When Beechcroft High School boys basketball coach Scott Davis picked his team's spot for the Division I district tournament at the seeding meeting on Feb. 14, he chose a bracket featuring second-seeded Gahanna, No. 6 Westerville North and 11th-seeded Brookhaven.

When Beechcroft High School boys basketball coach Scott Davis picked his team's spot for the Division I district tournament at the seeding meeting on Feb. 14, he chose a bracket featuring second-seeded Gahanna, No. 6 Westerville North and 11th-seeded Brookhaven.

Just a few minutes later, 16th-seeded Reynoldsburg joined the same bracket.

While the Cougars wouldn't have to meet Brookhaven or North unless they reach a district final on March 13, the other two teams they could meet have one major thing in common: Guard-oriented attacks with questionable inside games.

If Beechcroft beat 36th-seeded Central Crossing in the first round of the tournament last Wednesday, it faces either Reynoldsburg or 27th-seeded Worthington Kilbourne at 8 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood in a second-round game.

Gahanna, which was 20-0 before last Wednesday and one of four area teams to enter the tournament undefeated, likely will be looming in a district semifinal at 4:15 p.m. on March 6 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

"Sometimes when you run into teams with exceptional perimeter players, they can control the game," Davis said. "Reynoldsburg just played Gahanna very well in a (60-52 loss on Feb. 12) and I think we match up with those teams very well. If you can get down to the Coliseum, anybody can win a basketball game."

Reynoldsburg has one of the area's top shooting guards in Kevin Gray, a Morehead State-signee who averages 20 points. Branden Rushton also is a strong perimeter threat.

The Raiders, however, have gotten little contribution from their post players. They closed the regular season at 12-8.

Kilbourne also has little post play to challenge the Cougars. The Wolves' top players are 6-foot-1 wing Nathan Sparks (13 ppg) and guards Tim Gebert, Cameron Green and Brian Hanks.

Beechcroft, meanwhile, features 6-5 Andrew Devlin (9.1 ppg) and 6-4 Rasean Moore (3.2 ppg) inside and is led offensively by guards Mike Petrie (12.5 ppg), Leo Devlin (11.7 ppg) and Rian Burrell (11.3 ppg).

"We feel like if we play well, we can win some games," Davis said. "In the tournament, if you don't play well, it's tough to win. With all of our snow days we haven't had any practices and we've been a little sloppy. We're the 13th seed and that was with a bad finish. But if you're going to be a good team, you've got to be able to adjust to the schedule."

•The girls basketball team couldn't hang on to a 43-29 lead with 7 minutes, 1 second remaining and lost to 12th-seeded Canal Winchester 58-56 on Feb. 17 at Dublin Scioto in the first round of the Division II tournament.

The Cougars finished 12-9.

Seeded ninth, Beechcroft was attempting to make it to at least a district semifinal for the second consecutive season.

"We weren't executing the way we're able to," coach Mike Fleming said. "On a lot of assignments, we weren't holding up our end. Even with the 14-point lead, we had to work too hard to get that. We should have extended the lead more than it was."

Beechcroft will return four of its top five scorers, including junior TaRonna Neal (14.8 ppg). Also eligible to return are juniors Jasmine Smith (12 ppg), Jasmine Johnson (6 ppg) and Ashlyn Shaw (5.3 ppg).

Miyoshi McGee, who averaged 8.4 points, led a senior class that also included D'Ericka Coram and Kayla Eppes.

The Cougars went 7-7 in the City League-North Division to tie Mifflin for fourth, behind Brookhaven and Northland (13-1) and East (10-4).

"Any time you can get them tournament experience and get a taste of the postseason, it's going to be a good experience for them," Fleming said. "But ultimately, we would have liked to have won the game."

•The boys and girls swimming teams did not score at the Division I sectional on Feb. 13 at Thomas Worthington and had no district qualifiers.

At the City League meet Feb. 8, the boys finished last (141) out of five teams behind champion Centennial (354). The girls were last (141) out of five teams behind champion Whetstone (392).

Seniors on the girls team were Tayla Arrington, Kalantra Franklin and Kiara Holt. Seniors on the boys team were Josh Allman, Kenneth Bosley, Kelvin Freeman, Marquise Lovejoy and Andre Regalado.

Top expected returnees for the girls include juniors Jenna Gatton, Cherelle Johnson, Shayla Lackey, Fabiola Melidor and Akia Murray and freshmen Yasemin Barnes-Nutter and Giovanna Quintanna. Eligible to return for the boys are freshmen Brenton Jones and Khalil Tucker.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Beechcroft boys basketball and boys and girls bowling teams:


Feb. 18 -- Defeated Eastmoor Academy 69-46. Rian Burrell scored 22 points for the Cougars, who outscored the Warriors 36-16 during the middle quarters.

Last Wednesday -- Played Central Crossing in first round of the Division I tournament. The winner plays Saturday at Lakewood (8 p.m.) vs. Reynoldsburg or Worthington Kilbourne. The winner advances to a district semifinal March 6 (4:15 p.m.) in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The district final is March 13 (12:30 p.m.) at the Fairgrounds.

Of note: The Cougars were 13-7 before last Wednesday.


Last Friday -- Boys: Finished 21st (3,314) in the 30-team sectional tournament at Rainbow Lanes behind champion Granville (3,821); Girls: Finished 22nd (2,346) in 29-team sectional at Rainbow Lanes behind champion Cardington (3,426)