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 FP School Board changes millage funding formula Thirteen charged by Brown Co. Grand Jury Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up Impressive post-season tourney run reaches end for Lady Rockets Rose M Crone Thousands visit Traveling Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall Strategies discussed to join Maysville/Mason County KY with Brown Co. communities for economic growth Road and bridge work planned in county Linda M Lawson Margaret G Newkirk Gregory R Dunn Sandra L Haitz Wesley A Cooper Everette F Donell Lady Broncos move to SW District Div. II finals Lady Rockets top Cincy Christian 22-1 to earn berth in district finals Lady Warriors head to SE District Div. III finals with win over Gallia SW District Track and Field Tourney action gets underway Russell E Conn Robert T Fisher Philip L Paeltz David Beals Gregory A Smith II William G Mullinnix Patricia Ogden Brittany Stykes remembered by friends and family 2018 county budget could be cut by up to ten percent Georgetown Police Chief updates council Over 40 vendors, crafters at 2017 Annual Craft Show Cropper’s time as GHS girls basketball coach expected to end after 21 years at the helm Barnes’ perfect game and big hits lead Lady Broncos to round one sectional win Broncos advance in sectional play with win over Mt. Healthy Kenny B Williams Stephen E Marcum Christopher J Lovett Brandon M Traylor Gaslight renovations set to begin Ripley students view mock crash at school ‘Angela’s Curbside Cuisine’ taking area by storm Fisher sentenced to 17 years for child porn possession Fundraiser for Russellville 200th Celebration May 6

Lady Broncos beat Batavia

MT. ORAB – The Western Brown Lady Broncos looked to rally from three straight losses last Thursday, Jan. 28, when the team welcomed the Batavia Lady Bulldogs to town.

Thanks to a solid offensive performance from senior Sugaree Shaffer, the team managed a 42-35 home victory.

Western Brown jumped all over the Lady Bulldogs in the first quarter, out-scoring Batavia 15-8.

The second quarter went to Batavia, as the Lady Broncos’ offense cooled off a tad and the Lady Bulldogs cut the lead to 22-18 at halftime.

Both teams scored 10 points in the third quarter, and the Lady Broncos’ defense turned it on in the fourth, preventing Batavia from getting any closer and sealing a seven-point victory.

Western Brown head coach Dennis Overstake said turnovers were still a problem. The squad was plagued with turnovers during the team’s six-point loss to Anderson the night before.

“We did a little bit better,” Overstake said. “We got down to the last quarter and ended up with about the same amount [as last night]. It was the same problem, we tried to force the ball into situations with passes that weren’t there.”

The difference this time was the team’s defense, according to Overstake.

“Our defense was better,” Overstake said. “Our man-to-man was better than the last game, especially in that fourth quarter. They had two scorers score 27 of their 35 points, so I thought we did a nice job on the other people who played. I thought our girls did a nice job.”

The defense’s ability to limit the Batavia offensive attack helped the Lady Broncos when they had the ball. Overstake said the team’s defense set up his offense with some fast-break chances, which led to a few easy baskets for Western Brown.

“We were able to get into some transitions and get the ball down the floor on several occasions,” Overstake said.

Shaffer’s 12 points led the Lady Broncos. Teammate Lexi Ring added nine, while Hannah Sininger and Nena Taylor scored six and five points, respectively. MacKenzie Brooks and Marissa Wood added four each. Bailie Darnall chipped in a pair to round out the Western Brown total.

Batavia was led by Leona Burton’s 14-point night. Teammate Maggie Mehlman was right behind with 13. No other Lady Bulldog scored more than four points.

The Lady Broncos return to action for their final home game of the 2015-2016 regular season Feb. 4 against Amelia. The game is crucial for seeding in the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference Tournament, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 in Felicity.

Western Brown and Amelia each enter the game with a 4-5 record on the season, behind 9-0 Goshen and 5-3 New Richmond in the American Division. Should Western Brown win, they would earn a third-place finish in the conference and a matchup with either Georgetown or Bethel-Tate at 3 p.m. A loss drops the Lady Broncos to fourth place in the American Division and sets up a game against the Williamsburg Lady Wildcats, also at 3 p.m. on Feb. 6.

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By Garth Shanklin

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