Coffman girls look to clinch league title
The Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team entered the final week of the regular season looking to win its second consecutive OCC-Central Division title.
Before playing Westland on Feb. 5, the Shamrocks were 11-1 in the league. Hilliard Davidson was second at 10-2 after losing to Coffman 46-40 on Jan. 18 and Westland 40-39 on Jan. 29.
The Shamrocks close league play Friday, Feb. 8, at Olentangy Liberty. Davidson played Liberty on Feb. 5 and wraps up league play Friday, Feb. 8, at home against Thomas Worthington.
"We go to Liberty and we have a chance to achieve one of our goals this year," coach Bryan Patton said. "We set out basically two goals -- win our conference again and win a district championship."
Coffman is seeded fourth in the Division I district tournament and will play host to Marysville on Feb. 16 in the first round. The winner will play Watterson or Westland on Feb. 20.
"We match up with most teams in central Ohio," Patton said. "We have a chance against anybody. We just have to prepare well and we have to play well. There are a lot of good teams in central Ohio."
Coffman moved closer to a league title by defeating Thomas 80-26 on Jan. 29 and Central Crossing 50-44 on Feb. 1.
Against Thomas, guards Kaylee Taylor and Quynh Vo each scored 12 points and guard Kamerine Taylor scored 10.
Kamerine Taylor scored 16 points and Sade Olatoye scored 10 against Central Crossing, which couldn't hold a six-point lead in the third quarter.
"It was a hard-fought game," Patton said. "Our intensity wasn't what it should be, but it was a good win."
Through 18 games, Kamerine Taylor was averaging a team-leading 10.6 points, followed by Olatoye (10.2), Vo (9.1) and forward Griffin Tullis (8.8).
"(Winning the league title) would just be amazing because our seniors are just working so hard and our entire team is just working hard, so it would just be so rewarding," Tullis said.
Olatoye led in rebounding at 13.1 per game.
"We're working every day," Patton said. "We still have to get better in the half court (and) run some more offense. We still have to be a better rebounding team, especially if Sade's not in the game."
Boys team also eyeing league title
The boys team also had its sights on a league title entering this week, as the Shamrocks were tied with Liberty for first at 10-1 before playing Westland on Feb. 5.
Coffman will play host to Liberty on Friday, Feb. 8.
The Shamrocks lost to the Patriots 60-51 on Jan. 8, as guards Nate Axelrod and Josh Morrow and forward Jason Hall each scored 11 points. Forward Alex Radkiewicz scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Liberty.
The Shamrocks defeated Thomas 46-44 on Jan. 29, Central Crossing 72-46 on Feb. 1 and Canton McKinley 63-60 on Feb. 3.
Against McKinley, Axelrod hit two free throws with 8 seconds remaining. Marsh scored 24 points and Axelrod scored 11.
"Last week was a very big week for us and this week that will continue," coach Jamey Collins said. "We have been asking our players to give more and they have responded pretty well. (Guard) Tyrel Jackson has been coming on as of late and our younger players (guards Seth Fuller, C.J. Saunders and Shaun Rankin) continue to improve as their roles have expanded."
Hall was leading the team in scoring (13.6 points) and rebounding (7.6) averages through 17 games. Marsh was averaging 10.8 points and Axelrod was at 10.1 points per game.