The next opponent for the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball team might send chills down the spine of coach Rick Hauser.

The next opponent for the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls basketball team might send chills down the spine of coach Rick Hauser.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in a Division I district semifinal at Hilliard Davidson, the sixth-seeded Lions will face a Dublin Coffman team that is on a 17-game winning streak despite having young players in key spots.

The fifth-seeded Shamrocks have become known not only for having a talented 6-foot-1 post player, but for their outside shooting ability.

"Their team is 20-2, and they're kind of a scary team because all of their kids can hit outside shots," Hauser said. "They've got one really active freshman post player and a junior kid in the post, and they've got a nice set of guards."

"We scrimmaged them earlier this year, and they're very good at running an offense," junior Quiera Lampkins said.

If the Lions beat Coffman, they'll face second-seeded Pickerington North or 11th-seeded New Albany in a district final at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Davidson.

The district champion will play Olentangy Orange, Newark, Zanesville or Northland in a regional semifinal at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Otterbein University. The regional final is at 1 p.m. March 10 at Otterbein.

Coffman opened the postseason with wins over Marysville (63-26 on Feb. 16) and Watkins Memorial (63-16 on Feb. 21). Its only losses came against Central Crossing (43-40 on Dec. 6) and Toledo Waite (48-45 on Dec. 17).

McKenzie Bailey, a 5-foot-9 junior forward, averages nine points and eight rebounds for the Shamrocks and was named first-team all-OCC-Central Division. She is joined down low by 6-1 freshman Sade Olatoye, who averages eight points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Kamerine Taylor, a 5-8 guard, averages nine points.

Coach Randy Patton was the OCC-Central Coach of the Year after his team went 13-1 to win the league title.

Gahanna improved to 16-6 after beating Olentangy Liberty 40-28 in a second-round tournament game on Feb. 21.

Reyna Montgomery led the Lions with 10 points, Chrishna Butler scored nine and Maddison Blackwell scored eight.

Zenobia Bess, Mi'Eshia Parker and Blackwell all are expected to be called on defensively against Coffman's inside game.

"Nikki (Campbell-Muriente) came off the bench and gave us some good minutes, and I don't think we ever fell behind (against Liberty)," Hauser said. "(Bess) is going to have a very important matchup against a very active player. We forgot about doing some of the simple things (against Liberty), so hopefully that won't happen again."

•The boys team's next opponent also is Coffman after each won its postseason opener Feb. 25 at Reynoldsburg.

The teams will meet at 7:45 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Reynoldsburg.

The 11th-seeded Lions defeated Lancaster 71-44 and the Shamrocks beat Hilliard Bradley 69-50 to set up the meeting. The winner plays third-seeded Liberty or Dublin Scioto in a district semifinal at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Reynoldsburg. The district final is at 3 p.m. March 10 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Gahanna is 15-6 and has won five of its last six games. Against Lancaster, Aaron Jackson had 19 points, Austin Rutherford scored 11 and Manuel Powell scored nine. Troy Mundy and Grant Patch each made two 3-pointers and had eight points.

The Lions led 38-17 at halftime against the Golden Gales, who lost to Gahanna twice during the regular season in OCC-Ohio play and finished 6-15.

Coffman has had several players battle injuries this season, including guard and St. Joseph's signee Kyle Molock, who was lost in early January to a season-ending injury.

The Shamrocks are 13-7 and beat OCC-Central champion Upper Arlington 51-49 in their regular-season finale Feb. 17.

Senior Eric Weisenbach, a 6-11 post player who has signed with Tennessee Tech, did not play against Bradley because of a concussion but is expected back for the game against Gahanna.

Joining him down low is 6-5 junior Kevin Marsh and 6-4 junior Jason Hall, who had 19 and 14 points, respectively, against Bradley.

Senior Brad Schulze, a 5-10 guard, averages 11 points and made first-team all-league.

"They have very good guards that can shoot the ball very well," coach Tony Staib said. "They're definitely bigger than us, which we've faced every game this year. We've just got to make sure every shot is contested. They're a perimeter-shooting team, but they're also skilled enough to take guys off the dribble."

Liberty was 18-2 and Scioto was 11-10 entering their matchup.