Virginia L McQuitty Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher 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

Broncos come up short at home

MT. ORAB – Coming off a Brown County Holiday Classic championship, the Western Brown Broncos took to the court against Augusta (KY) looking to start the second half of the season on a high note.

Streaky offensive production and defensive efforts would doom the Broncos, however, and the team dropped to 4-7 on the season with a 66-52 loss to the Panthers.

The Broncos trailed by just one point after the first quarter, thanks in large part to Joe Sams. Sams scored nine points in the quarter, but would be limited to just four the rest of the game. The Panthers poured on the offense in the second quarter, putting up 21 points to take a 39-28 lead into halftime.

The Broncos scored the first bucket of the third quarter to cut the lead to single digits, but the Panthers went on a 8-0 run that lasted until Chaiten Tomlin hit a three-pointer from the right corner with 4:37 left in the third quarter.

Western Brown then went on a run of their own, cutting the lead back down to single digits at 47-39 before Augusta’s Connor Maddox hit a two-point shot to break the skid. Western Brown head coach Greg Foster said the team’s defense allowed them to get back in the game, but ultimately the lack of defense cost the squad late.

“We played a little bit of defense,” Foster said. “The third and fourth quarter, there were spurts where we played a little bit of defense but that was the tale of the tape in the first quarter and the first half. We were giving up the middle and letting guys drive. We were stepping up to help, but we were stepping up with our hands down and they were making passes by our ears and by our knees. It was just too easy for them.”

The Broncos would get no closer than 12 points behind the rest of the game, and at one point trailed by as much as 19. Tomlin then scored seven points in 90 seconds to get the squad back on track.

Tomlin’s 23 points lead Western Brown. Sams finished with 13 and Hunter O’hara added 10 more for the Broncos. Wyatt Fischer and Brandon Butler chipped in four and two, respectively.

Maddox led both teams with 24 points and was one of four Panthers who finished in double-figures. Jared Shoemaker scored 14 while Tanner Pugh and Camryn Snapp each tallied 11. Owens Crawford scored six points for Augusta.

Foster was all praise for the Panthers, complimenting the squad on their play but also noting his team still could have won the game.

“Augusta’s a really good basketball team,” Foster said. “They’re really smart, really disciplined and if we’d played smarter defense in the first half it’d have been a different story, but it didn’t happen.”

Part of the Broncos’ problem in the second half was shot selection, which led to the large deficit the team faced.

“You don’t get beat like that without forcing shots,” Foster said. “We had opportunities around the basket and we missed them. We didn’t make the easy ones. We had our moments when we took some good shots. When we ran our offense, we did a good job of executing but there’s times where we forget what we’re doing and we get a little frustrated and that’s when you start forcing the shots.”

Luckily for the Broncos, the problem has a simple fix, according to Foster.

“It’s pretty simple: don’t take a bad shot,” Foster said. “If you’re falling away from the basket, or if you’re 50 feet away from the basket, or if there’s a guy in your face and you can’t score with a guy in your face, you don’t take that shot. There were times tonight where we had guys in their face, but the difference is they can score with guys in their face. We have a hard time doing that.”

Western Brown will remain home for the team’s Homecoming contest against Lynchburg-Clay Saturday, Jan. 9. The team faces Glen Este Wednesday, Jan. 13 before hitting the road for four straight games.

“We have to do us,” Foster said. “Lynchburg’s very good. They play very disciplined, they play very hard. We’ll have a game-plan going in but…We have to be ready to play.”

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Tomlin scores 23 in Augusta loss

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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