The Worthington Christian High School boys basketball team was stymied by a 1-2-2 pressure defense during a 15-point loss to Ready earlier this season.
In the rematch in a Division III district final March 7 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum, Worthington Christian handled a similar strategy by Ready and the reward was a 46-38 victory and a second consecutive district title.
Worthington Christian improved to 17-8 and will play Versailles in a regional semifinal at 5:30 p.m. March 13 at Kettering Fairmont.
“The first time we played (Ready), they killed us with that 1-2-2 full-court press,” said junior guard Sam Condon, whose team lost to Ready 49-34 on Jan. 5. “Us and Ready have a big history and we wanted revenge for that first game.”
Condon also played a big part in the win, scoring on a layup with 1 minute, 52 seconds remaining to give Worthington Christian a 40-38 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish.
Ready had committed just three second-half fouls by the time Worthington Christian senior guard A.C. Taylor scored with 1:10 left to make it 42-38.
The Silver Knights had three opportunities to rebound missed shots during the final minute, but each time the ball bounced out of bounds off one of their players.
Taylor and sophomore forward John Routzahn each scored nine for Worthington Christian.
Ready finished 14-11 and was led by junior forward Josh Gantz, who scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds.