After losing in a Division II district final a year ago, the Hartley High School girls basketball team left Westerville Central on March 3 with a championship trophy.
The top-seeded Hawks got 15 points from Kennedy Taylor, 13 from Hailey Jordan and 12 from Chia Nwokolo as they beat fourth-seeded Lakewood 53-36 to improve to 21-5 and advance to a regional semifinal against Millersburg West Holmes or Dresden Tri-Valley on March 7.
The Lancers finished 18-7.
“We’ve got a really great coaching staff behind me and we executed our game plan,” Hawks coach Donald Dennis said. “I’m just really proud of these kids.”
Hartley outscored the Lancers 19-5 in the second quarter, closing the period on an 8-0 run.
Lakewood outscored the Hawks 18-11 in the third quarter, but Hartley got the better of the action in the final period, outscoring the Lancers 17-9 as Taylor made three of four free-throw attempts.
Courtney Vierstra scored 12 points and Megan Davis 11 for the Lancers.
“We worked hard and we stayed together,” Nwokolo said.Videos •Hartley’s Hailey Jordan and Kennedy Taylor talk about their team winning a Division II district championship March 3 at Westerville Central. •The Hartley girls basketball team receives its Division II district championship trophy. •Independence's Sadera Johnson and Annika Wilson reflect on their team's Division II district championship win over Eastmoor Academy on March 3 at Westerville Central.
Independence 37, Eastmoor Academy 34
Independence and Eastmoor split two games during the regular season, but the fifth-seeded 76ers won the rubber match against the sixth-seeded Warriors in a Division II district final March 3 at Westerville Central.
Annika Wilson had 11 points and Sadera Johnson scored 10 for the 76ers, who improved to 19-5 and advanced to a regional semifinal against Dayton Carroll on March 7.
During the fourth quarter, the 76ers’ Kobie Burnside made one of her two 3-pointers and Johnson went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Eastmoor, which finished 14-9, got 10 points from Mchale Grant, nine from Samaria Rodgers-Gossett and eight from Teresa Craig.
“It’s been a six-year journey,” sixth-year 76ers coach Keith Johnson said.
Africentric 47, Cardington 35
In a Division III district final March 3 at Ohio Dominican University, top-seeded Africentric used an 18-9 third-quarter run to beat seventh-seeded Cardington for its 12th district title in 13 seasons.
Jordan Horston had 17 points, seven steals and two assists and Leah Morrow had nine points as the Nubians improved to 23-3 and advanced to a regional semifinal against Willard or Mount Blanchard Riverdale on March 8. Morrow scored seven points in the third quarter.
Cardington, which finished 18-6, led 22-21 at halftime.