Stranded students rescued by Brown County cooperation 4-H Teen Ambassador Dunning attends SHOT Show Veterans Service Commission invites veterans to seek help with benefits Unemployment rate rises in Brown County Pick a Lollipop, help a dog A season to remember G-Men hit the field for first baseball scrimmage Eastern’s Rigdon, Purdy earn AP SE District Div. III honors New blocking, kicking rules address risk minimization in high school football Judy A Schneider James M Darnell Lawanda R Truesdell Paul E Grisham Arrelous R Rowland Dennis E Stivers David M Daniels Fayetteville man is charged with child porn April 1st Grand Opening for Jacob’s Ladder Resale Boutique in Georgetown Talent Show auditions at Gaslight Theatre Nine indicted by county grand jury Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall visit coming next May to BC Fairgrounds In it to win it! Bronco wrestlers end season on successful note Eastern’s Hopkins finishes 5th in long jump at OATCCC State Indoor Track and Field Meet SBAAC awards academic all-stars, winning teams Marvin D Atkin Beverly S Flatt Jessie M Sanders Leroy Deck Sr Jody A Towler Sherman E Young Kenneth C Burton Varnau’s face second defamation suit Attorney General to visit Georgetown schools Clermont County GOP hosts Wenstrup, DeWine at dinner Fatal car crash in Adams County BC Chamber welcomes new Cricket Wireless store to Mt. Orab Aberdeen Council approves 2017 budget Royce K Zimmerman Lady Warriors advance to Elite 8 SBAAC awards boys basketball all-stars SBAAC girls basketball all-stars take home awards SHAC Winter Sports Awards Banquet set for March 12 Altman claims 170-pound district title Sirkka L Buller Arthur C Schneider Lowell G Neal Virginia M Schirmer Connie S Darling Harold L Purdin Terry E Frye Lucille Schumacher Lady Warriors roll to district finals Broncos take care of business to claim sectional crown G-Men upset MVCA to earn berth sectional finals WBHS JROTC Rifle Team competes at Camp Perry Lady Rockets finish 12-12 Season reaches end for Rockets Eugene D Ring Two indicted on major drug charges Two charged with home invasion Cincinnati airport expanding services, lowering prices in effort to compete Two sentenced in common pleas court Georgetown man hurt in car crash Robert G Miller Linda M Howland Robert E McKinney Mildred J Hodges Farrel L Amiott Patricia Brown Rick L Dye Mary E Nagel Betty Ratliff Broncos claim SBAAC wrestling title Broncos pull ahead for win over G-Men in SBAAC Tourney Ripley boys wrap up regular season with win at Lynchburg Eastern girls are sectional champs Anderson pleads not guilty to battery charge Some county offices to change locations Fayetteville prepares for Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall HealthSource hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Five sentenced in Brown County Common Pleas Court June Howser Marguerite A Fender Timothy D Harris Jay R Purdy Robin S Godwin Marc A Wachter Chester W Eyre Warriors blast past the G-Men, 61-40 Rockets performing well heading into post-season tournament play Lady Warriors bring home the Gold with perfect 13-0 finish in SHAC Western Brown Junior High wrestling team wraps up successful season Rockets fall victim to ‘Pack’ attack Broncos suffer heartbreaking loss to Mentor Lake Catholic in state quarterfinals Adult Education Center coming to county ‘Senior Playground’ moving forward at Georgetown park Brown County 4-H kicks off another year Eastern Middle School celebrates “Kindness Week” Billie L Shoemaker

Lady Warriors defeat Lady Rockets in finals

On Dec. 3, the Fayetteville Lady Rockets travelled to Eastern Brown High School for a Southern Hills Athletic Conference showdown with the Lady Warriors. Despite a 24-point effort from Samantha Murphy, Fayetteville fell to Eastern 51-47. On Wednesday night, the team got their chance at revenge in the championship game of the Brown County Holiday Classic.

Murphy and Taylor Cornett put the Lady Rockets out front early. The duo scored four points each in the first quarter and helped their team forge ahead for a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Fayetteville’s defense picked up the intesnity in the second, allowing just four field goals. Murphy scored eight of the Lady Rockets’ 10 points in the quarter, giving her 12 for the half. Her squad led 22-18 at halftime.

Eastern head coach Kevin Pickerill said the team simply struggled to get shots to drop early in the contest.

“We just couldn’t hit shots early,” Pickerill said. “That’s why we were behind. We started slow. You have to hit some open shots. It comes back to hitting the gym and getting enough shots up. We aren’t getting enough shots up but we made just enough to hang on and give ourselves a lot of extra opportunities.”

However, in the second half, Murphy struggled and so did the Fayetteville offense. She scored just six points the rest of the game, and the rest of the team didn’t fare much better. The Rockets scored 14 points over the final 16 minutes of game time.

Eastern also struggled in the third quarter. Molly Prine scored four points and Allison Day chipped in three, but the Lady Warriors still trailed 28-25 entering the fourth quarter. Pickerill noted that his team did just enough on offense to give them a chance at the victory.

“When you’re struggling offensively, you have to hang around to give yourself an opportunity and I feel like we did that,” Pickerill said.

The Lady Warriors took advantage of that opportunity in the fourth quarter.

Day scored six of her 11 points in the final quarter while Farris matched her, scoring six of her eight in the final eight minutes of play. Maggie Fultz added her only basket of the game in the fourth quarter and it was a big one. Fayetteville had drawn within one point with just under five minutes left when Fultz hit her jumper. The Lady Warriors would out-score the Lady Rockets 7-5 the rest of the way to secure the victory.

Pickerill said the Lady Rockets did a nice job initially taking Farris away offensively and his team has to work on getting her the ball.

“We’ve got to work on dribble entry, finding a way to get it to her,” Pickerill said. “She’s got to continue to work on that low block but she had a good game last night and I don’t want to take anything away from it. They did a good job on her.”

“I challenged the girls at halftime, I didn’t think we’d been hitting the boards enough as we should have,” Pickerill said. “I think we did a lot better in the second half.”

By the end of the game, it was clear that the Lady Warriors have the potential to be good for years to come, as the players on the floor attempting to ice a victory in a championship game were mostly sophomores and freshman.

“We’re young still,” Pickerill said. “I expect these kids to play like seniors and they’re just sophomores, though they’ve played a lot of varsity players already.”

Not all of the players on the team are young, as Pickerill noted the seniors on his team had a few goals heading into the season that, thanks to the victory against Fayetteville, they have now accomplished.

“It’s pretty rewarding to get your first one, I guess,” Pickerill said. “In a sense, it’s just another mid-season game. I’m glad for the seniors. They had to beat North Adams coming into the season and they did that, and now the Holiday Tournament.”

Eastern will have had a few days to bask in their victory before resuming play. The team returns to action Monday, Jan. 4 at Whiteoak. The squad also hosts Georgetown and Blanchester next week.

Fayetteville senior Meghan Koch defends the shot attempt of Eastern’s Morgan Reynolds in the championship game of the Brown County Holiday Classic Wednesday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_8941.jpgFayetteville senior Meghan Koch defends the shot attempt of Eastern’s Morgan Reynolds in the championship game of the Brown County Holiday Classic Wednesday night.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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