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 fall to Glen Este, Kings

The Western Brown Lady Broncos took to the court for a pair of tough match-ups this past week looking to build on the momentum from their victory over Georgetown in the consolation game of the Brown County Holiday Classic.

The Broncosplayed host to Glen Este, a squad who entered the game with just one loss on the season on Jan. 4.

The Lady Broncos struggled in the first half, scoring just 13 points. The team didn’t play well on defense either, and entered the halftime break trailing 31-13. Head coach Dennis Overstake said turnovers were the team’s downfall.

“We turned the ball over too many times,” Overstake said. “When we turned it over, they went down and scored some easy points.”

The Lady Broncos finished the game with 24 turnovers. Nonetheless, the second half of the game was a different story. The Lady Broncos scored 14 points in the third quarter and followed up with 10 more in the fourth. Overstake said the team started getting a few breaks, though the effort increased as well.

“We played harder in the second half,” Overstake said. “Things started going our way just a little bit.”

Another part of the Lady Broncos’ success in the second half could be attributed to who they were facing on the court. Glen Este’s lead allowed them to play people who would not normally see varsity action.

“They played a lot of people tonight,” Overstake said. “Their reserve team is very good and they played about a quarter’s worth of the game. We were able to make some thing happen when they were in the ballgame.”

The Lady Broncos were led by Mackenzie Brooks, who hit six of her 10 shots from the floor en route to a 12 point night. Brooks also led the Lady Broncos with six rebounds. Overstake acknowledged how important Brooks is to his team on offense.

“It helps when [Brooks] scores double-figures for us,” Overstake said. “We need other people to step up and start scoring 10, 15 points a night.”

It didn’t get any easier for Western Brown, as the team’s second match of the week sent them to Kings High School to take on the Lady Knights. Western Brown built a solid lead in the first quarter, scoring 21 points while allowing just 13.

However, the lady Broncos would score just 21 more points the next three quarters combined, which allowed Kings to rally in the second half and take a 55-42 victory. The win improves the Lady Knights to 10-3 on the season. Western Brown falls to 4-8.

Hannah Sininger led the Broncos with 19 points, including three three-point shots. Brooks finished two rebounds shy of a double-double, scoring 10 points and hauling in eight boards. Western Brown cut the turnovers down drastically, finishing the game with 12. That’s important, given the Lady Knights penchant for forcing turnovers, according to Overstake.

“They’re very physical,” Overstake said. “They like to press a lot.”

Western Brown prepares for a six-game road swing with a trio of difficult match-ups next week. The squad will visit Bethel-Tate on Monday, Jan. 11, Georgetown on Thursday, Jan. 14 and McNicholas on Saturday, Jan. 16.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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