The Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team's 57-42 victory over Newark in the second round of the Division I district tournament Thursday at Westerville Central was decided on the baseline for the most part, making the first half an exercise in patience for injured senior Carly Weisenbach.

The Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team's 57-42 victory over Newark in the second round of the Division I district tournament Thursday at Westerville Central was decided on the baseline for the most part, making the first half an exercise in patience for injured senior Carly Weisenbach.

"I was a little nervous, yeah," said the 6-foot-3 center, who will miss the remainder of the postseason with a knee injury. "I felt better after the third quarter. I knew the girls would come around in time."

The unseeded Wildcats scored the first five points of the game and trailed only 18-13 at the half as 6-1 senior Sarah Bennett scored eight points. Her counterpart in the post position, Coffman's 6-2 Becca Bornhorst, managed only two.

"We just talked about coming out with a better mindset," Weisenbach said of the discussions that took place in the locker room. "It got easier to watch after that."

Newark scored first in the third quarter when Olivia Bybee drove the lane, but the top-seeded Shamrocks scored the next 16 points to pull ahead 31-15. The key sequence came early in the run when Coffman's Andi Baylin scored and was fouled but missed the free throw. Bornhorst grabbed the rebound, scored from the left baseline and converted her free throw to give the Shamrocks their first double-digit lead at 25-15.

"We had a couple of turnovers and made some mistakes there in the third quarter and those were huge," Newark coach J.R. Shumate said. "They're good and extremely well-coached, but we kept plugging away."

The Shamrocks, who led by as many as 24 in the fourth quarter, improved to 22-0 and advanced to play Gahanna in a district semifinal in the lower bracket at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Olentangy Orange.

Bornhorst, usually a forward before placing Weisenbach, finished with 19 points while Alex Blair, a 6-1 junior, scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half.

Bennett finished with 16 points. Bybee knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the second half, and finished with 14 points.