With three games in five days, the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball looked like a weary team in its OCC-Central Division matchup Tuesday with Hilliard Darby.

With three games in five days, the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball looked like a weary team in its OCC-Central Division matchup Tuesday with Hilliard Darby.

The Shamrocks had breezed past Thomas Worthington 77-29 last Friday before defeating a solid Toledo Waite team 68-51 two days later.

Still, Coffman turned a five-point halftime lead into a 21-point advantage early in the fourth quarter before holding off a late Panthers rally to win 52-40.

"We didn't have our legs," said Coffman coach Mary Ann Grimes, whose team improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the OCC-Central Division. "We were a little flat and a little tired and we didn't run the floor as well as we do, but we knew Darby would come in here and play us hard because they always do."

A 12-2 run propelled the Shamrocks in the third quarter when Becca Bornhorst scored eight of her 15 points to lead three players in double figures.

Coffman outscored Darby 19-5 in the third quarter.

"At halftime, we all kind of talked in the locker room and said we've got to pick it up a couple of notches," Bornhorst said. "Our coach always says the first three minutes of the third quarter are the most important. We just knew we had to come out and make run on them."

Senior Shanee` Jackson with 18 points led the way for the Panthers who dropped to 4-2 and 2-2. She cut the lead to 48-37 with about two minutes to play.

"I told the girls there were just too many stretches with key mistakes or there were back to back offensive rebounds by Coffman," Darby coach Chris Maul said. "We wanted to cut it to 14 or 15 points halfway through the fourth quarter and we did that. They played hard."