In the past, the Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball team has relied on a potent offense that typically featured a go-to scorer.

In the past, the Dublin Scioto High School girls basketball team has relied on a potent offense that typically featured a go-to scorer.

A year ago, Lindsey Kell and Katie Papesh averaged nearly 13 points per game for the Irish, who weren't afraid to shoot from 3-point range.

In 2006-07, the offense was designed around Crystal Murdaugh, an all-state selection who led Scioto to a Division I regional final.

First-year coach Matt Fisher's motion offense is more about patience than potency.

"We're assuming our offense is going to come from our defense," said Fisher, whose team was 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Westerville Central last Tuesday. "We're not going to come down and fire it up. We've got a lot of movement, and we wait for opponents to make a mistake."

As a young Scioto team adjusts, it was averaging just 40.6 points per game before last Tuesday. The Irish shot 27 percent from the field and 23 percent from 3-point range in their first five games.

No one has been a dominant scorer, although senior guard Kelly Flood did finish with 18 points in a 36-30 victory at Hilliard Darby on Nov. 30.

In a 47-41 win over Westerville North last Friday, Flood and sophomore Anna Buhigas each scored 10 points.

"Our scoring definitely comes from different places every night," junior guard Sara Leach said. "We don't have a set scorer, and you just don't know who's going to step up. The motion offense is really new for us and we're getting used to it. You can't look for that first shot."

While Scioto's offensive stat sheet might not look too impressive, the defense was averaging nine steals and 20 rebounds through five games.

Outside of a 64-39 loss to Olentangy on Dec. 7 and a 53-40 loss to Watterson in the opener on Nov. 26, the Irish have held opponents to 41 points or fewer.

"That Olentangy game kind of blew up on us in the second half, and I think if we played Watterson again it would be closer," Fisher said. "We struggled over the summer because most of the girls didn't have any varsity experience, but they've gotten better every week."

The Irish will be tested today by a New Albany team that was 4-1 overall before last Tuesday's game against Franklin Heights.

Like Scioto, the Eagles are young and learning how to play together, according to coach Jamie Puryear.

New Albany's offense lost 24 points per game with the graduation of Haley and Hannah Robertson. The sisters helped the Eagles win the OCC-Capital at 13-1 last year after finishing runner-up the previous three seasons.

"They love to shoot it a lot, and they score a lot of points," Fisher said. "When we saw them, I don't think there was a 3-pointer they didn't like. We've got six different scenarios we like on defense and we'll have something in mind for them."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Scioto boys and girls basketball teams:

BOYS

*Last Friday - Lost to Westerville North 61-40. Josh Ashwill scored 14 points and Raneal Ewing added 12.

*Last Tuesday - Played Westerville Central

Wednesday - Buckeye Valley at Olentangy Liberty in Larry Eberst Classic

Dec. 29 - At Athens

*Jan. 3 - Home vs. Liberty

Of note: The Irish were 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the OCC before last Tuesday.

GIRLS

*Last Friday - Defeated Westerville North 47-41. Kelly Flood and Anna Buhigas each had 10 points.

*Last Tuesday - Played Westerville Central

Today - Home vs. New Albany

*Jan. 3 - At Liberty

Of note: The Irish were 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the OCC before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Cardinal game