The Westerville Central High School boys basketball team enters the Division I district tournament hoping to prove it's better than its 10-10 record indicates.

The Westerville Central High School boys basketball team enters the Division I district tournament hoping to prove it's better than its 10-10 record indicates.

The Warhawks play Logan in the first round at 7:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, at Jonathan Alder.

The winner plays eighth-seeded Westerville South or Teays Valley at 7:45 Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Jonathan Alder. That winner plays in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. March 7 at Jonathan Alder against fourth-seeded Pickerington Central, Dublin Jerome or Groveport.

Central bounced back from a 70-65 home loss to Grove City on Feb. 14 to defeat Dublin Jerome 57-47 in its regular-season finale Feb. 17. Jared Edens, Christian Graves, Eric James and Max Shawver each scored 11 points.

The Warhawks finished fourth in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 7-7, behind Olentangy Liberty (12-2) and South and Westerville North (both 11-3).

Liberty is seeded third and North is seeded fifth for the district tournament.

"I think most people know right now that we are better than 10-10," coach Todd Minney said. "We've given away a couple games. There's been about four of them of us just making some poor decisions at the end of a game."

Against Jerome, Central trailed 10-9 after one quarter before outscoring the Celtics 22-8 in the second. The Warhawks led 42-33 after three quarters.

"The team is playing real well," Edens said.

Logan is 7-13. Seniors Luke Miller and Ronnie Webb and juniors Gaven Jourdan and Tristan Myers are the Chieftains' top players.

Central and Logan have one common opponent this season - each lost to sixth-seeded Newark. The Warhawks lost 76-68 on Dec. 28 and Logan lost 52-49 on Dec. 10.

"They're a team that played Newark really close," Minney said. "I don't think their league (Southeastern Ohio Athletic League) is nearly as good as our league is, but on any given night anyone can play, so we just want to make sure we put our kids in the best position that they can be in to have some success at the end of that game and move on to the next (against South or Teays Valley)."

South improved to 16-4 by beating Liberty 58-57 on Feb. 17 on Stephen O'Daniel's 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Warhawks beat Liberty 49-46 on Feb. 10 on Graves' 3-pointer as time expired.

South swept the regular-season series with Central, winning 70-68 on Dec. 6 and 52-50 on Jan. 20.

Along with O'Daniel, other key players for South are senior Isiah Rogers and junior Marcus Ball.

"We're always looking forward to playing South," Edens said. "We played them twice this season and lost by a combined four points. We're always looking to play a rival team, especially in the tournament. To knock them off would be a huge win for our team."

Teays Valley, a member of the MSL-Buckeye, improved to 6-14 by beating Hamilton Township 56-32 on Feb. 17. Key players for the Vikings are Asa Featherstone, Grant Gilliland, Jamaal Glick, Colin Graves and Tyler Primmer.

•The girls team finished 0-21 overall, losing to second-seeded Pickerington North 75-25 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 16 at Hilliard Davidson.

Central trailed 14-9 after one quarter.

"The defense we played in the first quarter, that's how we want to play," first-year coach Jamiya Pride said. "We never want to quit, no matter what the score is in the game of basketball whether you're down 20 or 30 points."

Junior Megan Mills led Central with 11 points.

"We have a lot of the same team coming back, except for three seniors, so we have a lot of work to do in the offseason," Mills said.

Central finished eighth in the OCC-Cardinal at 0-14 behind Olentangy (14-0), Dublin Scioto (11-3), North (9-5), South (8-6), Jerome (8-6), Liberty (5-9) and Marysville (2-12).

Pride will have to replace seniors Hannah Hetterscheidt, Pam Iacobucci and Carly Morris.

Mills, who averaged a team-high 12.3 points and was second-team all-league, should be the top returning player next season.

Freshman point guard Andrea Hodge averaged 6.0 points and was honorable mention all-league.

"Of course, you never want to end the season without a win, but I look at all the things I should have done, I could have done, it all doesn't matter," Pride said. "At the end of the day, I know what we did in practices and unfortunately we're just not ready to compete every day offensively and defensively. We have a lot of pieces, but we just haven't quite made them fit."