It's been 50 weeks since the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team lost to West Chester Lakota West 62-48 in a Division I regional final.

It's been 50 weeks since the Dublin Coffman High School girls basketball team lost to West Chester Lakota West 62-48 in a Division I regional final.

To the players, though, it doesn't seem like a long time ago.

"This season has gone so fast," forward Becca Bornhorst said. "Last year felt like a dream come true as far as getting to the regional, but it feels like it was yesterday we were at Otterbein (in the regional).

"It's bittersweet. The future is coming so fast. It's hard to believe I don't have any more games on my home court. I try not to think too much about it because I love playing with the girls on this team."

The players spent numerous hours in the offseason preparing for another run at the state tournament. Camps, open gyms, and workouts led up to the regular season.

The regular season unfolded much like a year ago. The Shamrocks won their fourth consecutive OCC title and completed their second consecutive unbeaten regular season. Included in the regular season was a 54-44 victory over Lakota West at the Firebirds' holiday tournament.

Moments like that and wrapping up league titles are what have sped the season along, especially for seniors Sam MacKay, Kelli Axner, Carly Weisenbach, Amy Hagen and Bornhorst.

"It's amazing. In 33 years of coaching high school or college I've notice that at some point in a senior year a player all of a sudden realizes that it's slipping away," coach Mary Ann Grimes said. "They start thinking, 'Where is the season going?' I've also noticed that it always feels like the season is going fast when you're having fun. It's gone fast for our girls, but they also know all of the blood, sweat and tears they've put into the season."

Last season, each week seemed to bring a new first for the Shamrocks -- a district final appearance, district championship, regional appearance and regional final. This season those firsts are experiences from which to draw.

"I think the experience from last year is going to help us," Bornhorst said. "It's going to help our nerves. If we're able to get to Otterbein, when we walk in there and see that awesome atmosphere again we'll know we belong there."

The season probably has felt especially fast for Bornhorst. Unlike most seniors who are more than 80 games into a high school career, Bornhorst is just more than 40 games into her career after knee injuries short-circuited her freshman and sophomore seasons.

She has been healthy the last two years and has flourished, ranking among the central Ohio leaders in field-goal, free-throw and 3-point percentage on a team that finished second in the final state poll and is No. 24 in the USA Today Super 25.

"It's been an adventure. It's been a ride," she said. "We've had some fun games and had some close games. These last two years have been everything I'd hoped for."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman boys and girls basketball teams:


*Last Friday -- Defeated Upper Arlington 61-42. Kyle Molock scored 13 points and Conner Viers and Michael Green had 11.

Last Tuesday -- Played Pickerington North in first round of Division I district tournament. The winner will play Brookhaven or Groveport on Friday in the second round at Worthington Christian, with the winner of that advancing to a district semifinal March 7. Coffman is seeded fifth.

Of note: The Shamrocks were 17-3 overall before last Tuesday and finished 13-1 in the OCC-Central.


Feb. 19 -- Def. Walnut Ridge 75-22 in first round of Division I district tournament. Alex Blair had a career-high 20 points and Andi Baylin and Sam MacKay had 11. Coffman is seeded first.

Today -- At Westerville Central vs. Newark in second round. The Wildcats beat Marysville 36-29 in the first round Feb. 22 to improve to 9-12. The winner will play Olentangy or Gahanna in a district semifinal Wednesday at Olentangy Orange. The district final is March 7 at Orange.

Of note: The Shamrocks are 21-0 overall and finished 14-0 in the OCC.

*OCC-Central game