Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball coach Bryan Patton spent time after his team's 55-40 win over visiting Marysville on Dec. 14 receiving a medical update on his players.
The Shamrocks have been hit hard by injuries and illnesses since the season began last month, but they still managed to hold a 4-1 record before playing Thomas Worthington on Dec. 18.
"It is what it is and you just kind of have to adjust to it," Patton said. "The kids have done a pretty good job making sure they focus on who's out there and who's playing. That's really all you can do. You have to alter your style a little bit. Our girls have done a pretty good job."
Sophomore guard Kamerine Taylor, who was named second-team all-OCC-Central Division and honorable mention all-district in Division I last season, sprained her right ankle early in a 42-20 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Dec. 7.
According to Patton, the Shamrocks' point total against Davidson represents the lowest during the 11 seasons he has been involved with the program.
Taylor sat out a 66-46 win over Jonathan Alder on Dec. 8 and the win over Marysville and was expected to miss the game against Thomas. Patton was hoping she would ready to return to the lineup on Friday, Dec. 21, at home against Central Crossing.
Senior guard Grace Filler has been sidelined since spraining her right ankle against Jonathan Alder but could return by the end of the month, Patton said, and senior point guard Quynh Vo missed most of the game against Davidson because of illness.
The latest to go down with an injury is sophomore forward Damonique Patterson, who hurt her right knee in the first quarter against Marysville. The extent of the injury was not immediately known.
According to Patton, Patterson was to be reevaluated this week.
Others have stepped up to fill the void, including junior forward Griffin Tullis and senior guard Kaylee Taylor. Against Marysville, Tullis scored a game-high 15 points and Taylor scored 12.
Vo had seven points and nine steals against the Monarchs and sophomore center Sade Olatoye added eight points and eight rebounds.
"We're down a couple players and that kind of hurts us with the subs, but we're stepping up and our seniors are stepping up," Vo said. "We're going to have to wait until they all come back. We're all taking part in stepping up and playing our own roles."
After playing Central Crossing, Coffman will prepare for the Watterson Christmas Classic. The Shamrocks face Canal Winchester on Dec. 27 and Hilliard Bradley on Dec. 28.
"We're young and inexperienced and hopefully the next few games we'll get some girls in and they can play hard," Patton said. "We'll try to get to the (holiday) break in a few days and get some rest and then get ready for a holiday tournament."
Boys team off to strong start
The boys team won its first three games, but coach Jamey Collins knows the Shamrocks are capable of playing better.
"There's not a lot to be upset about," he said. "It's certainly not perfect, but certainly also not a lot to be upset about, either."
Coffman travels to Central Crossing on Friday, Dec. 21, for an OCC-Central game before playing host to Toledo Waite on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The Shamrocks have played Waite the past four seasons, winning each of the contests. They won 61-52 last year.
"Waite is typically very athletic, competitive," Collins said. "It's going to be tough, but they'll have the same thing. You have to play a Friday night game and then turn around and play on Saturday, but they're in the same boat. It will be interesting."
Coffman improved to 2-0 in the league with an 88-73 win at Marysville on Dec. 14 as five players scored in double figures.
Junior guard Nate Axelrod led the Shamrocks with 20 points, followed by senior forward Kevin Marsh with 19, senior post player Hayden Dygert with 16, senior forward Jason Hall with 13 and senior guard Tyrel Jackson with 12.
"We're off to a really good start," senior guard Josh Morrow said. "Centennial (a 61-59 win on Dec. 1) was a good game and these last two (a 62-46 win over Davidson on Dec. 7 and Marysville) we pulled away at the end and we've played pretty well this year so far."