The seeding for the Division I tournament last Monday at Hilliard Davidson went nearly as planned, according to Hilliard Darby High School girls basketball coach Brent Bower.
The Panthers received the ninth seed and will play Walnut Ridge at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 12 at Dublin Scioto.
"We knew we would be seventh, eighth or ninth," said Bower, whose team received a program-best ninth seed last year.The Panthers had a first-round bye, defeated Worthington Kilbourne 63-56 in overtime in a sectional final and lost to Olentangy 56-53 in a district semifinal to finish 14-8."If we would have been one seed higher it would have worked out great."
With a home court advantage taken away by the Eagles, Bower
then opted for the next best scenario for getting his
team to district.
"That's our goal, to get to district, and when you get there you have to be ready to play," said Bower
, whose team was 13-3 overall and 8-2 in the OCC-Ohio Division before facing league-rival Lancaster last Tuesday."It was a very tough draw.The one through six seeds are all tough, and it doesn't matter who you play."
Lancaster earned the top seed.Independence, Brookhaven, Mifflin, Mount Vernon, Pickerington and Reynoldsburg rounded out the top seeds.
"And we are familiar with them from playing in the (OCC-Cardinal from the 1997-98 school year to last season), so I can't complain about our draw," Bower
The Panthers split with Scioto last year, losing 42-38 on the road and winning at home 38-34.
Lancaster, which is second to Independence in the area coaches poll, also is in the bottom bracket, and after a first-round bye plays Gahanna or Marion-Franklin on Feb. 18 at Groveport.If Darby and Lancaster advance, the OCC-Ohio teams would play a district semifinal Feb. 25 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Newark will play Reynoldsburg or Groveport in the second round Feb. 18 at Darby, with the winner to play Watterson, Chillicothe or Westerville South in a district semifinal Feb. 25 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
is the school Bower
coached to a 50-3 mark over two years, including 26-2 in 1998-99 when the Trojans lost 61-51 to Hopewell-Loudon in the Division IV state final.
Darby, which defeated the Lions 42-37 on Dec. 10, led the rematch 17-13 at the half and pushed its lead to 30-20 after three quarters.
..."Gahanna is an improving team with very good guard play and good shooters," said Bower, whose team will travel to Pickerington on Saturday and play host to Central Crossing on Tuesday.
"Against Southeastern we got to play a lot of kids.They filled the visitors section of our gym, and it was a fun time."
In a 54-36 loss to Pickerington on Dec. 17, Darby trailed 30-26 at halftime before being outscored 24-10 the second half.
"Hopefully we will be all right because we have an extra day of rest," Bower
said." But Pickerington is playing a lot better defensively.They have a very deep bench and used it against us (in the first game)."
The Comets fell to 1-9 in the league with a 56-41 loss at Dublin Coffman last Friday and 3-13 overall with a 60-53 loss to Columbus School for Girls
last Saturday.Darby defeated Central Crossing 61-30 on Dec. 21.
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