Coffman looking for more titles
The Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team hopes to defend its league championship and then win at least one more title.
The Shamrocks finished 13-1 in the OCC-Central Division a year ago for their first league title since 2009.
They went 20-3 overall, but lost to Gahanna 41-34 in a Division I district semifinal after defeating Marysville 63-26 and Watkins Memorial 63-16 in the first two rounds of the tournament.
"I thought we could be in a district final last year," fourth-year coach Bryan Patton said. "I think this year, this team has a chance and our goal is to win it. We want to take care of our league and still have a good chance to (win a district title) if we stay healthy and stay focused, because these girls are accomplished."
Coffman opened Nov. 24 by beating Akron Hoban 57-46 in the Gary West Tipoff Classic at Reynoldsburg. The Shamrocks begin league play Friday, Nov. 30, at home against Upper Arlington.
Last season in the league, the Shamrocks finished ahead of UA (12-2), Central Crossing (11-3), Hilliard Davidson (7-7), Thomas Worthington (6-8), Hilliard Darby (4-10), Westland (2-12) and Worthington Kilbourne (1-13).
Coffman's league loss came against Central Crossing, 43-40 in the opener. The Shamrocks swept the season series with UA, winning 39-38 and 54-43.
Coffman won four consecutive league titles from 2006-09.
Darby and Kilbourne have moved to the OCC-Cardinal, and Olentangy Liberty and Marysville now are in the OCC-Central.
"(Upper) Arlington lost a bunch of seniors, although they're competitive every year," Patton said. "Hilliard Davidson returns a lot of players and Liberty should be pretty solid. Central Crossing kind of surprised a lot of teams last year. They have some good athletes."
The Shamrocks will look to underclassmen for key contributions this season.
Sophomore guard Kamerine Taylor (5-foot-8) averaged a team-high 9.3 points last season and was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.
Sophomore forward/center Sade Olatoye (6-1) averaged 7.4 points and a team-high 9.8 rebounds. She was special mention all-league and honorable mention all-district.
"Our chemistry is even stronger than it's ever been because we're just so close," Olatoye said.
"We're going to be a good team this year."
Senior guard Quynh Vo (5-6) averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 assists a year ago and was honorable mention all-league.
Also back are seniors Rylee Axner (5-6, guard), Grace Filler (5-6, guard; 6.6 points), Shelby Saunders (5-5, guard) and Kaylee Taylor (5-6, guard) and 5-10 junior forward Griffin Tullis.
Sophomores Maddie Andrews (5-6, guard) and Haleigh Gilliland (5-10, forward) played junior varsity last season.
Sophomore forward Damonique Patterson (5-10), a transfer from Wheeling (W.Va.) Linsly, also is expected to contribute.
Coffman lost one player to graduation in guard Darian Maynard, although senior McKenzie Bailey (forward) and juniors Sam Edwards (guard) and Amanda Stratton (forward) did not return because of other sports commitments.
Bailey averaged 8.4 points and 8.1 rebounds and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.