As expected, the Westerville South High School boys basketball team advanced to a Division I district semifinal with a pair of convincing home wins.

As expected, the Westerville South High School boys basketball team advanced to a Division I district semifinal with a pair of convincing home wins.

After defeating 44th-seeded Franklin Heights 76-37 in the first round Feb. 28, the top-seeded Wildcats defeated 43rd-seeded Westland 101-39 in the second round March 4.

South was 22-1 before playing 19th-seeded Canal Winchester in a semifinal March 11 at Olentangy Orange in a matchup of OCC-Cardinal Division rivals.

The winner plays eighth-seeded Delaware or 22nd-seeded Groveport in a district final at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Ohio Dominican.

Delaware, which was 19-4 before playing Groveport, is led by senior Khalil Iverson, who had 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in a 48-26 win over 21st-seeded Teays Valley in the second round March 6.

Iverson, a Wisconsin recruit, was named OCC-Capital Player of the Year and first-team all-district.

Groveport, which defeated ninth-seeded Upper Arlington 44-33 in the second round March 6, was 14-10 before playing Delaware. Tony Anderson scored 13 points against UA.

The district champion advances to a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, against New Albany, Newark, Dresden Tri-Valley or Zanesville at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. The regional final is March 21 at the Fairgrounds.

South defeated New Albany 69-54 on Dec. 27 at home and Newark 79-71 in the Phil Brown Basketball Classic on Jan. 19 at Otterbein.

Against Westland, the Wildcats led 32-9 after one quarter. Jordan Humphrey scored 18 points, Ennis Thomas had 16, Antoine Smith scored 12 and Andre Wesson added 10.

"People think I'm crazy, but you worry about everything," coach Ed Calo said. "You never know, crazy things have happened. We obviously got a break as far as not having to really worry about injuries. Our kids really survived the challenge. They challenged themselves. The challenge was for us to practice hard and to get better and we did that."

North losesat Chillicothe

North lost at 24th-seeded Chillicothe 54-47 in the second round March 6.

The 34th-seed Warriors, who had a first-round bye, finished 7-16.

North led 11-10 after one quarter and trailed 19-14 at halftime. Connor Ledford led the Warriors with 12 points and Nick Meyer added 11.

Tommy Bolte scored 24 points for Chillicothe.

Central's seasonends at Newark

Central lost at fifth-seeded Newark 64-49 in the second round March 4 to finish 4-19.

The 39th-seeded Warhawks had a first-round bye.

Central trailed 41-36 after three quarters and was outscored 23-13 in the fourth. Will Maynus and Anthony Arnold each scored 16 points for the Warhawks.

Jordan Dartis, the Player of the Year in the OCC-Ohio and co-Player of the Year in the district with Northland's Seth Towns, led Newark with 25 points.