It proved to be a memorable night for the Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team.

It proved to be a memorable night for the Hilliard Darby High School boys basketball team.

The Panthers not only got the chance to go through the pomp of pregame ceremonies on Feb. 19, but they had a raucous student section feeding them energy in a 50-47 win over Hilliard Davidson.

"It was something, knowing that this would be the last time we would be playing on this court," said senior guard Matt Cyrus, who scored 16 points to lead the Panthers. "The fans were great. It's been a fast senior year and (was) an emotional game."

Brothers Brennan and Bryson Hook both scored eight points as Darby won its second consecutive game to close the regular season at 7-12 overall.

The game was tied at 20 at halftime and Davidson seemed to seize control with a 36-28 lead entering the final period. But the Panthers outscored the Wildcats 22-11 in the fourth quarter behind 10 points from Cyrus.

Darby avenged a 52-45 loss to Davidson on Jan. 14.

"It was a lot like the last game in that we played them well in the first half and then let them back in the game," said guard Matt Allen, who added seven points. "But the seniors stepped up and made plays down the stretch.

"It felt good coming out and winning like that on senior night and winning on our home court, especially against Davidson. It really meant a lot because of who we were playing."

Upper Arlington and Dublin Coffman tied for the OCC-Central Division title at 13-0 followed by Thomas Worthington (9-5) and Davidson (7-7). Darby and Worthington Kilbourne tied for fifth at 5-9, and Central Crossing and Westland both went 2-12.

The Panthers played Olentangy Liberty on Feb. 23 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament. The winner plays Dublin Jerome or Delaware in the second round at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Jonathan Alder.

Delaware went 14-6 in the regular season and did not play Darby. Jerome was 7-13 in the regular season and beat Darby 49-37 on Dec. 30.

The second-round winner plays second-seeded Northland, Groveport or Franklin Heights at 4:15 p.m. March 5 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

•The girls team finished 4-17 overall after losing to eighth-seeded Newark 44-32 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 16 at Olentangy.

The Panthers led 27-25 entering the final period.

"We tried to stress defense and take away their inside game and double down on (6-foot-4 sophomore) Paige Cashin," said second-year coach Liz Lehman, whose Panthers limited Cashin to eight points. "We played well, but we got tired in the fourth quarter. They weren't the No. 8 team in the district for nothing. They took advantage of us and we looked tired."

Annie Hilditch, a 5-6 junior guard, led the Panthers with 11 points and three 3-pointers, and 5-11 sophomore forward Emily Krumpe added 10 points.

Darby went 3-11 in the OCC-Central to finish seventh behind champion UA (13-1), Coffman (11-3), Davidson (10-4), Thomas (9-5) and Central Crossing and Kilbourne (both 5-9), and ahead of Westland (0-14).

Darby had no seniors and expects to return its entire roster next season.

Krumpe, the only player with much varsity experience entering this season, led the team in scoring at 6.8 points per game and added 3.9 rebounds per contest. She shot 62-for-150 from the field (41.3 percent).

Hilditch scored 6.3 points per game and was 30 of 99 on 3-point attempts (30.3 percent). Bri Rispress, a 5-10 junior forward, added 5.4 points a game and led the team in rebounding at 6.2 per contest. She was 44 of 109 from the field (40.4 percent) and 26 of 47 at the free-throw line (55.3 percent).

Sydney Palsgrove, a 5-7 sophomore guard, averaged 3.2 rebounds and led the team in free-throw percentage by making 34 of 54 (63 percent).

"We have a good group of juniors who are ready to lead us in the offseason and come back strong as seniors," Lehman said.

Other juniors expected to return are Nettie Benjamin (5-7 forward), Molly Bretz (5-8 forward), Alex Hoferkamp (5-6 guard) and Audrie Wolfe (5-6 guard). Sophomores expected back are Katie Espisito (5-6 guard) and Aaris Sheets (5-10 forward). Freshmen seeing varsity time included Erika Boyd (5-7 guard), Gabby Sarbaugh (5-7 forward) and Caitlyn Snyder (5-8 guard).

"They came into the season needing to learn about the varsity experience," Lehman said. "They needed to understand the level of competition and the speed of the game. It probably took 10 games to learn that and their roles were in flux at the beginning of the year. They understood what they were supposed to be doing more at the end of the year."