Coffman boys reach semifinal
The Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball team helped coach Jamey Collins reach a milestone with a 48-42 win over visiting Grove City in a Division I district tournament second-round game Feb. 27.
It was Collins' 250th career victory.
Senior forward Jason Hall and senior guard Tyrel Jackson each scored 11 points and senior guard Josh Morrow had nine, all on 3-pointers.
Grove City committed 19 turnovers.
"We had some good moments, but at the same time we had a breakdown or we'd miss a layup or some strange things would happen to us right when it seemed like we were getting ready to go on a nice run, and that happened in the first half and in the second half," Collins said.
Collins had 70 wins at Morral Ridgedale from 1998-2002 and 180 at Coffman before the Shamrocks played 10th-seeded and defending state champion Pickerington Central in a district semifinal March 6.
The seventh-seeded Shamrocks entered the game 18-4.
The winner advanced to play fourth-seeded New Albany or 18th-seeded Olentangy Orange in a district final at noon Saturday, March 9, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The Shamrocks defeated Orange 54-47 on Jan. 22 as Hall and Jackson each scored 12 points.
Coffman has not played New Albany this season.
If the Shamrocks defeated Central, they would play for their first district title since 2010 and sixth overall.
The district champion will play Gahanna, Newark, Reynoldsburg or Westerville North in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. March 14 at the Fairgrounds. The regional final is 7 p.m. March 16 at the Fairgrounds.
Girls team loses in district final
With the girls team trailing third-seeded Orange 32-13 late in the first half in a district final March 2 at Hilliard Davidson, senior point guard Quynh Vo helped lead a comeback.
The fourth-seeded Shamrocks closed to within five points in the second half, but could not get closer in a 60-47 loss.
Vo, who was one of five seniors on the team, scored 11 of her 13 points in the third quarter.
Coffman finished 22-3.
"We talked to them at halftime," coach Bryan Patton said. "We were a little nervous from the get-go. It looked like we were playing in our first district final and they looked like they were playing in their third. The girls fought, the girls did a good job in the second half, especially playing hard."
Sophomore forward/center Sade Olatoye led the Shamrocks with 15 points. Sophomore guard Kamerine Taylor scored 13.
"I told the girls to be proud, don't hang your head and make sure that you understand that you had a good season and this isn't the worst thing that's ever going happen to you, and you'll get over it," Patton said.
Orange is coached by Mary Ann Grimes, who was the coach at Coffman for 12 seasons before resigning in 2008. The Pioneers won their first district title.
Coffman defeated fifth-seeded Northland 64-45 in a district semifinal Feb. 28 at Davidson. Vo scored 18 points, Olatoye scored 16 and Taylor scored 15.
Olatoye and Taylor were first-team all-OCC-Central Division, Vo was second-team all-league, junior forward Griffin Tullis was special mention all-league and senior guard Rylee Axner was honorable mention all-league.
Olatoye, Taylor, Tullis and Vo were honorable mention all-district.
The Shamrocks tied Davidson for first in the OCC-Central 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).
Coffman played shorthanded most of the season.
Sophomore forward Damonique Patterson, a transfer from Wheeling (W.Va.) Linsly, was lost for the season after sustaining a meniscus injury to her right knee in a 55-40 win over Marysville on Dec. 14.
Senior guard Grace Filler sprained her right ankle in a 66-46 win over Jonathan Alder on Dec. 8 and was lost for the season.
Sophomore guard Maddie Andrews was lost for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in her right knee sustained during practice in January.
Sophomore forward Haleigh Gilliland also is expected to return next season.
"We (surpassed) a lot of people's expectations," Vo said. "With all the injuries, no one thought we'd get past the district semis, but we proved to them that we are a good team."