Just when the Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball team started to feel a hint of normalcy, fate struck again.

Just when the Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball team started to feel a hint of normalcy, fate struck again.

The Shamrocks have had players go down with injuries all winter, with the latest injury coming in the closing minutes of a 61-60 victory over Westland on Jan. 24. Guard Josh Morrow suffered an arm injury that is expected to keep him on the bench for several weeks, according to coach Jamey Collins.

"We felt like we were starting to get some good rotations going again when Josh went down," Collins said. "It's happened all year, but we're not going to use it as an excuse. That doesn't affect things like boxing out or playing hard. We have to keep plugging away."

The Shamrocks lost starting forward Jason Hall for five games early in the season. Starting point guard and leading scorer Kyle Mollock was lost for the season in the ninth game, a 42-37 loss to Hilliard Davidson on Jan. 3.

Forward Hayden Dygert, who has started on occasion, was next. He suffered a concussion in a 69-41 win over Central Crossing on Jan. 20 and has missed the last three games.

Morrow had emerged as a valuable contributor before getting hurt. He had averaged 6.6 points in the six games leading up to his injury and was one of Coffman's best rebounders.

"It's been hard to try to get the right mix of guys together," forward Kevin Marsh said. "But we've all played a long time together, so we can't use the injuries as an excuse. There are good players on the team. We just have to continue to work hard."

The work that needs done most is of the non-glamorous variety. After outrebounding its previous three opponents by a combined 66 rebounds, Coffman was beaten on the boards in a 63-48 loss to Thomas Worthington on Jan. 27.

The Cardinals had 17 more rebounds than the Shamrocks and converted 14 layups or put-backs.

"I think we can still do well, but it's not going to happen if we don't do the dirty work," Collins said. "We have to be willing to rebound, to defend. We have to do the dirty work if we want to win."

Several players are attempting to step up. Hall kept Coffman in the game against Thomas by scoring 12 of his 16 points in the third quarter. The Shamrocks trailed 44-42 heading into the fourth quarter, in which they were outscored 19-6.

Hall scored a career-high 21 points against Central Crossing.

Forward Gage Hisey began the season on junior varsity, but the freshman is now a varsity starter. He is averaging 9.1 points over the last seven games.

Guard Brad Schulze shifted to point guard when Mollock went down and has played well. Along with getting the Shamrocks into their offensive sets, he has had three of his four highest-scoring games since Mollock's injury, including 16 points against Westland.

"Moving to the point takes a little out of (Schulze), but he's willing to do whatever it takes," Collins said. "Whether it is passing, defending or whatever, he's taken on a leadership role."

Despite the injuries, the Shamrocks believe they still can have the season they set out to have - one that includes postseason success.

"I definitely feel like we can still do things," said Marsh, who made two free throws with four seconds left to give the Shamrocks the win over Westland. "We play well in practice all of the time. I still think we can snap off a winning streak and go into the (Division I district) tournament heading the right direction."