Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball player Meredith Stranges didn't need her coaches telling her she had to make a bigger impact on games.

Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball player Meredith Stranges didn't need her coaches telling her she had to make a bigger impact on games.

She already knew the Shamrocks couldn't survive all season with only two established scoring options. She also already knew her varsity experience gave her the opportunity to make a difference, so she finally decided to do something about it.

"I knew I needed to do more," said Stranges, a 6-foot forward who has set her career-high in points twice in the last 12 days. "It got to me. I got mad. I knew I needed to get in there because we need more than Andrea (Baylin) and Sarah (McQuade) scoring for us to be successful."

Baylin can score inside and down low, and McQuade is a slashing guard who can get to the basket. Stranges' increased productivity now gives Coffman a consistent threat in the paint.

Stranges scored a career-high 19 points in a 60-42 victory over Central Crossing last Friday. Fourteen came in the second half and six came on a pair of post moves where she scored, got fouled and added the free throw.

Her best all-around game, though, may have been on Jan. 17 when she scored 18 points and had eight rebounds in a 43-39 victory over Lyndhurst Brush in the All-Ohio Prep Shootout at Pickerington Central. Along with the scoring and rebounding, she shut out the Arcs' Jasmine Frost, a senior center who has signed to play at Division-I Niagara University.

"I'm really pleased with how she has been playing," coach Bryan Patton said. "She has done a nice job of assuming a scoring role. She's our go-to block player. She's a smart, heady player. She has a high basketball IQ and the ability to make plays."

Stranges was averaging 8.9 points a game going into a contest against Westland last Tuesday. She had reached double figures six times, including three of the previous four games.

She also was averaging six rebounds to rank second on the squad and was shooting 53 percent from the field to lead Coffman. Patton also likes that Stranges is converting more than 70 percent of her free-throw attempts, given how often she tends to get fouled in the post.

"She is really working hard," Patton said. "She has a nice variety of post moves and works on them. We're starting to see the things in practice being implemented in games.

"She's a leader for us. She's one I don't have to worry about when she's on the floor. She makes the smart play 90 to 95 percent of the time."

Stranges was a member of the girls volleyball team that was the Division I state runner-up in the fall.

The long tournament run extended into basketball season, giving her no time to rest or get acclimated to basketball.

She appears ready now, though, and likes how the Shamrocks look with the postseason drawing near.

"The last few games are where I want to be," Stranges said.

"But I think we're all stepping up now. I think we're all leaders out there. Our bench is a lot deeper now. I definitely think we can do well."