The eighth-seeded Westerville South High School boys basketball team had a first-round bye and will play Olentangy or Westerville North on Friday at Olentangy Orange in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

The eighth-seeded Westerville South High School boys basketball team had a first-round bye and will play Olentangy or Westerville North on Friday at Olentangy Orange in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

South played both twice during the regular season in OCC-Cardinal Division games. The Wildcats, who defeated Olentangy Liberty 61-49 last Friday in the regular-season finale, finished second in the OCC-Cardinal at 12-2 behind Dublin Scioto (14-0).

South defeated Olentangy 68-57 on Jan. 9 and 67-57 on Feb. 13 and North 46-42 Jan. 6 and 53-49 Feb. 6. Part of coach Ed Calo's job going into Friday's game will be making sure his team takes nothing for granted.

"It's all how you handle it," Calo said. "Are they going to come out complacent and is the other team going to come out hungry and wanting it more? We're not good enough to overlook anybody."

North presents a matchup problem with 6-foot-6 forward Ralph Hill, who averages 18.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks. Hill scored 16 points in the first meeting with South and 24 in the rematch, including three 3-pointers.

South has won more convincingly against Olentangy, but in the first game Olentangy led 34-33 at halftime. The Braves were able to get a balanced scoring load in that first game, with 6-7 forward Raphael Carter-Nowling scoring 12 points and Matt Huter and Mitchell Girberd scoring 10.

In the last meeting, South blitzed the Braves early, leading 20-4, and then used that cushion to hang on for the win. The Wildcats, who have won 11 of their last 12, have been able to win the battle underneath the basket lately with the activeness of 6-4 forward Olumide Olanrewaju. He's been an example of how much South has been able to rely on its first-year varsity players as the season has moved along.

"I was thinking a lot out there before," said Olanrewaju, who had 14 points and seven rebounds last Friday. "I'm out there now and things are just coming naturally."

The winner Friday will play ninth-seeded Gahanna, Dresden Tri-Valley, Teays Valley or Westland in a district semifinal March 7 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

•The girls team lost to Upper Arlington 53-44 on Feb. 18 in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

The Wildcats finished 14-7 overall and 11-3 in the OCC-Cardinal, second to Scioto (14-0) and ahead of Dublin Jerome (9-5), Liberty (8-6), North (5-9), Olentangy (5-9), Marysville (3-11) and Westerville Central (1-13).

"You win twice as many as you lose, this team didn't give up," said coach Jeff Brenning. "We could have folded the tent at 2-4. We've still got to do a better job defensively, and we need to get a little stronger."

South will lose senior point guard Katherine Calo and senior forward Sara Bace. Calo had been the starting point guard for three seasons. She will be replaced by freshman Morgan Neighbors, who usually was the first perimeter player off the bench. Bace shared time in the starting lineup with junior Lauren Kesselring.

Kesselring is one of seven juniors. Also expected to return are juniors Alyssa Allen, Shanae` Ash, Caitlin Boroff, Cierra Jackson, Sarah Myles and Brooke Robbins. Freshman Rylee Holman also is expected back.

Ash and Myles were the main perimeter scoring threats and Robbins was a versatile forward who gave opponents problems. Robbins being slowed by injury in the second half against UA was a factor in that game, UA coach Chris Savage said.

"She was a matchup problem for us," Savage said. "She can hit 3s and can draw out bigger posts. We were able to play a little more our style with her out and (South) going to a more conventional lineup."

At a glance

GIRLS

•Record: 14-7 overall, 11-3 (second) in OCC-Cardinal

•Seniors lost: Sara Bace and Katherine Calo

•Key returnees: Shanae` Ash, Sarah Myles, Morgan Neighbors and Brooke Robbins

At a glance

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

*Last Friday -- Defeated Olentangy Liberty 61-49. Traevon Jackson and Olumide Olanrewaju scored 14 points.

Friday -- At Olentangy Orange vs. Olentangy or Westerville North in second round of Division I district tournament. The winner will play ninth-seeded Gahanna, Dresden Tri-Valley, Teays Valley or Westland in a district semifinal March 7 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Eighth-seeded South had a first-round bye.

Of note: The Wildcats are 16-4 overall and finished 12-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.