The Division II Central District girls basketball tournament draw took place Sunday, Feb. 4. That meant team records had to be in to tournament organizers well before this weekend’s hoop action.
That turned out to be a good thing for the London High School girls basketball team because despite losing a 49-40 decision against Mid-State League Ohio Division foe Bexley Friday, the Red Raiders (15-3) were tabbed the No. 1 seed in the upcoming district tournament.
The loss to Bexley were damaging to the Lady Raiders chances of winning a MSL Ohio title as they now sit with a 6-2 league mark, trailing Bexley (14-5, 8-1) in the standings.
London jumped out to an early lead against the visiting Lions and lead 16-7 after a quarter. But Bexley held a 20-12 scoring advantage in the second quarter and it was a slim 28-27 lead at the break for the Raiders.
The Lions put the game away in the fourth quarter. Hannah Coleman led London with 17 points. Malorie Colwell added eight and Darcy Mitchell and Karlie Alexander both finished with six points.
London is the top seed in the district and will open postseason play Friday, Feb. 23 at home against either No. 12 Licking Valley or No. 14 Highland at 7 p.m. Those teams open the tourney Tuesday, Feb. 20. A London win in its tournament opener would get it a date with either No. 7 Bloom-Carroll or No. 15 Heath in a D-II district semifinal.
River Valley is the second seed, followed by Columbus Independence, Granville and Bexley.
Jonathan Alder picked up a confidence building 61-25 win over host Bellefontaine Saturday, Feb. 3 and improved to 8-10 overall. The Lady Pioneers were selected the 13th seed (out of 19) and will play at No. 9 Linden Friday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The winner of the Alder-Linden tilt will likely get No. 2 River Valley in a district semifinal Tuesday, Feb. 27.
The Lady Roughriders of West Jefferson (8-10) are the No. 13 seed in the upcoming D-III district tournament and have a first-round bye. They will play the winner of No. 9 Bishop Ready and No. 11 Grandview on Saturday, Feb. 24. The location of the game will be played at the site of the better seeded team.
Madison-Plains (0-16) is seeded 24th (out of 24) and has a first-round bye and will get either No. 1 Africentric or No. 23 Columbus School for Girls. Madison-Plains High School will play its first tourney game Feb. 24 on the road.
Shekinah Christian (15-4) is the No. 3 seed in the D-IV tournament and will open postseason play at home against No. 11 Tree of Life Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
The top seeds in D-IV are No. 1 Fairfield Christian and No. 2 Berne Union.
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