Led by a defense that forced more than 20 turnovers, the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball team left Ohio Dominican University on March 7 with its fourth Division I district championship in six years.

Led by a defense that forced more than 20 turnovers, the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball team left Ohio Dominican University on March 7 with its fourth Division I district championship in six years.

The sixth-seeded Lions, facing a fourth-seeded Olentangy team that was playing without first-team all-district selection Morgan Horvath because of a knee injury, pulled away in the second half for a 58-43 victory in a district final.

Gahanna improved to 20-6 and advanced to a regional semifinal March 10 at Otterbein University. The Braves finished 21-5.

"We just played more confidently (in the third quarter) and kept ourselves calm," Lions sophomore guard Sam Jenkins said. "It was a big team effort."

Gahanna's Tyra Cherry hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the second quarter to give the Lions a 22-17 lead at halftime. Olentangy scored the first six points of the third period to take a 23-22 lead, but the Lions outscored the Braves 36-20 over the remainder of the game.

Gahanna's Yasmin Norman scored 14 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. Jenkins made a pair of 3-pointers in the second half and finished with 11 points, and Mena Colson added 10 points.

Olentangy got 14 points from junior guard Kelly Meade, including the 1,000th of her varsity career during the third quarter.

Meade was among five Braves who had at least two fouls in the first half.

"You combine having turnovers with missing shots, and that's not a good combination," Braves coach John Feasel said. "When we needed a couple buckets, we couldn't get over the hump, which made it glaring that we didn't have Morgan."

Olentangy Liberty 53, Dublin Coffman 45

Lauren Hofer scored 14 points, Alexa Fisher and Kristen Levering each scored 13 and Breanna Yashko added 11 to lead Olentangy Liberty to a 53-45 win over Dublin Coffman in a Division I district final March 7 at Ohio Dominican.

It marks the first district championship for the top-seeded Patriots, who improved to 24-1 and avenged their only loss.

Liberty had lost to Coffman 47-40 on Feb. 6 in an OCC-Central Division contest after beating the Shamrocks 41-36 in their first league matchup Jan. 16.

Sade Olatoye scored 18 points and Maddie Andrews scored 10 to lead seventh-seeded Coffman, which finished 20-5.

Liberty advanced to a regional semifinal March 10 at Otterbein.

-- Frank DiRenna

Hilliard Bradley 45, Westerville North 42

Grace Fodor went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds for her only points, helping fifth-seeded Hilliard Bradley beat 10th-seeded Westerville North 45-42 in a Division I district final March 7 at Ohio Dominican.

It marks the second district championship for the Jaguars, who won a Division II title in 2011.

Bradley, which improved to 23-3, overcame a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit and closed the game on an 8-4 run.

Ashley Hummel had 18 points and Teneea Heston scored 16 to lead the Jaguars, who took their first lead, 43-42, with Fodor's first two free throws with 30 seconds left.

Symone Simmons had 17 points to lead North, which lost to the Jaguars for the third time this season and finished 18-8.

Bradley advanced to play Gahanna in a regional semifinal March 10 at Otterbein.

-- Brad Emerine

Newark 63, Logan 33

In the nightcap of Division I district finals at Ohio Dominican, the second-seeded Wildcats dominated the 15th-seeded Chieftains.

Newark built a 29-14 lead by halftime and stretched the advantage to 51-23 by the end of the third quarter to set up a regional semifinal against Liberty.

Kym Royster, the district's Player of the Year, had 20 points and Ali Cartnal added 16 for the Wildcats, who improved to 25-1.

It was Newark's first district title since 2000.

"It's been 15 years since Newark girls basketball has won a district title," Royster said. "It means everything to us."

Logan finished 21-5.

-- Jarrod Ulrey

Newark Catholic 46, Granville Christian 27

For the fourth consecutive season, the Green Wave captured a Division IV district championship.

On March 6 at New Albany, Newark Catholic trailed 15-13 at halftime but outscored the Lions 18-5 in the third quarter.

Ashleigh Parkinson scored nine of her 18 points in the third and Jill Blacksten had 11 of her 13 points in the second half as Newark Catholic improved to 23-2.

Granville Christian, which got nine points apiece from Abi Rose and Emily Slater, finished 21-4.

-- Jarrod Ulrey

Worthington Christian 66, Danville 41

On the way to its first district title since 2004, the Warriors beat the district's second and third seeds.

Worthington Christian, which was the fifth seed, built a 34-17 halftime lead against third-seeded Danville on March 7 in a Division IV at New Albany.

Bridgette Rettstatt scored a career-high 32 points, including 24 during the middle quarters, Grace Pennington had 14 and Devon Jones added 10 for the Warriors.

Jordan Elliott scored 15 points but Bri Staats, a first-team all-district player who came in averaging 23 points, was held to seven for the Blue Devils.

Worthington Christian, which opened the postseason by beating second-seeded Fairfield Christian, improved to 20-6 while Danville finished 20-4.

"The girls just played hard for the entire 32 minutes and weren't letting up," Warriors coach Tammi Evans said. "They did what they've done all season."

-- Jarrod Ulrey