Westland High School girls basketball coach Hugo Quint admits it was a disappointing season for his team.

Westland High School girls basketball coach Hugo Quint admits it was a disappointing season for his team.

The Cougars finished 4-19 overall after losing at top-seeded Olentangy Liberty 86-34 in the second round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 27. Ranked fifth in the final state poll, the Patriots played in a district final March 7.

Westland, which trailed 45-12 at halftime, was seeded 42nd of 47 teams and had a first-round bye.

"The season didn't go as expected," Quint said. "We didn't do much of what we should have done overall-wise. One of our main problems was that we were consistent at turning the ball over. We averaged about 25 turnovers a game and you're not going to win that many games with that many turnovers."

Senior forward Savannah Badillo led the Cougars with 15 points and senior guard/forward Sarah Demana scored 10.

Westland went 0-14 in the OCC-Central Division to finish eighth, behind Liberty (13-1), Upper Arlington (12-2), Dublin Coffman (10-4), Marysville (8-6), Hilliard Davidson (5-9), Central Crossing (4-10) and Thomas Worthington (4-10).

The Cougars, who lost their final 14 games, picked up their victories against Patriot Prep Academy (72-27 on Nov. 28), Linden-McKinley (49-46 on Dec. 13), Whetstone (63-42 on Dec. 29) and Delaware (63-33 on Dec. 30). The final two wins came in the Mike Burbridge Holiday Invitational.

One of six seniors, Badillo averaged 11.6 points and was among the area leaders in 3-pointers with 32. She was named honorable mention all-league.

Senior post player Hunter Kershaw averaged a team-high 15.1 points but missed the final six games after being ruled academically ineligible, according to Quint. Kershaw was honorable mention all-district.

Sophomore post player/forward Mya McClure also was ruled academically ineligible late in the season, Quint said.

Others expected to return are juniors Madison Dale (guard), Destinee Long (forward/guard), Victoria Schwart (guard), Emilee Sturgell (forward) and Ashley Sweigard (guard) and sophomore Madison Evans (guard/forward).

Quint would like to see the expected returnees play at the AAU level during the offseason.

"It's a simple situation," he said. "You can play on an average AAU team where you're going to get a lot of playing time. It's not about wins and losses. It's not about being on a winning team; it's about learning the process of being able to play at a high degree of efficiency. That's the most important thing."

Boys basketball teamousted by Wildcats

The boys basketball team lost at top-seeded Westerville South 101-39 in the second round of the Division I district tournament March 4 to finish 3-20.

The Cougars were seeded 43rd of 44 teams and had a first-round bye.

South, which improved to 22-1, led 32-9 after one quarter and 58-18 at halftime.

Malik Butcher had 12 points and Rob Henley scored 10 to lead Westland, and Jordan Humphrey had 18 points to lead the Wildcats.

Wrestlers finishninth at sectional

The wrestling team finished ninth (62.5) in the 11-team Division I sectional Feb. 28 at Newark behind champion Liberty (235) and did not have any district qualifiers.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to district March 6 and 7 at Hilliard Darby.

Westland had four district alternates for placing fifth in Brian Foster (126 pounds), Noah Green (195), Manny Lagunas (220) and Blake Rece (106). Foster and Rece both went 3-2 and Green and Lagunas both went 2-2.

Also competing at sectional were Steven McPeek (120, 1-3, sixth), Scott Davies (152, 1-2), Jacob Lewis (182, 1-2), Greg Rummel (132, 1-2), Josh Brown (170, 0-2), Isaiah Epling (160, 0-2), Dustin Higginbotham (145, 0-2) and Steven Park (113, 0-2).

Gymnasts closeseason at district

The gymnastics team closed its season in the district meet Feb. 28 at Worthington Kilbourne.

The Cougars finished 23rd (99.525) behind champion Coffman (141.6) as 24 teams scored. Buckeye Valley (89.875) was last.

The top three teams and top eight finishers in each event and the all-around advanced to state at Hilliard Bradley.

The team state meet was March 6 and the individual state meet was March 7.

Advancing to state along with Coffman were Kilbourne (137.275) and Upper Arlington (136.825).

"I'm very happy with how things went (at district)," coach Brittany Maynard said. "(The girls) had a great meet. They came in very determined and focused and went out there and did some of the best routines they've done all season. The girls seemed very happy with their performances following every event."

Mikhayla Baravik led Westland at district, finishing 54th of 112 competitors in the all-around with a 31.15. The senior scored a 7.55 (50th) on uneven bars, a 7.85 (tied for 52nd) on vault, a 7.75 (tied for 59th) on balance beam and an 8.0 (tied for 68th) on floor exercise.

Other all-around competitors were freshman Ekeoma Obiagwu (22.15) and sophomores Kailee Little (22.05) and India Alston (21.175).

Also competing at district were junior Ogo Obiagwu, sophomore McKayla Murray and freshman Sarah Miller.

Westland placed fifth (103.4) in the OCC-Central meet Feb. 14, behind Kilbourne (134.225), Davidson (121.8), Liberty (121.525) and Delaware (113.125).

Baravik was the Cougars' top performer, placing fifth on beam (8.1) and 10th in the all-around (30.2).

Westland went 0-4 in its league duals and finished fifth in the overall league standings with four points, behind champion Kilbourne (20, 4-0). Liberty (14, 3-1) and Davidson (14, 2-2) tied for second and Delaware (8, 1-3) finished fourth.

"We saw progress from every single girl from the first competition to (the district meet)," Maynard said. "Even in the last week of practice we were seeing them push for some harder skills and adding a little more difficulty in their routines for the district competition."