Granville women’s basketball takes top seed in Central District

COLUMBUS — It’s no surprise that the Granville women’s basketball team won the No. 1 seed in Division II on Sunday in the Central District tournament draw.

The undefeated Blue Aces are the defending district champions and have been ranked No. 1 in the state media poll since it began in early January.

Granville, who visits the Watkins Memorial Monday for a Licking County league vs. Buckeye Division showdown, may see a familiar foe on his way to a repeat district title. The Blue Aces, who open the playoffs against No. 17 Utica on Feb. 15, could see No. 3 River Valley in a district final, which would be a rubber game between the two programs.

Granville’s sophomore Harper Annarino slips into the perimeter as she takes on Newark Catholic senior Chloe Chard-Peloquin in a game earlier this season. The Blue Aces were seeded Sunday in the Division II district tournament.

Newark secured the No. 4 Division I seed as the Wildcats chase an eighth straight district title. The Wildcats, who host No. 42 Licking Heights in the first round on Feb. 15, could see No. 14 Teays Valley and No. 5 Gahanna on their way, two teams they beat earlier this season.

Newark Catholic secured the No. 3 seed in Division IV and has a tough road to a repeat of its district title. The Green Wave, which hosts No. 16 Fairfield Christian on Feb. 16, would likely see the top-seeded Tree of Life and No. 2 Bern Union in back-to-back matches.

Johnstown received the No. 10 seed in Division III and visits No. 5 Fairbanks on February 19 in a game that directly feeds into the district semi-finals. If the Johnnies win, they will likely meet No. 3 Cardington in the district semi-finals, a rematch of the Johnnies’ loss to the Pirates at the same time in 2021.

Watkins received the No. 12 seed in Division I and visits No. 10 Delaware or hosts No. 26 Thomas Worthington in the second round on Feb. 18. The Warriors were district finalists last season.

Licking Valley received the No. 7 Division II seed and hosts No. 11 Lakewood on February 18. The Panthers won the teams LCL game in November, and that game directly feeds into a district semi-final likely against No. 2 Bishop Hartley.

Granville Christian received the No. 10 seed in Division IV and visits No. 6 Northmor on February 19. Liberty Christian is the No. 18 seed and will visit either No. 4 Danville or No. 17 Shekinah Christian on February 19.

Heath is the No. 16 seed in Division II and visits River Valley on February 18. Northridge is the No. 19 seed in Division III and visits No. 1 Worthington Christian on February 16.

This article originally appeared on Newark Advocate: Granville women’s basketball takes top seed in Central District

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