The Hilliard Bradley High School boys basketball team will be seeking its first postseason victory when it plays Dublin Coffman in a Division I district tournament opener at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Reynoldsburg.

The Hilliard Bradley High School boys basketball team will be seeking its first postseason victory when it plays Dublin Coffman in a Division I district tournament opener at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Reynoldsburg.

The Jaguars lost to Bexley 64-60 in the first round of the Division II district tournament last season after losing to Granville 51-46 in Division II in the first season the school opened.

Although injuries and suspensions caused a rough start to what was expected to be a breakout season, Bradley enters the postseason on a roll, having won nine of 13 games in the 2012 portion of the schedule after losing its first seven contests.

"We're playing well now and we've got everyone healthy and on the same page for the tournament," said coach Michael Limbird, whose team has won four in a row overall. "We are peaking at the right time. We're actually 9-1 in 2012 in games we've had our entire lineup available.

"The young guys who stepped up and helped us when we needed them because of injuries have gained valuable experience, so we're now deeper because we had to throw them into the fire early."

Coffman, like Bradley, has dealt with injuries all season. In fact, while defeating Upper Arlington 51-49 in the regular-season finale Feb. 17, the Shamrocks lost 6-foot-11 center Eric Weisenbach to a possible concussion. His status for the tournament opener is uncertain.

Coffman improved to 12-7 overall and tied Thomas Worthington (9-5) for second place in the OCC-Central Division after beating the league-champion Golden Bears (12-2).

"They're huge," Limbird said. "They can go 6-11, 6-6, 6-6, 6-5 and 6-1 on the front line and they recently started three of those guys to go with their 6-1 and 5-10 guards. We're going to try to use our speed and get them to move on defense. They run a zone like Syracuse's. We're not going to get many second chances, so we've got to be patient, shoot well and utilize shot fakes and ball fakes, along with dribble penetration."

Coffman lost its point guard and leading scorer Kyle Mollock for the season in the ninth game. It also has played without forward Josh Hall, forward Hayden Dygert (concussion) and guard Josh Morrow (arm injury). Hall and Dygert have since returned and freshman forward Gage Hisey is averaging 8.5 points since moving up from the junior varsity in early January.

Brad Schulze moved from shooting guard to point guard after Mollock's injury. He scored 21 points against UA and Hall added 13 points.

"We need to make them score in the halfcourt, keep pressure on their guards to make it difficult to get the passes into the post," Limbird said. "Offensively, we're in a good rhythm now, with three guys who can score 15-plus points per game. We're sharing the ball well."

Trent Weaver is close to 100 percent after earlier injuries. He had 17 points and 20 rebounds in a 53-47 win over Dublin Scioto on Feb. 14 and 24 points and 18 rebounds in a 63-48 win over Watkins Memorial on Feb. 17.

"Trent is a low-post nightmare for defenses and Jacob Starinsky has a great mid-range game to go with A.J. Dixon's spot-up shooting," Limbird said. "Brady Simpson has been great off the bench. He's making few mistakes and taking advantage of his chances."

Dixon scored 17 points against Watkins Memorial and Starinsky added 10 points. Against Scioto, Starinsky scored 11, Dixon scored nine and Simpson scored seven.

Bradley finished 6-8 in the OCC-Capital to place sixth behind co-champions Mount Vernon and Olentangy Orange (11-3), New Albany (10-4), Big Walnut (7-7) and Delaware (7-7) and ahead of Franklin Heights (3-11) and Watkins Memorial (1-13).

•The girls team rolled to victory in its Division I district tournament opener, beating Westerville North 60-42 on Feb. 17.

The Jaguars, who played Lancaster in the second round on Feb. 21, led the Warriors 17-2 after one quarter and 39-6 at halftime.

"We played a really strong first half. The work we had put in during recent practices, specifically in our motion offense, really paid off," coach Kathy Lindsey said. "We shot 75 percent from the field in the first half and around 60 percent for the game. Each of our guards, Brooke Espenchied, Jenna Seagle and Katie Lindsey, all made 3-pointers in the first half. We executed our game plan and our experience was evident against their young team."

Espenschied and Jasmin Junkins both scored 14 points and Jenna Seagle supplied 12 points.

Bradley improved to 14-7 overall. Lancaster entered the second-round game at 10-10.

The winner will play seventh-seeded Olentangy or Delaware in district semifinal, 6 p.m. March 1, at Orange. The district final is 7 p.m. March 3 at Orange.

The Jaguars have not played Olentangy this season, but swept Delaware in OCC-Capital play, winning 51-45 on Jan. 3 and 51-37 on Feb. 7.

Last season, Bradley was seeded third and beat top-seeded Olentangy 48-46 in a Division II district championship.

"They're a good team with experience and a lot of size," Lindsey said. "They're deep and have a good program, but they aren't the same team they were last year just like we aren't the same team we were. Every year is different, so last season doesn't matter.

"We've played some teams with size. Teays Valley had three girls over 6-feet and we played real well against them. In our program, our guards know they have to rebound to play and we've got some scrappy 5-7 and 5-8 guards who get four or five rebounds a game."