Moments of offensive struggles by the Newark High School girls basketball were offset by its defensive and rebounding abilities during a 54-45 win over Olentangy Liberty in a Division I regional semifinal March 10 at Otterbein University.

Moments of offensive struggles by the Newark High School girls basketball were offset by its defensive and rebounding abilities during a 54-45 win over Olentangy Liberty in a Division I regional semifinal March 10 at Otterbein University.

The Wildcats will play for their first state tournament berth at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at Otterbein against Hilliard Bradley, which also will be looking to make state for the first time.

Liberty made just 16 of 54 shots and was outrebounded by Newark 41-36.

"Tonight was probably the best game we've played all year," Wildcats coach J.R. Shumate said. "We haven't had a night like that where everybody was clicking."

Newark, which improved to 26-1 while the Patriots finished 25-2 overall, made just 11 of 24 from the free-throw line.

The Wildcats, however, held Liberty to 2-for-11 shooting in the fourth quarter.

Kym Royster, the district's Player of the Year, finished with 22 points on 10 of 17 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds. Ali Cartnal added 15 points and Emily Paul had six points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Liberty got 13 points and four assists from Alexa Fisher, eight points from Breanna Yashko and six points and eight rebounds from Kristen Levering.

Newark trailed 24-23 at the half but got three 3s from Cartnal in the third quarter and led 41-37 heading into the final period.

Liberty went 5-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half but made just three of 11 during the final two quarters.

"(Newark) did a nice job defensively," Liberty coach Sam Krafty said.

Hilliard Bradley 46, Gahanna 39

Hilliard Bradley's defenese guided the Jaguars to the program's first regional victory in its six years of existence March 10 at Otterbein University.

Ashley Hummel scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Jaguars defense put forth another strong effort, as they improved to 24-3.

Bradley finished 16-for-28 from the floor (57.1 percent) while Gahanna, which finished 20-7, shot 28 percent (14-for-50).

Grace Fodor scored 13 points for Bradley, but was one of three guards on the bench in foul trouble in the last 3 minutes, 28 seconds of the first half. Teammate Meredith Miller scored just two points, but grabbed 15 rebounds and had three assists.

"We bought some time with those girls on the bench," coach Kathy Lindsey said. "We were happy to lead 25-21 at halftime. We got good play from Alex Yee and Juliet Allen (off the bench) and we rotated Meredith Miller (to a different position). She found ways to contribute even though (Gahanna) wasn't going to let her score.

Bradley led 34-27 entering the fourth quarter and pulled ahead 43-32 midway through the period before slowing the pace.

Sydney Stokes and Ana Hoosier scored nine points apiece for Gahanna.

-- Brad Emerine

DIVISION II Zanesville Maysville 55, Eastmoor Academy 48

For the third consecutive season, Eastmoor had its season end in a Division II regional semifinal.

On March 10 in a 55-48 loss at Zanesville, the Warriors were within 50-48 during the game's final minute when Rahnia Price missed a 3-pointer.

Eastmoor then was whistled for an intentional foul on the ensuing possession and the Panthers held on.

Maysville's Kori Sidwell made 11 of 13 from the free-throw line and scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter as her team improved to 25-1 and advanced to a regional final March 13 against Millersburg West Holmes.

Eastmoor, which finished 23-3 overall, got 15 points from Price, 11 from Amani Burke and 10 from Imani Hill.

"They got 17 points in the fourth quarter, but only four came on baskets," Eastmoor coach Charity Via said. "We had opportunity after opportunity but didn't do the things we needed to do to win."

-- Jarrod Ulrey

Kettering Alter 65, Hartley 21

The Hawks fell behind by double digits early and trailed 43-11 by halftime during its loss in a regional semifinal March 10 at Springfield.

Emma Bockrath scored 14 of her 16 points during the first half for No. 1-ranked Alter, which improved to 27-0 and will play for a regional title March 13 against Tipp City Tippecanoe.

Hartley, which finishes 13-12 overall, got eight points from Marissa Brown.

-- Jarrod Ulrey