Dublin Coffman’s girls basketball team remained undefeated and captured its fourth straight OCC Central Division title recently, while the Hebron Lakewood boys basketball team is in contention for its first league title since 1980. Several other Central Ohio athletes had a big week as well. Someone even scored 44 points. Who? Click here to find out.
With a strong seven-member senior class returning, the Hebron Lakewood Lancers boys basketball team was expecting to make a move in the Mid-State League Ohio Division following a 4-17 mark last season.
Newark Catholic had a different idea.
In the second game of the season, the Green Wave routed its Licking County rival 62-42, sending a wakeup call to Lakewood.
“We learned quickly that we weren’t as good as we thought we were,” Lakewood coach Zach Parr said. “We had to admit to ourselves that we had a lot of work to do to get to where we wanted to be.”
Since that early December game, the Lancers have rolled to a 14-2 mark, including returning the favor to Newark Catholic last week in a 62-50 league victory in front of near-capacity crowd in its home gym.
“In the first half our zone defense was moving around very well,” Parr said. “We were contesting their shots on defense, and on offense we were aggressive and attacked the basket.”
The Lancers (14-2, 8-2) frustrated Newark Catholic (13-3, 7-3) into an 0-for-10 shooting performance from behind the arc in the first half, cruising ahead 29-10 at halftime. Lakewood also made 23-of-27 free throws on the night.
Lakewood had significant balance as they reaped the benefits from the strong start. Adam Parlet, Bryan Large and Jarrod Rock each had 13 points, while Ryan Davis added 10.
The Lancers are enjoying its first winning season since 2001, and are trying to wrap up their first league championship since 1980.
“The leadership we have from our seven seniors is the biggest strength. We have had a lot of guys pay their dues during their freshman and sophomore seasons,” Parr said.
Lakewood gets a lot of strength out of its starting lineup, led by 6-foot-5 Ryan Davis who Parr says “does a little of everything.” Davis averages a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lancers also play with a three-guard lineup of Rock, Large and Parlet.
“They are solid shooting the ball from the field and at the free throw line,” Parr said.
The lineup is rounded out by Ryan Mack, a defensive force in the middle that alters shots.
Lakewood finishes its season with games against Bexley, Heath and Whitehall.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Dublin Coffman, Girls Basketball: A model of consistency in Central Ohio girls basketball this decade has been the Dublin Coffman Lady Shamrocks. Coffman won its fourth straight OCC championship Friday with a decisive 51-20 victory over Hilliard Davidson. Ranked second in last week’s Associated Press state girls basketball poll, Coffman (19-0, 13-0) dominated the glass 36-12 to capture momentum against Davidson (13-6, 11-2) in a Central Division game.
“Our big girls did a great job of rebounding and altering shots inside, and we did a good job as a team overall of getting to loose balls and rebounds,” Coffman coach Mary Ann Grimes told This Week News. “Meredith Stranges stepped up big with Carly Weisenbach tearing her ACL and Alex Blair still recovering from a cold, and she gave us a lot of quality minutes in the post.”
Becca Bornhorst tallied a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds to pace Coffman. Sam MacKay added 14 points and seven steals.
Coffman has also stepped outside of central Ohio to add to its challenging schedule, knocking off Cincinnati-area power West Chester Lakota West earlier this season.
Bornhorst has signed with Butler and MacKay with Dayton.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rob Brandenberg, Gahanna Lincoln, Boys Basketball: Brandenberg poured in a game-high 23 points for Gahanna Lincoln in a 76-65 upset victory over Grove City in a Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division contest. The Lions lost to Grove City by 15 points in the first meeting. Brandenberg chipped in 13 points earlier in the week in a 65-46 win over Pickerington North.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Beating the top: The Columbus Academy boys are 4-6 in the MSL-Ohio Division, but have defeated the three top teams in the league, including a 69-59 victory over league leading Lakewood last week.
School records: Circleville Logan Elm senior Shane Gifford set a school-record for wrestling career wins with 142 with a pin at 152 pounds against Lancaster Fairfield Union. Gifford also set a school-record earlier this season with 31 victories in a row.
“Shane told (brother) Daniel that he’d break all his records,” Logan Elm coach Jan Hurd said. “He kept his word.”
Memorable performance: Lancaster Fairfield Union’s Kaity Wyeth showered the visiting Circleville Lady Tigers with 44 points during a Mid-State League Buckeye game.
There was only one problem.
Fairfield Union lost 56-52.
Wyeth scored 21 of the team’s 22 points in the fourth quarter as Fairfield Union cut a 15-point deficit down to two before Kourtney Kalinoski of Circleville drained two free throws to seal the win.
Upsets: Columbus Bishop Hartley (12-4, 6-2) upset Columbus DeSales (13-3, 7-1) 66-65 in a Central Catholic League boys game. DeSales led 61-58 late in regulation, but a three-pointer from Ben Siefert forced the game into overtime with a three-pointer. Morgan Cornwell led Hartley with 18 points. In the MSL-Buckeye, Ashville Teays Valley handed Canal Winchester its first league loss in two seasons 70-60, paced by Zach Race with 23 points.
Double trouble: Hannah and Haley Robinson have helped to lead the New Albany girls basketball team to a 13-4 mark overall and an 8-2 record in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division. Both players have committed to play basketball at the next level at Miami of Ohio.
Hannah is averaging nearly 19 points per game, along with eight rebounds and 4.5 assists. Haley follows close behind with 13.7 points per game.
Champions: Amanda-Clearcreek isn’t just about football. The Amanda-Clearcreek girls basketball team wrapped up its first MSL-Buckeye championship since 2000 with a 39-35 victory at Circleville Logan Elm. The Lady Aces are 17-1 overall, 12-1 in the league and ranked No. 11 in the Associated Press’ Division III state poll.
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Ashville Teays Valley, Amanda-Clearcreek at Canal Winchester, Wrestling, Thurs. Feb. 12: As of posting time, all three teams were undefeated in the MSL-Buckeye. Teays Valley is ranked No. 1 in the Central District Division I poll, is undefeated and has won seven tournaments on the year.
Newark at Pickerington North, Girls basketball, Thurs. Feb. 12: Pickerington North (14-4, 11-2) can clinch the OCC-Ohio Division title with a win over Newark (7-10, 3-9). Pickerington Central and Grove City, both 10-3 in league play, play a night later. If North loses, the winner of this matchup would share the title.
New Albany at Delaware Hayes, Girls Basketball, Fri. Feb. 13: Delaware (18-0, 11-0) can clinch an undefeated season with victories over Hilliard Darby and OCC Capital rival New Albany (13-4, 8-2). The Lady Pacers have already wrapped up the conference championship.
Granville at Newark Catholic, Girls Basketball, Fri. Feb. 13: Granville (15-2, 12-1) carries a one-game lead in the MSL-Ohio matchup over Newark Catholic (14-3, 11-2). Newark Catholic handed Granville its only league loss 63-57 last month.
Circleville Logan Elm at Canal Winchester, Boys Basketball, Sat. Feb. 14: Logan Elm is ranked No. 2 in Division II by the Associated Press at 14-1. The Braves’ only loss was to Canal Winchester (13-3, 9-1) 74-70 at home last month. In that game, Logan Elm (14-1, 8-1) was without the services of point guard Adam Blake due to sickness.
Lancaster Fisher Catholic at Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, Boys Basketball, Tues. Feb. 17: Fisher Catholic (11-4, 9-0) has a two-game lead in the Mid-State League Cardinal Division, in part thanks to a 59-56 win over Prep in the first meeting. Prep (9-5, 8-2) has won six of its past seven games.