The DeSales High School boys basketball team picked the right time to have perhaps its best all-around game of the season.

The DeSales High School boys basketball team picked the right time to have perhaps its best all-around game of the season.

Senior forward Charles Chandler had a career-high 31 points and seven rebounds to lead the Stallions to a 66-42 win over Buckeye Valley in a first-round Division II district tournament game Feb. 22.

The Stallions, who improved to 10-11, led 8-0 within the first 2 minutes, 49 seconds and 17-2 at the end of the first quarter. Their largest lead was 42-15 midway through the third quarter.

"We just were strong around the basket (and) we had to chase them off the 3-point line," said Chandler, the first Stallions player to score more than 20 points in a game this season. "Coach (Blair) Albright harped on that all week. That's what we did. We were physical with them. We got right up on them. I don't think they got too many easy baskets."

Senior guard Marcus Harris had 12 points and junior post player Darrien Scott added 10 for DeSales, which limited the Barons' leading scorer, senior guard Jordan Tomlinson, to eight points, half his season average.

"We knew we needed to defend the perimeter physically and be really focused on making them earn every basket they had," Albright said. "We were physical on their drives and made them work to bring the ball up the floor and try to wear them down."

DeSales advanced to play fifth-seeded Licking Heights in a second-round game at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Heath. The Hornets are 18-2 overall and went 13-1 in the MSL-Cardinal Division to win that league by three games over second-place Grandview.

Licking Heights is led by 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Alex Murphy, who averages 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Another top player is 6-4 junior center Darius Strickland, who averages 11 points and nine rebounds.

The second-round winner will play seventh-seeded Eastmoor Academy or Mifflin in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Heath. The semifinal winner will play top-seeded Jonathan Alder, 10th-seeded Licking Valley, Centennial or Columbus South in a district final March 9 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. DeSales did not play any of those teams during the regular season.

"I knew in my heart of hearts that we had a game like this within us," Albright said of the win over Buckeye Valley. "The challenge will be, can we replicate it?"

•Senior Suzanne Hrabowy of the girls swimming and diving team placed 11th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.52 seconds) and 12th in the 100 free (53.18) in the Division II state meet Feb. 24 at Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Hrabowy is a University of Toledo signee.

Freshman Anne Marie Cummins did not advance to the finals in either of her events. She finished 23rd in the 100 butterfly (1:01.62) and 20th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.76).

The Stallions earned 11 points at state to place 35th behind champion Gates Mills Hawken (360.5) as 45 teams scored.

No members of the boys team qualified for state.

•The girls basketball team defeated Caledonia River Valley 52-43 in a second-round Division II district tournament game Feb. 24.

Tyler Craig had 13 points and Miranda Johnson scored 11 for the seventh-seeded Stallions, who improved to 15-7 and advanced to play fifth-seeded Eastmoor Academy in a district semifinal on Feb. 29.

The semifinal winner plays sixth-seeded Licking Valley or 12th-seeded Big Walnut in a district final at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Delaware, with the champion playing Cincinnati Indian Hall, Cincinnati Mount Healthy or Dayton Carroll in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Springfield.

The Stallions did not play any of those potential opponents during the regular season.

•Senior Jason Allen of the wrestling team placed fifth at 160 pounds and junior Ian Ferguson was sixth at 171 in the Division II district tournament held Feb. 24 and 25 at Uhrichsville Claymont.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the state tournament, which runs Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

Allen went 4-2 at district, defeating Doug Eddy of Cadiz Harrison Central 9-5 in the fifth-place match to finish 39-8. Ferguson, who finished 33-11, won his first two matches but lost his next three, losing to J.R. King of Lakewood 3-2 in the fifth-place match.

Ferguson had wrestled at 182 earlier in the season before dropping to 170 after a shoulder injury ended senior Joey Lyberger's season.

Allen and Ferguson earned the Stallions 19 points, placing them 27th behind champion Steubenville (202.5) as 44 teams scored.

DeSales loses three seniors in Allen, Lyberger and Aaron Melsop (195).

•Tyler LaTorre, Miranda Singer and Jack Slomsky of the bowling team competed in the district tournaments Feb. 24 and 25 at HP Lanes.

All three fell short of qualifying for the state tournament, which will be held Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

LaTorre, a freshman, rolled a 571 series to place 18th and Slomsky, a senior, rolled a 461 to tie for 73rd in the boys district tournament Feb. 24. A day later, Singer, a junior, finished 13th with a 522 in the girls tournament.

The top three finishers not on a qualifying team at district advanced to state.