As the Westland High School girls basketball team's season winds down, second-year coach Stephen Clines is attempting to focus on the positives.

As the Westland High School girls basketball team's season winds down, second-year coach Stephen Clines is attempting to focus on the positives.

The Cougars entered last Friday's game against Hilliard Davidson at 1-11 overall and 0-8 in the OCC-Central Division, but Clines pointed to a solid improvement since the season began as a positive point.

"I see improvement," Clines said. "To the casual fan, I'm not so sure they necessarily would. You look at the record and you would probably not see it, but the girls have gotten better. They understand things a little bit more. We're working the ball around better. We're doing some of the things better. Is there still room for improvement, absolutely. We're not close to where we need to be, but we have stepped up and we have improved."

Things won't get any easier for Westland as it will play host to Dublin Coffman on Tuesday. The Shamrocks cruised past the Cougars 79-25 on Dec. 12. Coffman is first in the Division I area coaches poll and second in the state poll behind Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame.

The Shamrocks were 13-0 overall and 8-0 in the OCC before their game against Central Crossing last Friday.

"We have to dictate tempo," Clines said. "We have to be under control. We have to work the ball around, make good passes. We have to take care of it, we have knock down open shots when we get them and we have to try and limit them on the boards. Coffman is just a huge team and basically they kill people on the boards. We really have to box out, we have to stay after it and go from there."

Westland will visit Worthington Kilbourne on Friday, looking to avenge a 60-35 loss to the Wolves on Dec. 19.

Kilbourne was 2-10 overall and 1-7 in the OCC-Central before its game against Hilliard Darby last Friday. Shawna Collins led Westland in scoring before last Friday at 10.1 points per game. She scored 15 points in a 37-29 loss to Central Crossing on Jan. 16.

"We had a pretty good game plan and the kids executed fairly well," Clines said. "We have to learn how to close out quarters a little better. We let Central Crossing get a run about the end of each of the four quarters that wound up being the difference in the game."

The team's six seniors have been providing leadership. Clines expects junior wing player Skylar Allman, freshman post player Jasmine Junkins and freshman guard Taylor Horn to be building blocks for next season.

"The seniors have done what they can," Clines said. "It's a situation where we're probably all a little frustrated that we're not winning as much as we would like to. Sometimes those things come out, but everybody is working hard, everybody is trying to get better and if we do that then we're happy with the results."

"I treat the underclassmen like my little sisters," senior guard Kemekea Washington said. "I'm the more aggressive one out of all the seniors, so they usually listen to me. I feel like I need to step up a lot and help them out."

Junkins was second on the team in scoring before last Friday at 7.6 points per game. She scored 15 points in a 54-38 loss to Dayton Meadowdale on Jan. 17. Collins added 13 points.

Westland's game at Marion-Franklin last Wednesday was postponed because of a scheduling conflict and will be played Saturday.