Four charged in overdose death Underage felonies strain county system Fayetteville looks forward to 2018 celebration Russellville council discusses underground tanks in village Marilyn A Wren Larry E Carter 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

Peebles survives late Ripley rally

PEEBLES – Momentum can be a tricky thing.

One minute, it’s on your side and every shot you take is falling. The next second, however, you can find yourself in a battle for a victory.

That’s precisely what happened to the Peebles Indians on Friday, Jan. 8 against the Ripley Blue Jays. Peebles jumped out to a big lead at halftime but had to withstand a second-half surge by the Blue Jays en route to a 51-48 victory.

The Indians and Blue Jays traded blows in the first quarter. Peebles jumped out to a 9-3 lead, but Ripley out-scored the Indians 7-5 over the final 2:53 to pull within four at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, however, Ripley’s offense disappeared. Peebles out-scored the Blue Jays 15-4 in the quarter, taking what appeared to be a commanding 29-15 lead into halftime. Ripley head coach Marty Adams noted his squad was missing a rather important piece of their defense due to injury.

“We’re missing, arguably, our best defender,” Adams said. “Jordan Griffith went out Monday with a concussion in practice, so he’s out at least until next Friday.”

Offensively, the Blue Jays could not move the ball around against the Peebles defense, which made scoring points in the quarter difficult.

“Usually, for us, when we don’t do well on offense it’s because we’re standing around and not executing our offense,” Adams said. “It’s everybody, it’s not just one guy. We couldn’t get that movement. They’re a good defensive team, they’re a little bigger than us and they got in the passing lanes and made things difficult. Give credit to them for doing it, but we have to get better movement on offense.”

It didn’t seem to matter in the third quarter who played defense for the Blue Jays, as the squad held the Indians scoreless for six minutes. Peebles’ first basket of the half came from Tanner Arey with 2:11 left. Ripley would see three different players hit three-pointers in the quarter, which cut the Indians’ lead to 35-30 as the fourth quarter began.

Ripley was unable to carry that momentum to the start of the fourth. Peebles scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, pushing the lead back up to 11, 41-30. Adams said a lack of communication on defense allowed the Indians to make the run.

“We’d subbed some guys to give people some breaks after we made that run and I think we had some matchup problems,” Adams said. “We didn’t communicate on defense so we had some bad matchups and they made that run. We turned it over a few times and it kind of snowballed from there.”

Ripley righted the ship, however, and a 12-4 run over the next four minutes brought the team within three points with 1:23 remaining. The teams would combine to score 12 more points in the final 83 seconds, but a Josh Deaton three-pointer from the top of the key fell short as time expired, giving Peebles the victory.

The teams combined to score 34 points in the fourth quarter, more than the Jays had scored in the entire game prior. Peebles head coach Josh Arey said things like that happen sometimes, and credited the Blue Jays for hitting difficult shots that kept them in the game.

“It’s funny how this game goes sometimes,” Arey said. “They hit some pretty difficult shots, hit a few threes and got into the paint and made some layups. We just kind of answered back and forth. We were able to hit our free-throws late, which ended up being the deciding factor in the game. Our kids didn’t quit, they continued to play hard even when things weren’t going their way.”

Laymon Marshall hit a few difficult shots by himself. Marshall hit a deep three-pointer with less than 10 seconds left to pull the Blue Jays within two. Before that, he hit a pair of running shots in the paint that somehow found the bottom of the net. Adams said Marshall isn’t necessarily expected to carry the offensive load every time he takes the court, but the fact that he can put points up quickly is a bonus.

“He’s always been small, so he’s always had to face a lot bigger guys,” Adams said. “He’s always been a great player, a smart player. That’s why it’s nice to have him and Brian [Dunn] both out there to run the point. Laymon’s more of the point guard than the scoring guard but he can score and he made some big shots for us.”

Josh Deaton hit a three-pointer with 1:47 left in the game, but it was waived off for travelling. Deaton would miss another three-point shot at the buzzer and finished the game with eight points. Marshall would finish the game as the Blue Jays’ leading scorer, tallying 10 points. Dalton Moran chipped in six, all of which came in the fourth quarter.

“[Moran’s] one of those defensive players but he’s really worked hard on his offense,” Adams said. “He’s come up with some big buckets in some games this year. He gets the ball to the middle off the dribble and he’s strong for a little guy. He’s a big spark.”

Arey was complimentary of the Blue Jays’ effort during the game, noting the squad never gave up despite facing a large deficit in the first half.

“I thought the Ripley kids showed a lot of heart,” Arey said. “I think we were up 17 points or so in the first half and it’d be easy to pack it in for the evening but they came out and played with a lot of fire. Credit to Marty and his staff for that.”

Adams and the Blue Jays took the court Saturday afternoon against Lewis County and lost 61-50. It doesn’t get any easier for the Blue Jays going forward, as the squad has a pair of tough games this weekend. The team hosts Fayetteville at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and Georgetown at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.

“We have to take it game by game,” Adams said. “I’m happy with the defense. We don’t have guys that can score. We just have to work harder on things in practice. Sometimes it can creep into guy’s minds, the record, but we just have to keep our heads up, keep battling every day and everybody on the team has to make everyone better. I think they’ve been doing that the last week or so.”

Peebles senior Scout Kremin throws down a dunk off an alley-oop from fellow senior Tanner Arey in the first quarter of the Indians’ 51-48 victory Friday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_9084.jpgPeebles senior Scout Kremin throws down a dunk off an alley-oop from fellow senior Tanner Arey in the first quarter of the Indians’ 51-48 victory Friday night.

Ripley’s Tanner Hatfield attempts a jump shot over Peebles senior Tucker Schmitz.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_9093.jpgRipley’s Tanner Hatfield attempts a jump shot over Peebles senior Tucker Schmitz.

Ripley junior Tanner Hatfield throws up a floater in the lane as Peebles senior Tanner Arey attempts to defend him in the first half of the Indians’ victory Friday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_DSC_9094.jpgRipley junior Tanner Hatfield throws up a floater in the lane as Peebles senior Tanner Arey attempts to defend him in the first half of the Indians’ victory Friday night.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

Peebles 51, Ripley 48

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Ripley

10

5

15

18

48

Peebles

14

15

6

16

51

Ripley – Marshall 4 0 10, Dunn 3 2 9, Holmes 1 0 2, Moran 3 0 6, Hatfield 2 0 5, Slowey 0 2 2, Deaton 3 0 8, Oberschlake 3 0 6

Peebles – Conley 2 0 4, Schmitz 1 0 3, Arey 6 1 14, Parrett 2 3 8, Kremin 3 0 6, Evans 1 1 3, Ryan 2 0 4, Godley 2 5 9

Halftime: Peebles 29, Ripley 15

Three-pointers: Ripley 6 (Deaton 2, Marshall 2, Dunn, Hatfield), Peebles 3 (Arey, Parrett, Schmitz)

 

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2016 News Democrat