Glen Este, Goshen, and Clermont Northeastern cagers in thick of fight for conference crowns

February 1st, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Glen Este’s girls have represented their school and Clermont County very well in competition versus opponents outside the county and, in particular, upstate. Last week the Trojan women won yet another game in the Greater Columbus vicinity.

Goshen holds a one-game lead over Clermont Northeastern in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division (SBC-A). The Warriors are 9-4 overall and 6-2 in the SBC-A.

“With as young a team as we have we are doing better than I thought we would,” said Goshen head coach Jim Bowling.

His squad’s offense is lead by the highest scoring average in the area and it belongs to junior forward Staci Hicks at 23 points per game. She also leads the team with 12 rebounds per contest and is a Greater Cincinnati leader in that category, too. Senior guard Jessica McFarland is the area leader averaging 7.3 assists per battle. Their coach pointed out that junior guard Kim Steele and sophomore forward Amanda Simms have been tough on defense.

"We should stay in the thick of things in the league. The conference is very competitive this year," said Bowling in conclusion.

Clermont Northeastern is showing signs of achieving the preseason expectations of their coach and the other coaches of the Southern Buckeye Conference.

The Rockets are currently 7-6 overall and 5-3 in the SBC-A. Forecasts before the season got underway had the Blue and Gold doing better.

"My expectations were higher, but we have lost some close games," said CNE head coach Jason Kreimer. "I thought we were more experienced on the varsity level. I knew we had some older players, but some of them didn't have as much experience as I thought. Some had little or no varsity experience. And we don't have the depth this year that we've had in the past."

Senior point guard Kara Johnson is the scoring leader with 11 points per game (ppg), senior forward Erin Conner is averaging 10 ppg, and senior guard Dawn Rapp is averaging eight ppg, but she will miss the rest of the campaign due to an injury. Connor and senior forward Jordan Johnson are the Rockets' rebounding leaders at nine and eight per game, respectively. Kara Johnson has been the assist leader and Jordan Johnson has been the defensive standout.

"We've been playing a little better, lately," said Kreimer. "Our transition game has been improving, too. We're getting the ball off the board and down the floor better.

"I think we'll finish strong. If we get a good draw in the tournament I think we can cause some damage."

Glen Este

Glen Este ventured to the Columbus area and competed in the Pickerington High School Shootout. The Trojans won the opener over Reynoldsburg's Raiders 56-48. The Purple and White spotted the Purple and Gold leads of 13-12, 28-22, and 41-39 before turning it on to outscore their adversaries 17-7 in the final eight minutes of the battle. Glen Este scoring leaders: Kelley Wesp 20 and Barb Petty 10.

In the second game, GE was downed by Pickerington Central 52-47. The Purple and White was behind at the breaks 16-10, 26-25, and 40-35. Glen Este scoring leaders: Wesp 14 and Jenna Deskins 10.

Batavia

Batavia outlasted Goshen in the battle of two of the best squads, record-wise, from Clermont County in the Southern Buckeye Conference with the small school division (National) winning out over the big school division (American). The Bulldogs began with an 18-9 first quarter advantage and had to fight to hold off the host Warriors to lead at the other intermissions 31-27 and 45-37. Batavia scoring leaders: Kayla Ernst 20, Jamie Bare 15, and Heather Hines 10. Goshen scoring leaders: Staci Hicks 27 and Kim Steele 13.

The Bulldogs' next big division victim was Western Brown by a 43-41 verdict. The Green and White maintained slight edges at the end of each stanza 14-9, 21-18, and 31-30. Batavia scoring leaders: Hines 13 and Emily Webb 13.

Goshen

Goshen rejoined the ranks of the winners by lassoing Wyoming's Cowgirls 41-34 in a non-league contest. The Warriors topped their hosts at the conclusion of each quarter with scores of 4-3, 20-13, and 30-28. Goshen scoring leaders: Jessica McFarland 14 and Hicks 12.

New Richmond

New Richmond gave it all the Lions could, but they fell to SBC National Division unbeaten leader Georgetown 56-50 in an overtime thriller. The Lions took their hosts to the limit by leading 18-12 and 29-24 after the first two breaks before the G-Women eked out a very small 38-37 edge following three quarters of action. The tally at the end of regulation time was 48-each. New Richmond scoring leaders: Kayla Lavely 12, Heather Todd 12, and Kelsey Eubanks 10.

Turpin also tamed the Lions 55-28. The visiting Red and Black were behind at each intermission 15-4, 33-13, and 42-29. New Richmond scoring leader: Meagan Bevins 15.

Bethel-Tate

Bethel-Tate succumbed to visiting Blanchester 44-38 in a Southern Buckeye Conference battle. The Clermont countians were on top 11-9 after one quarter, but the Clinton countians tied it at 20 going into the locker room. The guest Wildcats were in the lead 33-29 after three quarters of play. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Rachael Johnson 11.

Amelia

Kings crowned Amelia 61-36 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division contest. The Barons led their guests 10-8 after the first eight minutes, but fell behind the remainder of the way 28-20 and 50-29. Amelia scoring leaders: Michelle Wenker 12 and Ashley Crutcher 10.

Milford

Milford was clobbered by Colerain 72-37 in a Greater Miami Conference tilt. The host Cardinals flew out to a 22-1 first quarter shellacking and continued to be in control at the other halts 41-10 and 57-21. Milford scoring leader: Allison Nagle 18.

Williamsburg

Williamsburg returned from Western Brown after being stampeded by the Broncos 64-13 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. The Brown and Gold was in the forefront at each rest 18-2, 29-4, and 46-8. Williamsburg scoring leader: Kayla Scott with seven points.

The Wildcats were overcome by Cincinnati Country Day 50-35 in a non-conference game. The visiting Indians were ahead at the end of each quarter 17-12, 24-17, and 37-25. Williamsburg scoring leaders: Darcy Little 15 and Scott 15.
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