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 trounce Taylor, set up rematch with McNick

CINCINNATI – Looking at the bracket for the Division II girls’ basketball sectional at Withrow High School, you’d notice that the Western Brown Lady Broncos and the Taylor Lady Jackets are seeded fairly close to each other. On paper, it’d appear a game between the two teams would be fairly close.

However, they don’t play the games on paper. When the two teams hit the court on Saturday night, it was anything but close.

Western Brown jumped out to a 14 point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, defeating Taylor 52-32 in their sectional opener.

Head coach Dennis Overstake said the win shows exactly how dangerous his team could have been this season.

“That’s what we’ve been capable of all year,” Overstake said. “We just haven’t been able to do it until these last five games. We’ve been able to get out and run, and we really open the ballgame up that way.”

The Lady Broncos trailed 3-2 less than two minutes into the game. It would be the only time they trailed the entire contest. Mackenzie Brooks hit a basket for the Broncos, putting them ahead 4-3 and sparking a 17-2 run to give the team the lead for good.

Brooks finished the quarter with 12 points. She added four more in the second quarter, helping the Lady Broncos take a 32-15 lead into halftime.

“When you get up that quickly on someone, one of two things are going to happen,” Overstake said. “You’re either going to continue to play that way, or they’re going to step up and stop you from doing that.”

The team carried the momentum through the third quarter, out-scoring Taylor 12-7. Six different Lady Broncos scored in the frame.

In the fourth, the team turned things over to some of the reserves. Marissa Wood scored three of the team’s nine points in the frame while Sugaree Shaffer added four.

Western Brown shot 20 free-throws in the game, hitting just 11 of them. Taylor went to the line just twice the entire game, something that Overstake credits to his team’s defensive scheme.

“We’ve been playing that 3-2 match-up zone very well lately,” Overstake said. “We’re trying to stay away from the reaching part of it, moving our feet on defense. It’s been paying off. We’ve been very aggressive at attacking the basket and creating fouls, we just have to do a better job of making them.”

The victory earns the Lady Broncos another shot at McNicholas High School, a team that beat Western Brown 54-39 earlier this season. In that game, McNicholas jumped ahead thanks to a big second quarter in which they out-scored the Lady Broncos 20-7.

Overstake said preventing that would be the key this time around.

“We came out and didn’t have anything in the first quarter,” Overstake said. “We let them dominate like we did here. We can’t let that happen, because we played with them the rest of the ballgame. We have to come up with a bit of a different strategy out of the gate, but if we continue to do this, we don’t have to have much of a new gameplan.”

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By Garth Shanklin

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