Symone Simmons surpassed 1,000 career points as the Westerville North High School girls basketball team defeated visiting Independence 67-23 on Feb. 20 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
The seventh-seeded Warriors improved to 19-5 and advanced to play 14th-seeded Pickerington North at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in a district semifinal at Jonathan Alder.
The Panthers are 13-10. The teams did not play this season, but the Warriors lost to the Panthers 50-42 in the second round last year.
The district final is 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Ohio Dominican against fourth-seeded Northland or 10th-seeded Mount Vernon. The Warriors have not played either team this season. Mount Vernon is 21-2 and Northland is 20-2.
The winner advances to a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Otterbein against Gahanna, Hilliard Bradley, Reynoldsburg or Westland. Reynoldsburg is 20-4 and was ranked 10th in the final state poll.
Bradley is 18-6 and lost to the Warriors 47-38 on Jan. 3 and 54-46 on Feb. 4. Gahanna is 17-7 and Westland is 13-10, and both teams have not played the Warriors this season.
The regional final is March 7 at Otterbein.
Against 35th-seeded Independence, Simmons needed four points to pass 1,000 and reached the milestone with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the first quarter by making a pair of free throws.
Simmons finished with 18 points, Kelsey Walker had nine, Francia Rajkoummale scored eight and Hannah Ferguson and DeeDee Post added seven apiece.
Central loses to 11th-seeded Gahanna
Central finished 10-13, losing at 11th-seeded Gahanna 61-48 on Feb. 19 in the second round of the district tournament.
Morghan Hyatt scored 13 points to lead the 25th-seeded Warhawks, who had a first-round bye. Andrea Hodge had 11 points, Taylor Feinman scored eight and Halle Kramer and Imani Steele added six points apiece.
South falls to Bradley in opener
South finished 14-9, losing at 12th-seeded Bradley 52-48 on Feb. 20 in the second round of the district tournament.
Chanelle Moore scored 16 points, Jada Smoot had 14 and Chanelle Raker added 13 for the 17th-seeded Wildcats, who had a first-round bye.