Amelia’s varsity girls basketball team punished the defending co-champions of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division to earn the Barons their best start in several seasons.
Amelia defeated Goshen 64-53. The host Warriors led 18-16 and 29-28 at the first stops before the Barons took over 47-39 after three quarters. Amelia scoring leader: Michelle Wenker 17. Goshen scoring leaders: Staci Hicks 24 and Jessica McFarland 11.
The next victim was Clermont Northeastern 61-48. The hosts led all the way 12-8, 29-21, and 43-42. Amelia scoring leaders: Wenker 20, Ashley Crutcher 14, and Morgan Sperry 12. CNE scoring leaders: Kara Johnson 18, Erin Connor 12, and Dawn Rapp 10.
Because of her overall play, Wenker was chosen as the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal (FAVC-C) Division Player of the Week. In addition, she gathered in 30 rebounds in those first two games.
Glen Este broke even in the Olentangy Liberty Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The Trojans lost the opener to Dublin Scioto 50-45. GE was behind 12-7, 26-24, and 37-36 at the breaks. GE scoring leaders: Kelley Wesp 19 and Moriah Hodge 10.
The Purple and White recovered to surmount Mt. De Chantal 56-53. The Purple and White sped past the enemy at the half 37-26 after being down 16-13 after the first period. GE went into the final stanza up 47-43. GE scoring leaders: Wesp 18, Hodge 15, and Jennifer Deskins 10.
The Trojans topped Loveland 54-42 on the losers' floor in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division outing. Glen Este was in control at the stops 16-7, 28-14, and 47-24. GE scoring leaders: Wesp 17, Hodge 12, and Jaimie Hamlet 10.
Batavia erased East Clinton 49-35 in the Green and White's home and Southern Buckeye Conference National Division (SBC-N) opener. The Bulldogs were ahead after each period 15-10, 24-14, and 42-28. Batavia scoring leaders: Jamie Bare 14 and Katie Fink 13.
Felicity sent Williamsburg home unhappy following a 70-28 Cardinal walloping of the Wildcats in the SBC-N. The hosts were on top at each stop 23-8, 42-10, and 61-19. Felicity scoring leaders: Cayla Stutz 27 and Michelle Scheidler 10.
Clermont Northeastern bounced back to knock off New Richmond 47-38 in the Lions' Den. The visitors were in control all the way in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division (SBC-A) game 10-8, 27-17, and 36-26. CNE scoring leaders: Connor 14 and K. Johnson 11. New Richmond scoring leader: Jena Tisdale 10.
The Rockets edged Western Brown 46-45 in Owensville. The hosts were in control of this SBC-A showdown at each intermission 16-10, 29-22, and 35-30. CNE scoring leaders: Connor 13 and Lyndsey Waldman 12.
Reading's defense held CNE to just eight points in the first half and only three of the Blue and Gold scored in a 47-26 drubbing on the Blue Devils' court. The Rockets were on the short side of the quarter scores of 20-4, 22-8, and 30-17. CNE scoring leaders: Rapp 10 and K. Johnson 10.
Goshen whipped Wilmington 70-66. The Red and Gray trailed their guest 12-11 after one quarter, but came back to lead at the other stops 33-27 and 51-41. Goshen scoring leaders: Hicks 19, McFarland 18, and Kim Steele 10.
The Warriors next victim was Bethel-Tate 78-45 on the losers' court in SBC action. The visitors were in command throughout 17-10, 40-21, and 63-38. Goshen scoring leaders: Hicks 30, McFarland 15, and Jordan Buchanan 11.
Western Brown fell convincingly to the Warriors 64-46 in SBC-A play. The Red and Gray led their guests at each rest 17-10, 28-21, and 47-34. Goshen scoring leaders: Hicks 26 and Buchanan 10.
Milford opened the season with a 32-29 win over Mariemont. The E-Gals were behind their guests 10-3 and 16-10 after the first two intermissions, but came back to lead 24-23 going into the final eight minutes.
The Red and White fell at Anderson 54-30 being down 15-7, 27-15, and 42-25 at the breaks.
Fairfield also victimized the E-Gals in a Greater Miami Conference tilt 48-29. Milford trailed its host at the rests 13-5, 27-11, and 36-21.
Bethel-Tate was trampled by Turpin 67-34 as the hosts trailed at each rest 20-4, 41-15, and 54-26. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Rachael Johnson 12.
Western Brown also took the Tigers 42-31 in Mount Orab in the SBC. The Broncos were on top throughout 14-9, 21-18, and 33-21.
New Richmond was beaten by Hamilton Badin 66-37. The Rams topped their guests at the halts 20-10, 38-20, and 47-27.
The Red and Black came back to beat Bethel-Tate 65-45 in an SBC confrontation. The host Tigers roared off to a 17-15 first period lead, but was in arrears at the other intermissions 27-24 and 52-36. New Richmond scoring leaders: Meagan Bevins 16 and Heather Todd 11. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Emily Tyler 11.
Williamsburg took it on the chin from defending SBC-N titleist Georgetown 81-21. The Wildcats were behind their hosts 21-1, 43-11, and 63-14 at the quarters.