ADA -- For the third consecutive season, the Worthington Christian High School boys basketball team had its season end in a Division III regional semifinal.
The Warriors, who were without senior point guard Sam Condon and three other senior backups that were on a school mission trip to the Dominican Republic, lost to Lima Central Catholic 64-37 on March 13 at Ohio Northern University.
Worthington Christian, which also lost to the Thunderbirds in a 2012 regional semi, finished 18-8.
“Playing without our point guard was fairly challenging,” coach Kevin Weakley said. “They did what we wanted to do. They didn’t let us move and obviously they’re really athletic. The game was really pretty much in hand for them in the second quarter.”
The Thunderbirds improved to 22-4 and will play Ottawa-Glandorf in a regional final March 15 at Bowling Green.
Central Catholic led 15-8 by the end of the first period.
In the second quarter, Warriors forward Johnny Wordlaw scored six points but the Thunderbirds’ Tre Cobbs hit three 3-pointers and teammate Martyce Kimbrough had six points.
Kimbrough, a 6-1 senior who has signed with the University of Indianapolis, scored his 1,000th career point on a basket that gave the Thunderbirds a 38-14 halftime lead.
Kimbrough finished with 18 points and four assists, Xavier Simpson had 14 points, seven assists and four steals and Cobbs added 13 points and five steals, including going 3-for-6 from 3-point range for Central Catholic.
Without Condon, who averaged a team-best 14 points and made second-team all-district, the Warriors were led by junior forward Johnny Wordlaw (13 points, four rebounds) and sophomore forward Dominick Holsten (six points, two assists).