A district final matchup between the Dublin Coffman and Jerome high school boys basketball teams might be on the horizon, but at the start of the week, the coaches hadn't given it much thought.

A district final matchup between the Dublin Coffman and Jerome high school boys basketball teams might be on the horizon, but at the start of the week, the coaches hadn't given it much thought.

After all, the Shamrocks and the Celtics both had to clear a hurdle to set up their first meeting in two years.

Third-seeded Coffman played 15th-seeded Grove City in a Division I district semifinal March 11 and fifth-seeded Jerome plays 18th-seeded Pickerington Central in a semifinal Thursday, March 12, at Westerville North.

The winners meet in a district final at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at Ohio Dominican University, with the district champion facing Chillicothe, Gahanna, Hilliard Bradley or Northland in a regional semifinal March 19 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

"We have to look at things one game at a time," said Coffman coach Jamey Collins, whose team was 22-1 before playing the Greyhounds. "We have been playing well and have had good games, but I'm not sure we're 100 percent clicking on all cylinders. We haven't had any bad games, but we're not 100 percent satisfied."

The Shamrocks had a first-round bye and defeated 29th-seeded Pickerington North 64-50 in the second round March 4 at home. Evan Duncan had a team-high 17 points, with Luke Vargo (14) and Noah Gleeson (10) also scoring in double figures.

"We were definitely tested (by Pickerington North)," said Collins, whose team won its first district title since 2010 a year ago. "(The Panthers) were very confident in what they wanted to do.

"(At) this time of the season, you have played so many teams and played against so many styles that you already know who you are as a team. You just go back to practice and try to cover all areas to get you ready to play."

Coffman and Jerome last met in the first round of the district tournament in 2013, with the Shamrocks winning 64-55. The last matchup between Coffman and Pickerington Central also occurred in the 2013 postseason, with the Tigers winning 73-54 in a district semifinal.

Pickerington Central improved to 13-10 with a 47-39 win over 12th-seeded St. Charles in a second-round game March 4. Jerome, which is 22-2, has yet to play the Tigers or Grove City this season.

Rodney Culver scored 18 points and Jalen Tate added 12 to lead the Tigers against St. Charles.

"(The Tigers) play in what I consider the best division in the state (the OCC-Ohio Division) and they probably have three or four Division I (college) players," Celtics coach Jamie Pearson said. "They are big and athletic and they are a big challenge. That's all I can think about now."

Five teams in the OCC-Ohio -- Gahanna, Grove City, Groveport, Newark and Pickerington Central -- are district semifinalists.

Jerome defeated 27th-seeded Scioto 50-36 in the second round March 6. It was the third meeting between the teams this season and the third victory by the Celtics, who have won the last six games against the Irish and 11 of the last 13.

Colton Irion led the Jerome with 15 points and Mason Baich added 14. Seve Stavroff had nine points and has a program-record 412 points this season, breaking the previous mark of 409 set by Tim Brady in 2007-08.

Irish improved onlast season by 5 wins

Scioto finished 9-14 overall with the loss to Jerome in the second round of the district tournament.

Sophomore guard Brandon Vertolli had 12 points to lead the Irish, who had a first-round bye.

"We battled and had a good effort, but some nights you just don't score the basketball," coach Mike Moler said. "The length (the Celtics) had in their zone (defense) bothered us and they haven't won 22 games for nothing."

Scioto improved by five victories over last season, when it finished 4-19.

The Irish went 5-9 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish fifth, behind Westerville South (13-1), Jerome (12-2), Hilliard Bradley (11-3) and Canal Winchester (8-6) and ahead of Westerville North (4-10), Westerville Central (2-12) and Hilliard Darby (1-13).

Senior guard Scott Berg led Scioto in scoring, averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds, and was named honorable mention all-district and second-team all-league. Junior guard/forward Nick Pothoven averaged 10.8 points and was honorable mention all-district and all-league.

Vertolli averaged 8.3 points and junior guard/forward Jason Greiwe averaged 5.2.

"We relied on our two seniors (Berg and guard Justin Schafer), who played hard for us," said Moler, who completed his second season leading the program. "Scott Berg was our leading scorer and rebounder and Justin Schafer was a tough kid for us. We'll miss the leadership that both of them brought to us."

Others expected to return include juniors Brian Johnson (guard/forward), Paul Lombardo (guard), Jackson Matheny (guard) and Mason Mooney (guard) and sophomores Dimetri Brandon (guard) and Jake Wehder (guard/forward).