Lydia Ulry was happy for the win and the recognition.

Lydia Ulry was happy for the win and the recognition.

Ulry and her Johnstown-Monroe High School girls basketball teammates will receive letter-jacket patches for reaching a Division III district tournament semifinal by beating Linden-McKinley 47-22 in the second round on Feb. 23 at Dublin Scioto.

The Johnnies play third-seeded Bloom Carroll at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Olentangy Orange.

"Everyone's pretty excited about the patch," said Ulry, a senior forward who scored nine points against Linden. "Now we have made our mark by winning a sectional title. We'll get our number (2010-11) on a banner in the gym and we'll get a patch."

The Johnnies improved to 6-16. Linden finished 5-15.

"We set the goal of winning the MBC, and that didn't happen, so I challenged the girls that they could make their mark this way," said coach Connie Allen, whose team beat fourth-seeded Marion Elgin 55-47 in the first round on Feb. 16 at Gahanna. "They came out and played great against Elgin and now won a sectional."

The game against Linden was never in doubt. The Johnnies scored the first 10 points and led 14-4 after the first quarter. They led 26-8 at halftime and 38-13 after three quarters.

"I think we came out and got a lead and kind of settled back a bit," Allen said. "It's hard not to do that, but we did do a good job defensively."

Laiken Valentine led Johnstown with 10 points and Holly Sammons added eight points.

Bloom-Carroll improved to 18-4 by defeating Ready 46-36 in the second game Feb. 23 at Scioto.

Ashley Milligan, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, led Bloom-Carroll with 25 points. Senior forward Abby Seymour (5-9) had eight points and senior forward Briana Wagner (5-8) added seven points.

"We saw them in the opening round against West Jefferson (44-35 win)," Allen said. "We just have to play like we did against Elgin. We have to shut them down defensively. We need to finish our layups and hit our outside shots."

Sammons said the Johnnies must be aggressive against the Bulldogs.

"We have to play good, tough defense and stay on their shooters," she said. "And we have to make our shots. When we're open, we have to make the shots."

The winner will play in a district final against second-seeded North Union or Galion Northmor at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Orange. North Union improved to 21-1 by defeating Marion Pleasant 52-33 on Feb. 22 in a second-round game at Marysville. The Wildcats' only loss came against DeSales 55-52 on Dec. 15.

Northmor improved to 10-11 by defeating Fredericktown 42-31 on Feb. 22 at Marysville.

The Johnnies have not played Bloom-Carroll, North Union or Northmor this season.

The district champion advances to play Springfield Northeastern, Hamilton Badin, Versailles or Casstown Miami East at 6:15 p.m. March 9 at Springfield.

•The wrestling team qualified three competitors to the Division III district tournament, which concluded Feb. 26 at Coshocton.

The top four in each weight class advanced to state Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, at Ohio State.

Senior heavyweight Brendin Cornwell advanced to district by finishing second at the Madison Plains sectional, which concluded Feb. 19. Junior Joey Dismuke was third at 189 and freshman Clayton Bullard was fourth at 171. The top four in each weight class advanced to district.

The Johnnies (59 points) finished ninth of 12 teams at sectional behind champion West Jefferson (254.5).

•The boys basketball team lost to Worthington Christian 52-38 in the first round of Division III district play on Feb. 22 at Orange to finish 5-16.

Sam Scovell scored nine points with five rebounds and Matt Smith also had nine points.

Taylor Atwood scored eight points and Patrick Benton had five rebounds and three assists. Harley O'Flaherty also had three assists.

"We didn't play well in the first half, and had 16 turnovers (before halftime)," coach Kevin Martin said. "We were down 10 (27-17) and could have been down more. We just needed to have a consistent effort from all five guys on the court."

In the MBC finale on Feb. 18, the Johnnies lost to Centerburg 59-34. Atwood and O'Flaherty scored nine points apiece and Smith added eight points.

Fredericktown won the MBC title at 13-1, followed by Utica (11-3), Northridge (10-4), Centerburg (9-5), East Knox (6-8), Loudonville (3-11) and both Danville and Johnstown (2-12).