Worthington News

Boys Basketball

Thomas to open tournament against Westerville Central

The 15th-seeded Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball team will play host to 24th-seeded Westerville Central at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

The winner will face 11th-seeded Westland or 27th-seeded Briggs in the second round at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, on the higher seed's home court.

The Cardinals beat Briggs 66-56 on Dec. 28. In OCC-Central Division play, Thomas beat Westland 64-53 on Dec. 14 and lost to the Cougars 62-57 on Jan. 25.

If Thomas wins its first two tournament games, it will play in a district semifinal March 6 at Marysville against third-seeded Olentangy Liberty, 23rd-seed Dresden Tri-Valley or 29th-seeded Canal Winchester.

The Cardinals went 0-2 last week to drop to 14-8 overall and finish 8-6 in the OCC-Central.

Thomas lost to Olentangy Orange 50-37 on Feb. 12 as point guard Will Hill scored 10 points.

The Cardinals lost to Liberty 75-49 on Feb. 15 as forward Tyrrell Stewart scored 11 points.

Westerville Central, which is 11-11, lost to Dublin Jerome 56-53 on Feb. 15 despite 16 points from junior forward Eric James, 15 from junior guard Jalen Malone and 14 from junior post player Kwamel Wade.

Last season, Thomas lost to Hilliard Davidson 54-47 in the first round of the tournament.

Wolves preparing for district opener

Kilbourne will open the Division I district tournament by playing at eighth-seeded Reynoldsburg or playing host to 37th-seeded Whetstone at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The 26th-seeded Wolves have a first-round bye.

The winner will advance to a semifinal March 6 at Westerville Central to face ninth-seeded Gahanna, 21st-seeded Olentangy, 22nd-seeded Upper Arlington or 38th-seeded Teays Valley.

Last year, the Wolves lost to second-seeded Walnut Ridge 43-21 in the second round.

The Wolves lost to Dublin Scioto 45-42 on Feb. 15 to drop to 9-13 overall and finish 4-10 in the OCC-Cardinal.

Point guard Seth Hill scored 18 points and post player Grant Hartman scored 12.

--Aaron Blankenship