Batavia and Goshen are emerging as early leaders in Southern Buckeye girls basketball division races
Cayla Stutz, Felicity senior point guard, scored the 1,000th point of her stellar four-year varsity career. She dropped in the grand point from the free-throw line with 55-seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Dec. 11 Cardinals’ home game versus Ripley’s Blue Jays.
Goshen and Batavia have emerged as two of the toughest teams to compete against in their respective divisions of the Southern Buckeye Conference. Glen Este’s schedule has not been in its favor. The Trojans have opened against some of the finest teams in their conference and in the entire state.
Goshen emerged victorious over visiting Clermont Northeastern 66-54. These teams were the co-champions of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division race a year ago. The Warriors were ahead at each intermission 13-10, 25-21, and 42-36. Goshen scoring leaders: Staci Hicks 28, and Jessica McFarland 21 (three three-pointers).
Batavia bested arch-rival Williamsburg in an SBC showdown 57-29 on the Wildcats’ hardwood. The Bulldogs were in command all the way 15-4, 30-6, and 46-14. Batavia scoring leaders: Heather Hines 16 and Jamie Bare 11. Williamsburg scoring leader: Kayla Scott 12.
Finneytown fell before the Bulldogs, too. The visiting Wildcats were treated to a 43-37 beating. The Clermont countians were up at each of the breaks 10-8, 21-14, and 33-20. Batavia scoring leader: Kayla Ernst 14.
Glen Este fell at Winton Woods 58-54 in an important Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division battle. The Trojans played catch up after a disastrous first quarter in which the Purple and White was outscored 21-9. The scores at the other rests were 31-25 and 43-42 with GE down at each. Glen Este scoring leaders: Kelley Wesp 12, Jaimie Hamlet 11, and Moriah Hodge 11.
The road has been very tough on the Purple and White in FAVC-B action. Mason, too, took the Trojans' measure 40-37. The Comets held slight advantages at the end of each stanza 10-8, 18-14, and 28-25. Glen Este scoring leader: Hamlet 14 (three treys).
Milford was stopped by Northwest 71-51 on the winners' floor. The E-Gals led 15-12 after the first eight minutes, but trailed the Knights at the other breaks 30-21 and 47-27. Milford scoring leaders: Allison Nagle and Toni Paul with nine points apiece.
Oak Hills also downed the Red and White 62-34. The visitors burst out to a huge early lead in this Greater Miami Conference (GMC) tilt and never looked back with stanza scores of 24-4, 36-16, and 49-21. Milford scoring leader: Nagle 13.
Princeton handed the E-Gals another GMC setback. The Viking visitors won 73-41 as they commanded the advantage throughout 18-9, 41-19, and 59-25. Milford scoring leader: Danielle Pillman 11.
Felicity fell at Georgetown 65-45. The Cardinals were on the down side at the end of each period of this Southern Buckeye Conference National Division contest 17-7, 36-26, and 51-34. Felicity scoring leaders: Cayla Stutz 20 and Marisa Stutz 14 (three three-pointers).
Ripley spoiled the night that Felicity senior Cayla Stutz netted her 1,000th career point. The Blue Jays won on the Cards' court 56-43. Ripley led after one period 12-10, but Felicity led 21-19 at halftime. The Brown countians tied the score at 39 after three quarters of play before pulling away in the closing eight minutes. Felicity scoring leaders: Cayla Stutz 14 and Felisha McCann 10.
New Richmond took Western Brown into overtime before the Red and Black lost in Mount Orab 60-54. The Lions led after the first three halts of this SBC-A fray 15-9, 22-18, and 41-37 before the Brown and Gold came back to knot it at 50 at the end of regulation time. New Richmond scoring leaders: Kayla Lavely 12, Heather Todd 11, and Sweet 11.
Amelia hosted Northwest, but lost to the Knights 60-53 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division game. In a close contest throughout, the guests were up 14-12 after the first stanza, but the Barons took a 36-35 advantage into the locker room, before the Knights regained the lead 47-45 after three quarters of action. Amelia scoring leader: Michelle Wenker 16.
Bethel-Tate was bombed by Fayetteville 66-36 on the winners' hardwood. The Red and Gray was on the short side of the score at each of the rests 18-9, 31-14, and 47-27. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Rachael Johnson 11.
Williamsburg was sunk by Summit Country Day 55-14 on the court of the Silver Knights. The Wildcats were in arrears at each halt 20-2, 36-6, and 48-11. Williamsburg scoring leader: Megan Ream five points.