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 Georgetown in SBAAC Tourney

FELICITY — It’s hard to beat the same team two times in a season, let alone three. However, the Western Brown Lady Broncos basketball team had a chance to knock off their rival, the Georgetown Lady G-Men, for the third time this season when the teams met in the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference Championship Saturday afternoon at Felicity-Franklin High School.

Georgetown took an early 3-0 lead, but the Lady Broncos went on a tear for the rest of the quarter, out-scoring Georgetown 12-1 en route to a 50-32 victory.

The Lady Broncos stretched the lead to 17-4 before Georgetown finally hit a second field-goal. Western Brown head coach Dennis Overstake said his team’s defense did a good job preventing the Lady G-Men from converting field goals, instead having to settle for points from the foul line.

“We talked about that for a while,” Overstake said. “All they were scoring was from the foul line. They’re such an aggressive team that they like to take the ball to the basket. If you don’t move your feet and get in position, that’s what’s going to happen.”

The Lady Broncos led 24-10 at halftime. In the third quarter, it appeared Georgetown would be able to make it a ballgame. The Lady G-Men cut the lead to as few as seven points at 31-24, but the Lady Broncos closed the quarter on a 6-0 run to squash the rally.

Georgetown head coach Bernie Cropper gave credit to the Western Brown defense, saying his team couldn’t penetrate the Lady Broncos’ zone.

“They did a great job with their extended zone defense,” Cropper said. “They’re long and athletic. We couldn’t get any easy looks. Give them a lot of credit on defense.”

The Lady G-Men switched to a press defense midway through the game that appeared to give the Lady Broncos trouble, and while Georgetown did gain some momentum from the turnovers, their lack of rebounding and other factors caught up with them.

“We were able to get a little momentum,” Cropper said. “We had trouble getting easy shots against them. We certainly had trouble rebounding against them.”

No Lady G-Men player finished the game in double-digits. Kennedy Underwood had seven points while Kim Seigla added six in her first game back. Lexi Ring led Western Brown with 15 points while Hannah Sininger chipped in 14, 12 of which came in the first half.

Both teams now prepare for sectional tournament play. Georgetown squares off against Gamble Montessori at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Taylor High School. Cropper said he believes his team’s schedule prepared them for a tough tournament.

“We hadn’t really played a bad team all year,” Cropper said. “We have a young team. Every night we’re playing good people. Hopefully that’ll toughen them up for tournament.”

Western Brown, meanwhile, heads to Withrow High School for a 6:30 p.m. contest against Taylor High School. Overstake said his team, which has won three straight conference games, is hopefully peaking at the right time.

“They always say this is the time you want to be playing your best, going into tournament,” Overstake said. “We were able to win the last three league games and it put us in a tie for second place with New Richmond…You play them as you get them. We were playing well the last three ballgames heading into this.”

Senior Lexi Ring led the Lady Broncos with 15 points in Western Brown’s victory over Georgetown at Felicity High School on Saturday afternoon.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_DSC_0673-1.jpgSenior Lexi Ring led the Lady Broncos with 15 points in Western Brown’s victory over Georgetown at Felicity High School on Saturday afternoon. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat

By Garth Shanklin

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