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

Eastern defense stifles Lady Jays in 42-26 victory

WINCHESTER – The Eastern Lady Warriors looked to build off wins over Paint Valley and Bethel-Tate Thursday night when the squad welcomed the Ripley Lady Jays to town.

Behind a suffocating defense and a strong interior game from Mikayla Farris, the Lady Warriors rolled to a 42-26 victory over Ripley.

Eastern jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first quarter thanks to five points from senior Molly Prine. Carlee Daulton scored four points in the frame for the Lady Jays.

The second was more of the same, though this time Mikayla Farris scored seven points in the quarter for Eastern, giving her team a 25-11 lead at the break.

Ripley’s offense didn’t play well in the first half, and while the team’s execution is part of the problem, head coach Chris Coleman said the Lady Warriors’ defense was also responsible.

“They’re pretty good defensively,” Coleman said. “We just don’t execute at times, we get out of whack and we start rushing things. We can’t do that, we’re just not that skilled offensively.”

The third quarter was all kinds of trouble for the Ripley offense. The team did not score a single point in the period, even though they did have chances. Allison Day scored six of Eastern’s eight points in the quarter, as the Lady Warriors suffered through a bit of an offensive drought of their own.

“We played really well in the first half defensively,” Pickerill said. “We kept them mixed up and we didn’t let them get settled in to their offense. We did a lot of the same there in the third quarter. I think we had a let-down in the fourth, and I know we went to the bench and you’re going to have trouble keeping the intensity up but I wasn’t really happy with the way we played that game. We still have things to work on.”

The Lady Jays out-scored the Lady Warriors 15-9 in the fourth quarter, with seven of those 15 points coming from Kacy Gilkerson. Ripley seemed to pick the tempo up on the offensive end once the Lady Warriors began pulling starters from the game.

“Nothing against the backups, but they weren’t putting the pressure on like the top five were,” Coleman said. “So we were a little more relaxed, we didn’t have to deal with the pressure and that helped us.”

Gilkerson finished the game with 16 of Ripley’s 26 points, earning her praise from Coleman.

“She was the bright spot on the offensive end,” Coleman said. “We started attacking a little bit, picking the pressure up and trying to speed the game up some.”

Eastern was led by Farris, who scored 13 points. Day added 10 for the Lady Warriors, who improve to 14-5 on the season. Pickerill said the plan from the get-go was to get Farris involved inside, which would lead to open shots for his perimeter players.

“We knew that coming in,” Pickerill said. “We knew that we wanted to establish our bigs and make our presence known and work from inside out. We were able to do that early, we were 10 from 15 in the paint in the first half and two for three from three early, so gameplan-wise it worked.”

The Lady Warriors return to action Monday, Jan. 25 with a road contest against the Peebles Lady Indians. Ripley will host Bethel-Tate this Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.

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Other area girls’ basketball scores:

Southern Hills Athletic Conference

Whiteoak 48, Manchester 38

Lynchburg Clay 65, Fairfield 30

Fayetteville 43, Peebles 39

North Adams 69, West Union 23

Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference

Western Brown 47, Goshen 41

Bethel-Tate 45, Georgetown 31

Blanchester 49, Felicity 44

Williamsburg 58, Clermont Northeastern 32

New Richmond 35, Batavia 28

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By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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