Tournament time for Clermont County’s high school varsity girls basketball teams is upon us. Three of the county’s squads will get underway right away.
Goshen (number-two seed) versus New Richmond (number-12 seed), Feb. 13, 6 p. m., at Mason High School.
Both teams are members of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. Goshen is in first place in the division.
“It was pretty good getting the number-two seed considering all the city schools voting,” said Jim Bowling, Goshen head coach. “It was not a good draw, though, because we play New Richmond in the tournament three days after we play them in our last regular-season game.
“Playing them concerns me because they have really improved. It’s tough for anyone to play a good team in back-to-back games.
“We’re playing much better, too. I’m pleased we’re getting more people contributing in the games.”
Bowling mentioned, in particular, the contributions of sophomore forwards Melanie Constable and Amanda Simms.
"I'm real pleased with how we've been doing. We're further along than I thought we'd be," Bowling said.
New Richmond head coach Maryann Dalton said of the upcoming tournament showdown, "When it came to our turn in the draw I had a choice between playing Goshen or McNicholas. I chose Goshen because if we need to work on anything after we play each other the last game of the season we will have two days to work on it.
"Goshen is a quick team. They have two good players in Hicks and McAninch. If we can keep them under control we'll be okay. It'll be a very competitive game. We lost to them by four points when we played them earlier in the year.
"We've suffered some injuries this year, but (senior pivot Kayla) Lavely, (senior pivot Meghan) Bevins, (junior forward Kelsey) Eubanks, and (senior guard Heather) Todd have really stepped up for us.
Williamsburg (number-13 seed) versus Seven Hills (number-one seed), Feb. 14, 6 p.m., at Lemon-Monroe High School.
"We'll come out and play as hard as we can like we have all year," said Rick Healey, Williamsburg head coach. "We're going to be working on trying to keep the ball from going inside against us.
The Wildcats' mentor singled out senior forward Sarah Bourne for being the 'Cats' "spark plug" and freshman center-forward Darcy Little who "responded very well for being just a freshman having to play on the varsity level. She gives all she's got."