Coffman opens tournament with easy win
After securing a share of the OCC-Central Division title, the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team opened the Division I district tournament by defeating visiting Marysville 71-44 on Feb. 16.
The fourth-seeded Shamrocks were 20-2 before playing host to 24th-seeded Watterson on Feb. 20 in a second-round game.
The winner advanced to play fifth-seeded Northland or 32nd-seeded Delaware in a district semifinal Feb. 28 at Hilliard Davidson.
The semifinal winner plays third-seeded Olentangy Orange, 11th-seeded Zanes-ville, 20th-seeded Teays Valley or 39th-seeded Chillicothe in a district final March 2 at Davidson.
Against Marysville, guard Quynh Vo led the Shamrocks with 18 points. Forward Griffin Tullis scored 14 and forward/center Sade Olatoye scored 13.
"We played well against Marysville and got back to doing some of the things we need to do for us to be a good team," coach Bryan Patton said. "Our girls had good focus and played with good energy."
Coffman earned a share of the league title by defeating visiting Westland 45-39 on Feb. 12. Guard Kamerine Taylor scored 16 points.
The Shamrocks tied Davidson for first at 12-2, ahead of Olentangy Liberty (9-5), Upper Arlington (8-6), Westland (6-8), Central Crossing (6-8), Thomas Worthington (3-11) and Marysville (0-14).
"Obviously, we're excited about being back-to-back league champions," Patton said. "Our girls went through a lot of adversity this year with all of our injuries and responded by never making excuses and playing like the defending champions that we were. As I told the girls, we're everyone's biggest game and we did a good job with our conference schedule."
Last season in the league, the Shamrocks went 13-1 to finish ahead of second-place UA (12-2).
Jerome girls fall in district opener
The Jerome girls team finished 15-8 after losing at home to 18th-seeded Central Crossing 49-32 on Feb. 16 in the opening round of the Division I district tournament.
Senior post player Sarah Auker led the 15th-seeded Celtics with eight points, senior post player Katherine McCoy scored seven and junior guard/forward Amanda Kessler added five.
Scott Hennen contributed to this story.