The Watkins Memorial High School girls basketball team couldn't simulate in practice what it saw from Dublin Coffman during the early moments of a 63-16 loss in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 21 at Hilliard Davidson.

The Watkins Memorial High School girls basketball team couldn't simulate in practice what it saw from Dublin Coffman during the early moments of a 63-16 loss in the first round of the Division I district tournament Feb. 21 at Hilliard Davidson.

Keyed by their defense, the fifth-seeded Shamrocks led 20-0 after the first quarter and improved to 20-2 overall with their 17th consecutive victory.

"They were very aggressive defensively and got right in our faces," coach Kyle Oyster said. "Our girls weren't ready for that."

Thirteen players scored for the Shamrocks, who won the OCC-Central Division during the regular season. The Warriors, who finished 5-16 overall, got four points each from Melinda Nickel and Monica Foutty.

"The way they ran the floor was pretty impressive, too," Oyster said. "That's one of the best teams I've seen running the (fast) break."

Still, Oyster believes the Warriors can learn from the experience.

"It's good to see what a top-level program is like," he said. "We basically have everyone coming back (with the exception of senior Mathea Tenwalde). Hopefully, we'll take this and try to build towards what they have."

•The boys basketball team was eliminated from the Division I district tournament with a 68-39 loss to fifth-seeded Westerville North in a first-round game Feb. 23 at Jonathan Alder.

The Warriors, who finished 4-17 overall, got 11 points from Kevin Crawford and six from senior Chase Dupps. They trailed 37-19 at halftime and were outscored 21-2 in the third quarter.

The Warriors also dropped their regular-season finale 63-48 to Hilliard Bradley on Feb. 17 to finish 1-13 in the OCC-Capital. Crawford scored 11 points and senior Evan Werner added nine.

Olentangy Orange and Mount Vernon both went 11-3 to share the league title and were followed by New Albany (10-4), Big Walnut (7-7), Delaware (7-7), Bradley (6-8) and Franklin Heights (3-11).

•The wrestling team advanced six individuals to the Division I district tournament Feb. 24 and 25 at Hilliard Darby, where the top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the state tournament Thursday, March 1, through Saturday, March 3, at Ohio State.

Nick Lancia (138 pounds) won his weight class and was one of three finalists in the home sectional tournament Feb. 18. The junior won all three of his matches, defeating Lancaster's Tanner Miller 11-0 in the final to run his season record to 41-8.

Freshman Andrew Lieb (120) and senior Joey Cameron (152) both placed second while improving to 32-15 and 11-3, respectively. Chris Bankes (132) finished third while both Noah Holter (126) and Stephen Robb (145) placed fourth. Bankes was 23-15 entering the district tournament while Holter was 30-16 and Robb 19-17.

Josh Lyday (195) and Taylor Evener (heavyweight) were fifth-place finishers to become district alternates.

Eight of the team's 10 competitors won at least one match.

The Warriors, who advanced only two individuals to district a year ago, totaled 135 points to finish fifth behind champion Lancaster (220.5). They scored just 66 points in last year's sectional.

"It was a pretty good day," first-year coach Mark Kurth said. "We qualified at six straight weights and it should have been seven, but (returning district qualifier) Dylan Scott didn't make weight (at 113). The guys did a nice job and wrestled well."

Each of the district qualifiers made it to the championship semifinals with the exception of Holter and Bankes, both of whom lost in the second round. Holter came back to win his next two matches in the consolation bracket while Bankes won three times.

Bankes, a junior, defeated Whetstone's Daylon Smothers 11-10 in the district-qualifying round.

"Chris is a great kid," Kurth said. "This is only his second year wrestling, but he really wants to learn. He's the type of kid you wish you had a whole room full of. It's nice he was able to move on because he deserves it."

Lyday and Evener won twice each in the consolation bracket. Evener got pinned in his opening match by Pickerington North senior Pat Elflein, an undefeated returning state placer who will play football at Ohio State.

"I was joking with Taylor before he went out," Kurth said. "I told him to tie Elflein up and tell him, 'Go Blue.'"

•The swimming and diving teams concluded their seasons in the Division I district meet Feb. 18 at Ohio State.

The girls 200-yard medley (1 minute, 59.4 seconds, 18th) and 200 freestyle (1:48.83, 19th) relays posted the best finishes. Senior Hannah Rush swam with both relays and also competed in the 200 free (2:06.43, 25th) and 500 free (5:46.05, 23rd). Miranda Gessner competed in the 50 free (26.21, 24th) and Kayla Fenimore competed in the 200 individual medley (2:23.5, 23rd).

The boys team was represented by the 200 free (1:42.82, 25th), 400 free (3:59.02, 27th) and 200 medley (1:56.67, 26th) relays.

Neither Watkins Memorial team scored as the Upper Arlington girls (522) and boys (435) swept the team titles.