Both coaches were looking for improvement after the Dublin Jerome High School girls basketball team defeated visiting Scioto 45-35 on Dec. 20 in OCC-Cardinal Division play.
The Celtics had won three of their last four games to improve to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in league play, but coach Rob Dunsmore would like to see his team play in tandem.
"We have a good group of kids, but we have to play together," he said. "If we play together, we're pretty good, but if we throw the ball up and don't work together, we're pretty average.
"We have to start doing the little things right. We need to get where we're supposed to be. Everyone needs to be at the right place on the court."
The Irish are 0-7 overall and 0-4 in the OCC-Cardinal, and coach Jennifer Clark is looking for consistency.
"One thing about this group is that it's competitive, but it always seems to be one quarter that hurts us," she said. "We always have one quarter when we didn't play well or give up too much defensively."
That was the third quarter against Jerome. Trailing 22-15 at halftime, Scioto was outscored 16-6 and had only one free throw from Abbie Moore over the final five minutes of the third to trail 38-21 entering the fourth.
The Irish rallied a bit in the fourth, as freshman Alexis Kennedy scored six points and Moore added four to cut the deficit to 10.
"I was proud of the way we finished the game," Clark said. "We fought until the end. Maybe if there had been a few more minutes, things might have been different."
Madison Watson led a balanced Jerome attack with 12 points. Amanda Kessler had nine points and Sarah Youngs scored seven. Hadley Kiefer and Bailey Williams both scored five points.
Brianna Bell paced the Irish with 13 points and Kennedy had nine. Moore scored seven points.
"Brianna Bell is a good athlete and she's getting more consistent," Clark said. "She's a great scorer and leader, and has been one of our go-to people.
"Our point guard (Moore) plays aggressive and hard, and one of our freshmen, McKenzie Lomax, has stepped up for us. Another freshman, Alexis Kennedy, really has come along."
After losing to Westerville Central (45-42 on Nov. 22) and New Albany (44-30 on Nov. 26), Jerome defeated Hilliard Darby (49-39 on Dec. 13) and Lancaster (48-37 on Dec. 14).
The Celtics lost to Centennial 52-45 on Dec. 19 as Kiefer scored 14 points, Watson had 10 and Youngs added eight.
"We have moments when we look pretty good, but we need to be able to focus for the whole game," Dunsmore said. "We have spurts when we play good offensively and spurts when we play good defensively, but not for the whole game."
Coffman win streak reaches seven games
Coffman had won seven consecutive games, improving to 7-1 overall, before playing Dayton Chaminade Julienne on Dec. 23.
The Shamrocks improved to 5-0 in the OCC-Central after blowing past Central Crossing 53-22 on Dec. 20. Griffin Tullis had 17 points with four 3-pointers, Christine Szabo had 12 points and Kamerine Taylor scored 11.
On Dec. 17, Taylor scored 17 points with five 3-pointers in a 60-24 victory over Thomas Worthington in an OCC-Central game. Tullis had 10 points, Szabo had nine and Sade Olatoye scored seven.