Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Lady Broncos offense sputters in home loss

MT. ORAB — One week after the Lady Broncos’ offense struggled to put the ball in the hoop in the team’s season-opening loss to Clinton Massie, the Lady Broncos hit the home hardwood looking to pick up their first victory.

Things didn’t start well for Western Brown’s offense, though the defense held the Lady Warriors to just seven points in the first quarter. Mackenzie Brooks scored the Lady Broncos’ first six points, but Goshen hit a trio of three-pointers in the second quarter to turn a 7-5 lead into a 16-9 margin at halftime.

Western Brown’s offense disappeared completely in the third quarter and the defense went with it. The Broncos were outscored in the frame by a 16-5 margin and went nearly eight minutes without a field goal, allowing Goshen to pull away for what would eventually become a 42-23 victory.

Head coach Dennis Overstake said his team has to start performing better offensively.

“We’ve got to be mentally better than we are right now and, physically, we’ve got to be able to score,” Overstake said. “We can’t score 23 points and expect to beat anybody on any given night, let alone good teams. We have to be able to put points on the board.”

Lexi Ring led the Lady Broncos with 10 points, but she made just one of her five free-throw attempts in the contest. Nonetheless, Overstake liked her toughness in the contest.

“She could’ve been even better by making foul shots,” Overstake said. “She played hard both ways. Emma Wells played hard on defense. We just have to get everyone else to accept that mentality that they have to play hard for 32 minutes.”

Free-throws were a problem for the Lady Broncos. They hit just six of their 16 attempts. Add that into the team’s woes offensively and Overstake knows the team has to fix their offensive issues. He also seems to know what’s ailing the team.

“For the most part, if we can execute our offense that’s going to give somebody a good shot,” Overstake said. “We’re just rushing things. [They’re] not getting squared up, they’re standing sideways and missing foul shots. It’s the whole gamut of being able to score.”

Defensively, the Lady Broncos allowed Goshen to hit six three-point shots in the game, two by freshman guard Paige Garr.

“We were trying to change some defenses up there, especially in the first half,” Overstake said. “We didn’t get out there to cover, especially number 20 [junior Olivia Taulbee]. They had four threes in the first half. We were in a zone every time they shot that three pointer so our people didn’t get to the perimeter as fast as we need to. We need to recognize and not let them reverse the ball back around for that three-pointer on the opposite side of the floor.”

Western Brown went on a small run midway through the fourth quarter. The team out-scored Goshen 6-2 over a 1:30 span, but by then the damage was done. Overstake switched up the defense a bit prior to the run, forcing Goshen into turnovers that the Lady Broncos were able to capitalize on.

“If we get in transition, we can get it up and down the floor,” Overstake said. “We forced them to turn the ball over a few times, especially when we came out in our half-court trap. But we have to have five people on the same page every time they’re on the floor. We have to adjust immediately and not let people to get to the basket without help.”

It’s not going to get any easier for the Lady Broncos, who face Batavia on the road Monday, December 7. The Bulldogs are led by senior Leona Burton, who averaged 20 points per game in her team’s first three contests, all victories.

“Looking at the teams I’ve scouted so far, every one of them has at least one or two natural scorers,” Overstake said. “We’ve got to be able to shut them down and make someone else score. We thought we were doing that tonight but [Taulbee] hit three three-pointers.”

Nena Taylor (44) drives through a pair of Lady Warriors toward the hoop in Western Brown’s home opener against Goshen Monday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_6712.jpgNena Taylor (44) drives through a pair of Lady Warriors toward the hoop in Western Brown’s home opener against Goshen Monday night.

Lexi Ring led all Lady Bronco scorers with 10 points in the team’s loss to Goshen Monday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_6633.jpgLexi Ring led all Lady Bronco scorers with 10 points in the team’s loss to Goshen Monday night.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

Goshen 42, Western Brown 26

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Goshen

7

9

16

10

42

WB

4

5

5

9

23

Goshen – Vonderau 1 1 3, Jeandrevin 1 0 3, Taulbee 6 1 16, Dowd 3 0 6, Garr 4 0 10

Shinkle 2 0 4

WB – Ring 4 1 10, Purdy 0 1 1, Brooks 2 2 6, Darnall 0 1 1, Barthel 1 1 3, Taylor 1 0 2

Halftime: Goshen 16, Western Brown 9

Three-pointers: Goshen 6 (Taulbee 3, Garr 2, Jeandriven), WB 1 (Ring)

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or follow him on Twitter @GNDShanklin.

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