COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tickets to the district finals are being punched in girls basketball. Let's take a look at all the Division I and II district semifinal action in the area.
Newark advances to the district final to take on Watkins Memorial on Fri., Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m.
In arguably the biggest matchup of the night, Dublin Coffman and Marion Harding battled for an entertaining first half before the Rocks pulled away after halftime.
The visiting Prexies came out on fire as senior guards Ariyah Douglas and Nicole Flock helped Harding build an early first quarter lead. Dublin Coffman struck right back as sophomore Jenna Kopyar buried a buzzer beating three to end the first quarter to give the Rocks a 14-13 advantage.
After that point, it was all Coffman as the Rocks extended its lead to six at half before cruising in the second half. Kopyar, Tessa Grady and Tara Flynn combined for 37 points to pace the Rocks while Flock and Douglas combined for 24 for Harding.
Dublin Coffman advances to the district final to take on Marysville on Sat., Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m.
The early full court press from the Lady Raiders threw Canal Winchester off their game and junior Imarianah Russell led the way as Reynoldsburg cruised to a 71-42 win.
Decked out in the home white jerseys, Reynoldsburg jumped out to an 11-2 lead and it was never that close again. The defense of the Lady Raiders was top-notch, forcing numerous turnovers before the ball crossed half-court.
Russell was tremendous on both ends of the floor, Mya Perry was her consistent self and the talented bunch seemed sharp all evening. The Reynoldsburg trio was complete as Alexia Mobley had another double double showing with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Reynoldsburg advances to the district final to take on Logan on Sat., Feb. 27 at 11:00 a.m.
While Pickerington Central was the lower seeded team heading into this contest, we would not exactly call it an upset as the Tigers dominated from start to finish in a big 57-37 win over Westerville North.
Playing suffocating defense all night long, the Tigers did not allow Westerville North to covert on their first field goal of the contest until there were less than two minutes to go in the first half.
Pickerington Central received excellent contributions from their entire rotation highlighted by a game-high 21 points from Madison Greene, while Emoni Finch led Westerville North with 19 in the loss.
Pickerington Central advances to the district final to take on Bishop Watterson on Sat., Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Senior Kilyn McGuff and the Bishop Watterson Eagles punched their ticket to the district final game with a 43-34 victory over Hilliard
Kilyn McGuff propelled Watterson’s offense in the first tallying seven points in the quarter, giving the Eagles a three point lead with just a couple of seconds left. On an aggressive cut to the basket, Chloe Callahan finished through contact for the three point play, cutting the lead to one point heading into the second.
The Eagles stepped up their defense in the second quarter, boosting their lead before the half. Kilyn McGuff continued her offensive gem, knocking down two threes and a two point field goal. Watterson held a 22-16 lead after two quarters.
The Eagles came out of halftime on a mission. They started the quarter on a 7-2 run before the Jaguars were forced to take a timeout. Bradley chipped away at the lead and Carly Callahan capped off the quarter with a coast to coast buzzer beater. Watterson went into the final frame with a 31-27 lead.
Bradley opened the fourth on a 5-0 run thanks to Leigha Dennison, giving the Jaguars a momentary lead. A Kilyn McGuff three sparked a 7-0 Watterson run giving them the lead for good. Kilyn McGuff led the Eagles with 19 followed by Danielle Grim with nine. Chloe Callahan tallied 11 and was supported by Carly Callahan and Leigha Dennison with eight each.
Bradley. Bishop Watterson advances to the district final to take on Pickerington Central on Sat., Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Watkins Memorial advances to the district final to take on Newark on Fri., Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Logan advances to the district final to take on Reynoldsburg on Sat., Feb. 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Marysville advances to the district final to take on Dublin Coffman on Sat., Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Granville advances to the district final to take on Jonathan Alder on Sat., Feb. 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Bishop Hartley advances to the district final to take on Heath on Sat., Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Heath advances to the district final to take on Bishop Hartley on Sat., Feb. 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Jonathan Alder advances to the district final to take on Granville on Sat., Feb. 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Circleville advances to the district final to take on Vinton County on Fri., Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Warren advances to the district final to take on Sheridan on Fri., Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m.