley High School girls basketball team won its first district championship since 2001, defeating CCL rival DeSales 53-44 on March 1 in a Division II district final at Gahanna.
Hartley improved to 21-4 and will play Millersburg West Holmes or Zanesville Maysville in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. on March 5 at Zanesville. DeSales finished 17-9.
Senior post player Marissa Brown and junior guard Taylor Kilgore-Barr each scored a game-high 13 points and senior post player Janna Motton added 12 points for Hartley, who led 23-17 at halftime, but had to withstand a furious rally from DeSales late in the third quarter before taking control for good with an 11-3 run.
“Our kids, our players, they’ve come so far this year,” Hartley coach Mike Lanza said. “They just bought in to what we were trying to tell them as far as what we needed to do to be successful. When they bought in, it was all downhill from there. They just started doing the things we knew would make them successful. This team has been so much fun to coach.”
The Hawks have defeated the Stallions six consecutive times, including wins of 41-33 on Jan. 12 and 31-30 on Feb. 9. The latter forged a three-way tie for the CCL championship with DeSales and Watterson.
Sophomore guard Carli Codner-Pinto had 12 points for DeSales and senior guard Miranda Johnson added eight points.