After his team won 15 games in the regular season, Westerville Central High School boys basketball coach Todd Minney had a good feeling entering the 12th-seeded Warhawks' game against Pickerington Central last Wednesday in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

After his team won 15 games in the regular season, Westerville Central High School boys basketball coach Todd Minney had a good feeling entering the 12th-seeded Warhawks' game against Pickerington Central last Wednesday in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

"I truly believe this team has potential," said Minney, whose team never had won a tournament game entering this season. "We have outstanding guard play, our wing players are solid. We shoot the 3-pointer well. We have good size in the interior."

The Warhawks finished third at 9-5 in the OCC-Cardinal behind Dublin Scioto (14-0) and Westerville South (12-2).

The winner last Wednesday will play either 11th-seeded Mount Vernon or Thomas Worthington on Saturday at New Albany.

Mount Vernon finished the regular season at 14-6 overall and 8-4 in the OCC-Capital, good for second place behind Olentangy Orange (9-3). Key players are Russell Doup, Ben Hoar, Joe Scott, Ben Severns and Cuy Sheffield.

Thomas opened 0-6 but was 8-12 before last Wednesday's game against the Yellow Jackets. The Cardinals went 7-7 in the OCC-Central, finishing third behind Dublin Coffman (13-1) and Upper Arlington (10-4). Eric Easley, Nick Girardi and Ty Craig have been key players for Thomas.

Westerville Central and Thomas split two games last season in OCC-Central play, with the Warhawks winning 57-56 and the Cardinals winning 52-38.

"Both teams bring different things to the table," Minney said. (Thomas coach Bob Miller's) kids have been playing really strong. They have some height and great guard play. Eric Easley has been phenomenal. We played him last year and he's having a great year again this year.

"Mount Vernon has a really great point guard (Sheffield) with some really good size on the inside. These are two strong teams who have finished the year strong."

Jerrell Fernandez and Max VanMeter were named first-team all-OCC-Cardinal. Fernandez was averaging 17.9 points before last Wednesday and VanMeter was averaging 14.8.

Solomon Brown received honorable mention.

•The girls basketball team finished 4-17 overall and 1-13 in the OCC-Cardinal behind Scioto (14-0), South (11-3), Dublin Jerome (9-5), Olentangy Liberty (8-6), North (5-9), Olentangy (5-9) and Marysville (3-11).

The Warhawks lost to ninth-seeded Watterson 58-30 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 19 at Jerome. Senior Jessica Wooden scored 12 points.

Wooden, the lone senior on the team, averaged 8.6 points and was second-team all-OCC-Cardinal.

Sophomore Aly Jurcenko, who was second on the team in scoring at 7.3, is expected to lead the team next season. Other potential returnees are juniors Molly Baatz, Jasmyn Church, Allison Coppens, Natasha Hetterscheidt and Kate Lyles and sophomores Rachel Dolby, Bri Pond, Tina Overton and Tabby Walker.

"The wins may not have shown it, but we set a foundation with a lot of thing this year on and off the court that are important to establish in the first year," first-year coach Doug Etgen said. "Now we just have to get better. That's the bottom line. We all have to get better. I have to coach better, they have to get better individually and then we have to be better as a team, so we have our work cut out for us."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Central boys basketball team:

*Last Friday -- Defeated Dublin Jerome 56-54. Max VanMeter scored 19 points, Nick Vannett had 14 and JaVaughn Graves had 10.

Last Wednesday -- Played Pickerington Central in first round of Division I district tournament . The winner will play 11th-seeded Mount Vernon or Thomas Worthington in the second round Saturday at New Albany. Central is seeded 12th.

Of note: The Warhawks were 15-5 overall before last Wednesday and finished 9-5 in the OCC-Cardinal.

*OCC-Cardinal game

At a glance

GIRLS

•Record: 4-17 overall, 1-13 (eighth) in OCC-Cardinal

•Senior lost: Jessica Wooden

•Key returnees: Natasha Hetterscheidt, Aly Jurcenko and Bri Pond