Although she has almost always been a forward, Jordan Toohey of the Pickerington High School North girls basketball team isn't uncomfortable playing away from the basket.

Although she has almost always been a forward, Jordan Toohey of the Pickerington High School North girls basketball team isn't uncomfortable playing away from the basket.

The 5-foot-9 sophomore does that in the summer with the Ohio Lady Jayhawks AAU team, has been doing so more frequently with North in recent games and, if she plans to play in college, likely will be a guard at that level.

"I'm not going to get any bigger, so those are skills I'm going to have to work on," said Toohey, whose father is 6-1 and mother is 5-9. "Whatever I'm asked to do, I'll do my best at that."

The past few weeks, Toohey has had to be more versatile. She has started the past three games as a small forward, but if North plays four guards and a forward, sophomore Brittany Johnson plays inside and Toohey slides outside. Another classmate, forward Jessie Wachtman, is out for the season with a broken collarbone sustained during a 40-32 loss to Reynoldsburg on Jan. 27, leading to more playing time for Toohey.

"I help set screens and try to set up (freshman guard) Emily (Thomas) and (senior guard) Taylor (Jones) on offense or pass to Brittany," Toohey said. "Even with the injuries, we still have a lot of threats and that makes it a lot harder for opponents to guard us."

Toohey has scored in double digits once this year, when she had 14 points in a 75-25 win over Westerville Central in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 16 at Hilliard Davidson.

In a 94-12 win over Columbus West in the second round Feb. 22 at Davidson, Thomas had 22 points, Jones had 15 and Johnson scored 12.

North, which improved to 20-2 with the win over West and is seeded second in the district behind Reynoldsburg, will play 11th-seeded New Albany in a district semifinal at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Davidson.

New Albany advanced with two low-scoring wins, 37-34 over Worthington Kilbourne in the first round Feb. 18 and 34-24 over 10th-seeded Upper Arlington on Feb. 22.

The Eagles, who are 17-5 and finished second in the OCC-Capital behind Olentangy Orange, are seeking their fourth district final appearance in five years. They lost in the first round last year , 40-33 to Dublin Jerome.

"It was a good defensive game, not a poorly played one," North coach Dave Butcher said of New Albany's win over UA. "(Junior guard) Hannah Scipio controls the offensive end and everything they do down there. Kyasia Duling gives them some size. That was an extremely good win against Upper Arlington."

Scipio is averaging 13.3 points and had 19 points against UA. Duling, a 6-2 junior post player and transfer from Licking Heights, is averaging 11.2 points, and junior guard Cheyenne Hartley-Carr had a career-high 17 points against Kilbourne.

The district semifinal winner will play fifth-seeded Dublin Coffman or sixth-seeded Gahanna in a district final at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Davidson. That winner will play Orange, Northland, Zanesville or Newark in a regional semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Otterbein University.

The Panthers did not play New Albany, Coffman, Orange, Northland or Zanesville during the regular season. They went 2-0 against both Gahanna and Newark in OCC-Ohio play, defeating the Lions 55-51 on Dec. 22 and 53-43 on Feb. 3 and beating the Wildcats 49-37 on Jan. 7 and 56-38 on Feb. 11.

Coffman is 20-2 and enters its district semifinal against Gahanna on Thursday, March 1, having won 17 consecutive games. The Shamrocks are led by 5-9 junior forward McKenzie Bailey, 5-8 freshman guard Kamerine Taylor and 6-1 freshman center Sade Olatoye.

Gahanna is 16-6 entering its contest against Coffman. The Lions are led by junior point guard Quiera Lampkins, 6-1 junior center Maddison Blackwell and junior guard Chrisna Butler.

Orange, which is 21-1 entering its district semifinal against Newark on Thursday, March 1, is led by 5-9 junior point guard Taylor Agler, 6-1 senior forward Kelsey Lewis, 5-7 junior Mya Walker and 5-7 junior guard Maddy Joseph.

"These are going to be tests to figure out exactly what we can do," Toohey said. "These games are going to be harder, and our (players have) a lot of confidence in each other."