According to coach Jim Strode, the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls basketball team played its best game of the season against Reynoldsburg in a Division I district semifinal Feb. 25.

According to coach Jim Strode, the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls basketball team played its best game of the season against Reynoldsburg in a Division I district semifinal Feb. 25.

However, Reynoldsburg's Mackenzie Davis banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, giving the fifth-seeded Raiders a 60-57 win at Westerville South. Reynoldsburg went on to win a district title, while the 18th-seeded Wolves finished 15-9 overall.

"I couldn't be more proud of these girls and the effort, guts and grit they displayed," Strode said. "It was a game of runs and we thought we made the last one and were going to overtime. When something like this happens, you just have to tip your hat to Reynoldsburg.

"They're very disciplined and (coach Jack Purtell) has built a great program. They're in (a) district championship (game) almost every year. We've never been to a district championship (game), yet our girls played their best on a big stage. It just wasn't enough. ... The game was perhaps the best one I've been a part of on the sideline, and I know it was the best game the Wolves played in our three years together. My heart hurts that we couldn't get to the district finals."

The Wolves settled down after Reynoldsburg opened the game with an 11-0 run. Kilbourne led 29-27 at halftime and was ahead 36-29 three minutes into the second half, but the Raiders went on a 22-7 run to take a 51-43 lead after three quarters.

Trailing 57-49, Kilbourne scored eight consecutive points, with junior guard Kelsey Nadolson driving to the basket to tie the score at 57 with six seconds left before Davis raced the floor and hit the winning shot.

Nadolson led the Wolves with 13 points. Sophomore guard Maggie Crozier had 12 points, senior point guard Annie Mosca scored 11, junior forward Jordyn Wilson had 10 and senior guard Julia Tout added nine.

Kilbourne advanced to the semifinal by beating 21st-seeded Gahanna 35-31 in the second round Feb. 16 after having a first-round bye.

The Wolves went 11-3 in the OCC-Capital Division to place second, behind Olentangy (13-1) and ahead of Mount Vernon (10-4), New Albany (9-5), Olentangy Orange (7-7), Big Walnut (4-10), Delaware (2-12) and Franklin Heights (0-14).

Kilbourne is losing four seniors in Mosca, Tout, guard Kylie Kott and center Hailee Wilhelm.

Crozier averaged a team-high 11.0 points, followed by Wilson (10.5), Tout (9.4), Mosca (6.0), Wilhelm (5.2), Nadolson (4.1) and Kott (3.1). Wilson averaged a team-leading 7.4 rebounds, followed by Crozier (5.0), Tout (4.5), Mosca (4.2) and Wilhelm (3.9). Mosca averaged 2.2 assists and Wilhelm (2.2) and Wilson (1.7) led in blocked shots.

Crozier and Wilson both were named first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Tout was second-team all-league, Mosca was special mention all-league and Wilhelm was honorable mention all-league.

Other expected returnees include junior Karlie Scott (forward), sophomores Olivia Durbin (guard), Meghan Nally (guard) and Morgan Schutte (guard) and freshman Sarah Baxter (center).

Durbin and Schutte were injured this season.

Cards end season with one-point loss

Thomas saw its season come to an end with a 53-52 loss to 16th-seeded New Albany in a Division I district semifinal Feb. 25 at Westerville North.

After New Albany's Brooke Isabel made a free throw with 13 seconds remaining to break a 52-all tie, the 14th-seeded Cardinals missed a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds to finish 15-6 overall.

Thomas had tied the game at 52 with a layup by junior guard Erin Baumann with 16 seconds left.

Junior point guard Jada Sleet led the Cardinals with 18 points and senior forward Martrina Parks scored 14.

"We expected that to be a battle all the way to the last shot," coach Laurie Barr said. "Knowing their style and ours, it was going to be a close game all the way to the end."

It was a turnaround season for Thomas, which finished 8-15 last season.

"Our defense did well for us and that's what jump-started our offense," Barr said. "We could get a transition game going because of that pressure. Inside, Martrina helped get rebounds and shut down some of our opponents' better players. She didn't necessarily lead us in rebounding, but her being able to box out some key people allowed her teammates to grab those rebounds. That was a big key for us."

Thomas advanced to the semifinal by upsetting seventh-seeded Watterson 51-41 in the second round Feb. 19 after having a first-round bye.

The Cardinals went 9-5 in the OCC-Central to place fourth, behind co-champions Dublin Coffman and Olentangy Liberty (both 12-2) and Upper Arlington (11-3) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (6-8), Marysville (4-10) and Central Crossing and Westland (both 1-13).

Thomas is losing three seniors in Parks, forward Carly Coleman and guard Carli Taute.

Others expected to return include sophomores Jazzlynn Gaiters (guard/forward) and Moreina Moore (guard) and freshman Breanne Beatty (guard/forward).

Earning all-league honors were Sleet (first team), Gaiters (second team), Moore (special mention) and Parks (honorable mention). Sleet and Gaiters also both made honorable mention all-district.

"We accomplished several goals by going undefeated in non-league play in the regular season ... and beating some top teams in the district," Barr said. "We fell one basket short in the district semifinal, but that has our returning players hungry for next season."