The girls basketball campaign is not far from sectional tournament time and Clermont County’s teams are trying to reach their peak at the prime time of the season.
Goshen gored Williamsburg 78-30 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game that took place in ‘Burg. The Warriors were in control at each break 23-11, 38-16, and 67-20. Goshen scoring leaders: Staci Hicks 20 and Jessica McFarland 17. Williamsburg scoring leader: Kayla Scott 14.
In a non-conference dual at home, the Red and Gray was halted by Loveland 70-52. The Tigers were in the forefront at each rest 16-7, 34-29, and 50-41. Goshen scoring leaders: Staci Hicks 18 and Jessica McFarland 10.
Felicity rallied to knock off New Richmond 50-46 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division battle played at the winners’ aviary. The Cardinals led 18-11 after the first stanza, but the Lions came back to led at halftime 25-24 and the score was tied at 40 going into the final eight minutes of regulation time. Felicity scoring leaders: Cayla Stutz 18 and Felisha McCann 12. New Richmond scoring leader: Heather Todd 18 (four three-pointers).
Felicity head coach Damon Smith is hoping for a strong finish from his Cardinals. To date he is disappointed his varsity squad is just 6-7 overall and 5-4 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division.
"We've lost some games I thought we should have won. I thought our results would be better and that we would jell better considering the number of seniors (seven) we have," said Smith. He pointed out that his charges seem to have a different leader in just about every game.
Senior point guard Cayla Stutz, who just recently recorded scoring the 1,000th point of her four-year varsity career, is the Cards' leading scorer once again with an average of 17.8 points per game. Junior guard Felisha McCann is averaging "about 10-12 points" per game. Sophomore point guard Marisa Stutz is bringing down the most rebounds with an average of about seven per contest. The Stutz sisters have been the Red and White's assist leaders.
Smith is pleased with the overall team defense. "Since Christmas we've been practicing with the freshman boys team and that has helped us improve and develop better defense," he said. "We could finish strong. We're playing better as a team."
The Trojans sought a victory in Kentucky and got it, 63-51, over Newport Central Catholic. The balanced scoring attack enabled the Ohioans to be in command at each halt 17-10, 34-21, and 43-35. Glen Este scoring leaders: Kelley Wesp 13, Moriah Hodge 11, Jamie Hamlet 10, and Barb Petty 10.
Glen Este lost a key Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division confrontation to visiting Mason 59-48 in a battle for the top rung in the conference. The visiting Comets were up at each intermission 14-9, 24-22, and 45-39. Glen Este scoring leaders: Moriah Hodge 14 and Kelley Wesp 10.
The Purple and White rebounded in the conference to trample Turpin 57-33 in a non-division game. The guest Spartans actually led after one quarter 5-2, but GE regained its composure and pulled away 20-18 and 43-27 at the other halts. Glen Este scoring leader: Moriah Hodge 16.
Batavia's winning surge was temporarily stopped by North College Hill in non-league action. The host Trojans leashed the Bulldogs 42-40. The Green and White recovered from a 7-6 first period deficit by leading at halftime 17-13 and after three quarters 27-23, but couldn't stop the Trojans in the closing eight minutes. Batavia scoring leader: Kayla Ernst 11.
Clermont Northeastern lost to undefeated Southern Buckeye Conference National Division leader Georgetown 60-40 in a non-division fray. The host G-Women were up at each intermission 21-5, 34-16, and 43-26. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Kara Johnson 15 and Erin Connor 11.
Clark Montessori also took the measure of the Blue and Gold 61-43 in a non-league tilt that took place in Owensville. The Rockets got off to a bad start and never did quite catch up with period scores of 16-5, 24-20, and 42-30. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Erin Connor 13, Kara Johnson 10, and Jordan Johnson 10.
The Barons beat former Clermont County League foe Bethel-Tate 62-44 in an inter-county, non-conference contest. Amelia was in the lead over their hosts from the start 13-12, 31-27, and 51-29. Amelia scoring leader: Michelle Wenker 27.
Amelia was walloped by Winton Woods 78-30 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference non-division game played on the victors' court. The Barons were behind at each halt 18-9, 40-15, and 59-24. Amelia scoring leader: Michelle Wenker 14.
Amelia won a non-conference fray by defeating yet another former Clermont County League rival. This time it was Western Brown in Mt. Orab by a tally of 51-38. The host Brown and Gold were ahead 11-6 and 17-16 after the first two rests and it was tied at 28 before the Barons balanced offensive attack fired in 23 points in the final stanza to win the battle pulling away. Amelia scoring leaders: Michelle Wenker 14, Morgan Sperry 13, and Ashley Crutcher 12.
Bethel-Tate did in visiting East Clinton 59-39 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. The Tigers were firmly in control throughout with period leads of 16-1, 26-15, and 36-23. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Rachael Johnson 11.
Milford was lambasted by Lakota West 75-23 on the winners' court. The host Firebirds were in control each moment of this Greater Miami Conference tilt. The score at the close of each stanza was 21-4, 44-8, and 57-15. Milford scoring leader: Allison Nagle made six points.
Milford turned in its best offensive performance of the campaign, but it was not quite enough as the E-Gals lost to Middletown 70-66 in a Greater Miami Conference tussle that took place at the aviary. The Red and White were in the forefront until the final period. The quarter scores were 17-12, 36-29, and 48-47. Milford scoring leaders: Kim Strunk 21, Allison Nagle 14, and Toni Paul 11.
The E-Gals lost at Loveland in non-league play 69-39. The host Orange and Black was in command at each break 22-7, 35-19, and 49-29. Milford scoring leader: Allison Nagle 16.