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Coffman's Vo is a player for all seasons

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Dublin Coffman High School senior Quynh Vo doesn't want to think about what her life would be like without sports.

A guard for the girls basketball team, she was the goalkeeper for the girls soccer team last fall and plans to return as the shortstop for the softball team in the spring.

"I can't do anything without sports," Vo said. "I love playing year-round."

Vo scored eight points, including a 3-pointer, to help the girls basketball team avenge a 42-20 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Dec. 7 by defeating the visiting Wildcats 46-40 on Jan. 18.

The win moved Coffman into a first-place tie with Davidson in the OCC-Central Division. Both teams are 8-1 in the league with five games remaining. Olentangy Liberty and Upper Arlington are tied for third at 5-4.

"We were all prepared for this," Vo said of the rematch with Davidson. "We had four days of practice to prepare for them and we knew what we had do. We're not going to let them beat us on our home floor."

Vo, who shares captain duties with senior guard Shelby Saunders and junior forward Griffin Tullis, averaged four assists last season and was named honorable mention all-league, as the Shamrocks finished 20-3.

Last fall, Vo was named second-team all-league and helped the girls soccer team reach a Division I regional semifinal and finish 15-1-4.

"Basketball IQ-wise, she's as good as it gets," girls basketball coach Bryan Patton said. "She's very smart academically. She's a good kid. She's very smart, very heady."

Vo, who has a 4.2 grade-point average, is considering attending Otterbein University, where she would like to play basketball and soccer.

"I would miss playing sports and I just want to carry that going from high school to college," she said. "School always comes first and sports will come after. If I don't have any grades, I can't play."

In the win over Davidson, Coffman opened a 16-5 lead early in the second quarter and took a 21-12 lead into halftime. The Shamrocks used an 11-0 run to open a 39-23 lead with 6 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the game before withstanding a late rally by the Wildcats.

Bates led the Shamrocks with 20 points, with Tullis and sophomore guard Kamerine Taylor adding 14 and 11 points, respectively.

"I thought it was going to be a hard-fought game," Patton said. "I felt like we were a better team and for most of the game we proved that. We kind of got a little anxious and nervous down to the last four, five minutes of the game, but we made enough plays and our defense made a couple big plays when we had to."

Coffman is relying on its depth, as it has been hit hard by injuries. Sophomore guard Maddie Andrews and sophomore forward Damonique Patterson both are out for the season with knee injuries.

Senior guard Grace Filler, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, is expected to return to the lineup in the coming weeks, Patton said.

Boys team falls to Reynoldsburg

The boys team closed last week with a 62-45 loss to Reynoldsburg on Jan. 19.

The game was tied at 28 at halftime, but the Shamrocks were outscored 34-17 in the second half. The Raiders were ranked sixth in the Division I state poll last week behind top-ranked Northland and second-ranked Westerville North.

Forwards Jason Hall and Kevin Marsh and guard Seth Fuller each scored seven points for the Shamrocks, who were 9-3 overall before playing Olentangy Orange on Jan. 22.

Coffman defeated Davidson 73-50 on Jan. 18 to remain in a first-place tie with Liberty in the OCC-Central at 7-1.

Guard C.J. Saunders led the Shamrocks with 16 points. Fuller had 14 points and guards Nate Axelrod and Tyrel Jackson scored 13 and 12, respectively.

"We're just Jekyll and Hyde right now," coach Jamey Collins said. "From one game to the next, we're just not sure and the opponent deserves credit, too, but we're just not sure what's going to happen. I don't know how many wake-up calls we need. We've had several now."

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