The Westerville South High School girls basketball team likes the way it finished the regular season.

The Westerville South High School girls basketball team likes the way it finished the regular season.

The Wildcats won their last five regular-season games and nine of their last 10. On Feb. 12 they defeated Olentangy 59-46. With the loss, Olentangy ended up sharing the league title instead of winning it outright.

South finished the regular season 14-6 overall and third in the OCC-Cardinal Division at 10-4, finishing behind Olentangy (11-3) and Dublin Scioto (11-3), and ahead of North, Marysville (6-8), Dublin Jerome (4-10), Westerville Central (3-11) and Olentangy Liberty (2-12).

"We've been playing well," said coach Jeff Brenning, whose team opens the Division I district tournament today at Westerville Central with a second-round game against Westerville North. "The kids are playing good basketball. We're playing solid defense and hopefully that will carry over into the tournament."

Today's meeting with North, which beat Teays Valley in a first-round game Feb. 18, is the third meeting this season between the two teams.

The Wildcats beat North 45-39 on Jan. 6 and 56-36 on Feb. 4.

North is 13-7 overall. The last time North and South played, the Wildcats led 17-15 at halftime before outscoring the Warriors 14-6 in the third.

Shanae` Ash and Brook Robbins finished with 12 points and Sarah Myles added 10.

The Wildcats held North's leading scorer, point guard Caitlin Kusan, to seven points. Bri Clegg led the Warriors with 10 points.

Kusan, who averages 12.5 points, is among the area leaders in rebounding at 11.5 per game. Robbins averages 10.4 rebounds.

"(Kusan's) a versatile player," Brenning said. "We're going to have to be ready to defend her in both areas. We'll certainly do our best to control her."

South is seeking its first trip to a district semifinal in five seasons.

If they beat North, they'll play in one at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Olentangy Liberty against second-seeded Dresden Tri-Valley or Thomas Worthington. Those teams also play today in a second round game.

Tri-Valley joined the Central District for the postseason, but plays most of its regular season games against East District teams.

The Scotties defeated Whetstone 75-17 in a first-round game Feb. 18 to improve to 20-0.

Leading Tri-Valley is 6-foot-2 forward Carly Young and 5-10 guard Hanna Luburgh. Both are Akron recruits. Young scored 18 points against Whetstone and Luburgh had 17.

Thomas beat Mount Vernon 60-45 in a first-round game Feb. 17. College of Charlestown recruit Erika Rousculp leads the Cardinals, who improved to 12-9 after its first round win.

•The boys team capped an undefeated season in dominant fashion with an 81-46 win over Olentangy Liberty last Friday.

Coach Ed Calo, who didn't talk about the possibility of finishing undefeated during the season, finally allowed the topic to come up last Friday.

"I don't know where (an undefeated season) ranks, but it is special," said Calo, whose team opened in the first round of the Division I district tournament last Wednesday against West. "On any level, there are all kinds of upsets. The better team doesn't win every game. We avoided some serious bids to defeat us."

Despite having an undefeated record, South could do no better than third in the district seeding. Top-seeded Northland and second-seeded Gahanna also finished the regular season without a loss. All three top seeds are the highest seeded teams in their third of the district tournament bracket.

The winner of last Wednesday's first-round game plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hilliard Bradley against Hilliard Darby or Dublin Jerome.

South beat Jerome 79-67 on Dec. 18 and 73-69 on Jan. 29. Jerome entered last Wednesday's game with a 4-15 record.

Darby, which is led by Dylan Rudy (5-foot-9, guard) and Tyler Wilson (6-1, forward), was 11-8 before last Wednesday.