For the first time since 2003, the Ready High School girls basketball team failed to reach at least a Division III district semifinal. The Silver Knights lost 44-38 to third-seeded North Union in a second-round tournament game last Tuesday at Delaware.

For the first time since 2003, the Ready High School girls basketball team failed to reach at least a Division III district semifinal. The Silver Knights lost 44-38 to third-seeded North Union in a second-round tournament game last Tuesday at Delaware.

After a blowout victory over Columbus School for Girls (59-35 on Feb. 20) in their postseason opener, the Silver Knights committed seven fourth-quarter turnovers and watched as the Wildcats went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.

Foul trouble for senior post player Taylor Riggs also hurt Ready. She picked up her second foul with three minutes remaining in the opening quarter, and by the time she returned to start the third quarter, her team trailed 18-11.

The Silver Knights rallied for a 29-28 lead with 6 minutes, 14 seconds remaining and led 33-30 with 4:57 left, but could not hold the advantage.

Riggs finished with 14 points, Courtney Neff had 10 and Alyssa Zag added eight for the Silver Knights, who finished 11-10 overall.

North Union went 18-for-21 from the foul line overall.

"You can't have 22 turnovers against a team with the ability they have," coach Joe Lang said. "The only thing that kept us in the game was our defensive effort. You can't come out and get starters in foul trouble and have them sit the whole second quarter."

During its two regular-season games against CSG, Ready enjoyed double-digit victories.

The Silver Knights' third win over the Unicorns was by an even bigger margin. They took advantage of having the game postponed until Feb. 20 by working on a game plan to shut down guards Enri Small and Imani Caldwell.

The result was that Small picked up her third foul late in the first quarter and Ready cruised to a 59-35 first-round Division III tournament victory at Pickerington North.

"I thought we had a good game plan, and obviously with us getting postponed twice we had plenty of time to prepare for (CSG)," coach Joe Lang said. "Small got her third foul in the first quarter, and that was huge. It was 35-13 at the half and was pretty much over."

Ready entered the second-round game coming off its most lopsided win since it beat Yellow Springs/McKinney 64-20 on Dec. 1. Riggs shot 5-for-9 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the free-throw line to finish with 16 points. Courtney Neff added nine points and seven assists. Dani Pugh contributed four assists and 10 players scored.

Mandy Lane also appeared in her second game since spraining an ankle in late January.

•The wrestling team advanced four from the Division III sectional tournament at Utica to the district tournament last Friday and last Saturday at Heath. The top four finishers at district qualify for the state tournament Thursday through Saturday in Ohio State's Schottenstein Center.

Josh Hall (112 pounds) led the way at the sectional by going 3-0 to finish first as he improved to 34-4 overall. Also moving on to district were Albert Rozman (second at 130), David Martello (second at 140) and Casey Beatty (third at 171).

"It feels pretty good knowing that I'm a No. 1 seed going into district," Hall said. "I think we kind of underachieved as a team a little bit to only (finish tied for fifth). It would have been nice to get a couple more guys out."

•The fourth-seeded boys basketball team opened the postseason last Saturday at Newark against Columbus Academy.

The Vikings improved to 9-12 with a 73-43 win over Northmor in a first-round tournament game. Ready beat the Vikings 60-57 on Dec. 22 as Joe Graessle finished with 17 points and Cody Culbertson added 10.

The winner likely faces eighth-seeded Grandview, the MSL-Cardinal Division runner-up which is 15-5 overall, on Wednesday in the Fairgrounds Coliseum in a district semifinal. The Bobcats played East Knox last Saturday at Newark in a second-round contest.

•The bowling program advanced its girls team and Mike Zerrien from the boys squad from the sectional tournament on Feb. 19 at Eastland Lanes.

Ready competed in the district tournament last Saturday at HP Lanes, where the top three teams and top three individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Friday and Saturday at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe.

Among the individual district qualifiers, Zerrien was fourth at the sectional with a 598. The girls team was led by Julie George (466) and Allison Lichwa (450) as it earned the final district-qualifying berth.

"The girls were in seventh after the first game and I thought it was a good learning experience for all of them," coach Russ Rehner said. "Mike was one we were hoping to get out for the boys team."