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Westerville North boys to face Scioto in key league contest

The Westerville North High School boys basketball team remains unbeaten heading into an OCC-Cardinal Division showdown with Dublin Scioto.

The teams meet Friday, Jan. 25, at North. The Warriors won the first meeting 58-43 on Dec. 14.

North leads the OCC-Cardinal at 7-0, followed by Scioto (7-1), Westerville South (6-2), Hilliard Darby (4-4), Westerville Central (3-5), Dublin Jerome (2-5), Worthington Kilbourne (2-6) and Hilliard Bradley (0-8).

North is 12-0 overall and was ranked second in last week's Division I state poll behind Northland. The Warriors were first in last week's district poll, with Northland second.

On Jan. 18, North defeated Darby 67-44 as senior guard Jaylen Benton, senior guard Adrian Cook, senior guard Jack Gibbs and junior forward Alex Stewart all scored 11 points.

In the Flyin' to the Hoop tournament Jan. 19 at Kettering Fairmont, North defeated Jackson (Ky.) 22ft Academy 71-61. Benton had 19 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Gibbs had 17 points, eight assists and five steals. Stewart scored 16 points and Cook added 15.

The Warriors were supposed to play Raleigh (N.C.) Quality Education Academy, but the Pharaohs did not attend because of bad weather.

North girls team still atop league

The North girls team was 14-1 overall before playing Granville on Jan. 22.

The Warriors lead the OCC-Cardinal at 9-0, followed by Scioto (7-2), Jerome (6-3) Bradley (5-4), Central (4-5), South (4-5), Darby (1-8) and Kilbourne (0-9).

North plays at Scioto on Friday, Jan. 25. The Warriors defeated the Irish 63-44 on Dec. 14.

They also play a league game at home Tuesday, Jan. 29, against Jerome. North won the first meeting 55-31 on Dec. 4.

Junior forward Kelsey Walker scored 19 points to lead a 58-35 win over Washington Court House Miami Trace on Jan. 15. Sophomore guard/forward Symone Simmons had 10 points and junior post player Tierra Streater scored eight.

On Jan. 18, North defeated Darby 62-41 as Simmons scored 18 points, Walker had 10 and senior guard Breyonia Hearn had nine.

--Scott Hennen