Glen Este girls on six-game winning streak; Batavia and Goshen doing well in SBC cage confrontations
Glen Este is the pace setter for Clermont County’s varsity girls basketball teams. The Trojans are 8-3 overall and 3-2 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-B).
“We’re pretty happy with how we’re doing. We’ve won our last six,” said Jeff Click, head coach of the Purple and White.
His charges began the season with a tournament in the Columbus area. The Trojans lost to the host team Dublin Scioto that is currently ranked fourth in the state in Division I. The other losses have come against other highly rated teams.
“All three of our losses were under five points,” said Click. “We’re learning and growing by playing good competition.”
Senior guard Kelley Wesp is the scoring leader at 14.5 points per game, sophomore guard Jaimie Hamlet is averaging 11.0 and sophomore forward Moriah Hodge 10.0. Wesp and Hamlet are the assist leaders.
Under the boards, Hodge is getting seven rebounds per game, senior forward Beth Gebell six, and senior forward Jenna Deskins and Wesp five.
Two of the losses can be avenged when FAVC-B foes Mason and Winton Woods have return engagements in Troy.
"We want tough challenges. It will make us better," said Click. "We're improving. We're excited about the rest of the season. I expect us to finish strong."
Glen Este sunk Seton 54-43 on the losers' hardwood. The Trojans trailed 14-13 after the opening eight minutes, but took over at the next pair of intermissions 31-21 and 43-34. Glen Este scoring leaders: Wesp 18 and Gebell 11.
Yet another Greater Catholic League member suffered the wrath of Clermont County's best girls varsity basketball squad. Ursuline was defeated at GE 70-52. The Trojans took control early and never looked back with quarter leads of 21-11, 42-26, and 50-41. Glen Este scoring leaders: Hamlet 23 and Wesp 13. Hamlet made four three-pointers.
Goshen continues its pursuit of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division crown by turning in an impressive offensive effort to beat Blanchester 78-65. The visiting Warriors were in the forefront throughout 20-12, 34-23, and 57-40. Goshen scoring leaders: Staci Hicks 26, Jessica McFarland 20, and Jordan Buchanan 11.
New Richmond walloped Williamsburg in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference game 74-33. The Lions led their hosts at each halt 24-5, 36-18, and 48-21. New Richmond scoring leaders: Trista Sebastian 15, Heather Todd 15, and Meagan Bevins 10. Williamsburg scoring leader: Kayla Scott 10.
Felicity overpowered visiting Bethel-Tate 58-40 in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference contest. The Stutz sisters combined for 35 of the winners' points. The Cardinals were in command at each intermission 14-8, 33-15, and 50-24. Felicity scoring leaders: Cayla Stutz 22 and Melissa Stutz 13. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Cindy Galea nine points.
Felicity was taken by Cincinnati Country Day 42-35 on the winners' floor. The Indians were ahead at each rest 12-8, 21-18, and 33-24. Felicity scoring leaders: Lindsay Barger 14 and C. Stutz 12.
Clermont Northeastern returned to the winners' side of the ledger against a red-hot team following a hard-fought 40-38 victory over Batavia in Owensville. The Bulldogs had been turning in some of the best efforts in the county and the Southern Buckeye Conference. The visitors were up 12-7 after the first quarter and down 22-16 and 26-24 at the next two intermissions. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Kara Johnson 14 and Erin Connor 13. Batavia scoring leader: Heather Hines 11.
Batavia immediately returned to its winning ways with a 66-14 slaughter of St. Bernard. The hapless Titans were behind their guest at each break 16-0, 35-1, and 56-9. Batavia scoring leaders: Hines 16 and Jamie Bare 13.
Batavia has been enjoying success. The Bulldogs are 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Southern Buckeye Conference.
"I knew at the beginning of the season we had the potential to be good, but you never know at the beginning how you'll actually do," said a pleased Aaron Brose, Batavia head coach.
He credits his charges' success to "good team balance. The defense is doing very good and we've had five different leading scorers."
In the forefront of the Green and White's offense, junior guard/forward Jamie Bare, junior guard/forward Heather Hines, sophomore forward Kayla Ernst, sophomore forward Emily Webb, and senior point guard Katie Fink are each averaging within four points of each other. Hines and Webb have been the leading rebounders at seven per contest. Fink is averaging four assists per outing. Ernst has the best shooting percentage from the field and junior guard/forward Ashton Embry has been singled out for being "the best all-around player on defense."
Said Brose, "The second half of the season is going to be big for us we have to play (SBC-American rivals) Goshen and Western Brown. Our focus is going to be one game at a time. We can' t allow ourselves to get ahead of ourselves. We haven't played our best game yet."
Amelia lost a non-division Fort Ancient Valley Conference contest to visiting Anderson 49-31. The Redskins were on top at every stop 11-6, 35-13, and 45-18. Amelia scoring leader: Michelle Wenker 14.
Little Miami beat the Barons 63-40 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division game.The visiting Panthers held sway all the way 16-10, 31-22, and 52-33. Amelia scoring leader: Wenker 12.
Hamilton hammered Milford 65-41 in a Greater Miami Conference tilt played on the victors' hardwood. The E-Gals were in arrears at the conclusion of each period 17-4, 32-8, and 50-18. Milford scoring leader: Toni Paul 15.