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Jerome girls adjusting after opening losses

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The Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball team lost its first two games, but it has had a lot of time to make adjustments.

The Celtics were 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before their home game against Hilliard Bradley on Dec. 6 was postponed. Before that, they lost a league game to Westerville Central 45-42 on Nov. 22 and fell to New Albany 44-30 on Nov. 26.

Jerome's next game is an OCC-Cardinal contest Friday, Dec. 13, at Hilliard Darby. Barring more bad weather, the Celtics will go 17 days without facing an opponent.

"We have been working as a team, working as hard as we can to get better," said Madison Watson, a 6-foot-1 senior post player. "We have been working on our conditioning, because we can't afford to get out of game shape. We have a lot of time to make up for and we can't lose that conditioning."

Watson led the Celtics with 13 points against New Albany. Haley Kiefer had seven points, while Andrea Davidson, Amanda Kessler and Sarah Youngs all scored three.

"Since the first two games, we really have been focusing on defense and taking care of the ball," Watson said. "One of the keys to the first two losses was that we had so many turnovers. Maybe (the turnovers were) because they were our first two games of the season, I'm not sure. But we have been slowing down our pace and working on playing without making so many turnovers. We're really looking forward getting back and playing Friday against Darby."

The game against Bradley has been rescheduled for Jan. 11.

Jerome boys fall to UA in opener

The Jerome boys team lost its opener to Upper Arlington 57-38 on Dec. 7.

"I feel like I have to do a better job of getting the kids ready to play," first-year coach Jamie Pearson said. "They have been great at responding to whatever we do, so we'll go back to the drawing board and work to get better."

Conner Kerns led the Celtics with 12 points and Mason Baich had 11. Seve Stavroff scored five points, and Clayton Colvin and Nate Szekely added four each.

"Early in the game, both teams were cold, with (Upper) Arlington leading 7-4 after the first quarter," Pearson said. "We missed some easy shots and so did (the Golden Bears). They had 18 turnovers, we had 22. It was a typical first game and we saw some things we could work on.

"We have a young group of kids who will run through the wall for us. We found that out against (Upper) Arlington. Our kids were diving on the floor and helping their teammates. The effort was there and that's always something you can work with."

The Celtics had their OCC-Cardinal game Dec. 6 at Bradley postponed because of bad weather.

Jerome plays a league game Friday, Dec. 13, at home against Darby.

"In (the first) two weeks (of the season), we'll have played only one game, so we're going to have a bunch of games coming at some point," Pearson said. "We'll have a whole week of practice (before playing Darby), so we're going to work hard to get ready. ... We're ready to get started."

Coffman girls rebound from loss

After losing to Toledo Notre Dame Academy 56-48 in its opener Nov. 26 at Reynoldsburg, the Coffman girls team had won three consecutive games before playing Hilliard Davidson in an OCC-Central contest Dec. 11.

The Davidson game was postponed Dec. 6 because of bad weather.

Against Notre Dame, Kamerine Taylor scored a game-high 25 points.

Coffman won at Granville 71-41 on Nov. 25 as Sade Olatoye scored 22 points and Karen Escobar scored 10.

The Shamrocks then won at Upper Arlington 42-32 in their OCC-Central opener Nov. 29 as Christine Szabo scored 16 points and Olatoye had 12.

Olatoye, Szabo and Taylor each scored 16 points as Coffman defeated visiting Teays Valley 73-54 on Dec. 7.

Coffman boys win first two games

The Coffman boys team opened 2-0, defeating host Mifflin 84-36 on Nov. 30 and Canton Timken 61-55 in the Clark Kellogg Tip-Off Classic on Dec. 7 at Ohio Dominican.

Against Mifflin, Luke Vargo scored 19 points, Seth Fuller had 15, Noah Gleason had 11 and Nate Axelrod scored 10.

Axelrod scored 19 points, Noah Vollmer had 13 and C.J. Saunders added 10 against Timken.

The Shamrocks' OCC-Central opener against Davidson was postponed Dec. 6 because of bad weather.

--Frank DiRenna

Scioto boys drop first two

The Scioto boys team was 0-2 overall before playing Marion Harding on Dec. 10.

The Irish opened the season under first-year coach Mike Moler by losing at Olentangy 67-52 on Dec. 3. Scott Berg led Scioto with 23 points, Zac Brown had 12 and Nick Pothoven added 11.

Scioto then lost at home to Westerville Central 67-49 on Dec. 7 in its OCC-Cardinal opener. The game was pushed back a day because of bad weather.

Berg led the Irish with 15 points.

Scioto girls lose first four games

The Scioto girls team was 0-4 under first-year coach Jen Clark before playing Lancaster on Dec. 10.

The Irish opened by losing at home to Watterson 49-21 on Nov. 26 as Brianna Bell scored 12 points.

Scioto then began OCC-Cardinal play by losing at home to Canal Winchester 34-24 on Nov. 29 as Abbie Moore scored eight points.

The Irish lost at home to Worthington Kilbourne 46-28 on Dec. 3 as Moore scored eight points.

Scioto fell to 0-2 in the league when it lost at Westerville Central 64-15 on Dec. 7 in a game that was rescheduled from Dec. 6 because of bad weather.

--Frank DiRenna

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