Batavia and Glen Este are Clermont County’s best hopes in girls sectional tournament competition

February 15th, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Division III

Felicity (number-10 seed) versus Bethel-Tate (number-11 seed), Feb. 15, 5 p.m., at Western Brown High School.

These arch-rivals are members of the different divisions Felicity (National Division) and Bethel-Tate (American Division) of the Southern Buckeye Conference who met earlier in the season and it resulted in a victory for the Cardinals.

The Cards are 8-8 overall and 7-5 in their division and the Tigers are 6-13 overall and 4-9 in their division.

Damon Smith, head coach of Felicity, expects this head-to-head match-up to be tougher than the first go around.

“I hope we’re playing even better than we did when we played them before because I think they’ve improved as well. They won’t be a pushover.

Glen Este
"We're getting good team defense now and I think our quickness and ability to score is better then theirs."

Cayla Stutz, senior point guard, is the Cards' scoring leader at 17 points per game and Felisha McCann, junior guard, is putting in 10 points per game. Marisa Stutz, junior point guard, is the rebound leader at about six per game and is the top playmaker averaging five assists.

"We're getting a productive effort from everybody, but I still don't think we've jelled yet," Smith concluded.

Bethel-Tate head coach Katrina Valentine said, "This draw was our best bet. The girls really feel they can win. The earlier game with Felicity was probably our worst game of the year...

"The program is improving. We doubled the number of wins the team had last year."

Junior point guard Emily Tyler is the Tigers' scoring leader averaging 10.5 points per game and sophomore guard/forward Chelsea Allen is averaging seven. Sophomore guard Alissa Wallace has been rebounding with a 6.0 average and Allen is close behind. Tyler had been the leader in assists. Their coach pointed out "they play good defense as a team."

Division II

Clermont Northeastern (number-eight seed) versus Woodward (number-four seed), Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., at Mason High School.

"The season has been challenging. We've had players becoming hurt and a lot of girls have had to step up and fill in and it has caused a lot of stress," said Jason Kreimer, head coach of the Rockets who are 8-10 overall and 6-7 in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division.

Kara Johnson, senior point guard, and Erin Connor, senior forward, are the scoring leaders at 12 and 10 points per game, respectively. Connor and Jordan Johnson, senior forward, are each yanking down eight rebounds per battle. Kara Johnson is the assist leader with three per game. The defensive star of late has been Lindsey Huxel, a sophomore guard, brought up from the junior varsity team.

Concerning Woodward, Kreimer said, "I think we can do some damage. They're beatable. We can give them a run and if we get past them we'll play either Western Brown or Indian Hill and they're both having a down year."

Division I

Milford (number-31 seed) versus Mount Notre Dame (number-three seed), Feb. 15, 7:45 p.m., at Harrison High School.

Coach Eric Reichert's team is 1-16 overall and 0-12 in the Greater Miami Conference.

He said, "This year has been a learning experience for everybody. We had only two seniors with varsity experience and have three sophomores starting."

Allison Nagle, sophomore guard, is the top scorer for the E-Gals averaging eight points per contest and Toni Paul, sophomore forward, and Kim Strunk, sophomore center, are averaging six points. Paul and Strunk have been the rebounding leaders and A.J. Riddle, senior guard, has been the defensive standout.

"Ball control has been a big weakness," Reichert said.

Despite all the setbacks, he remains optimistic about his charges' efforts.

"Mount Notre Dame is the defending state champion, but they're having something of a down year. We're going to have to play flawless."

Division III

Batavia (number-seven seed) versus the winner of the game between Clark Montessori (number-five seed) and Purcell Marian (number-six seed), Feb. 17, 11 a.m., at Western Brown High School.

The Bulldogs are 15-3 overall and 11-2, one- half game behind division-leading Georgetown in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division.

"All the teams in our division of the tournament are good top to bottom," said Aaron Brose, head coach of Batavia. "We plan on doing what we've done all season - playing solid man-to-man defense."

Heather Hines, junior guard/forward, paces the Green and White in scoring average (10.7), rebounding average (7.0), and is outstanding on defense. Jamie Bare, junior guard/forward, and Kayla Ernst, sophomore forward, are averaging nine-plus points per game, Emily Webb, sophomore forward, is hauling down eight rebounds per contest and Ashton Embry, junior guard/forward, has also been playing good defense.

"We've been pretty successful this season. I'm happy where we are. I'd like to make some noise in the tournament," Brose said.

Division I

Glen Este (number-eight seed) versus the winner of the game between St. Ursula (number-six seed) and Fairfield (number-17 seed), Feb. 19, 6 p.m., at Harrison High School.

The Trojans are 13-5 overall and 6-3 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-B).

"The number eight seed is about where we thought we'd be," said Trojan mentor Jeff Click. "I think we have a good shot to go to district again which is our goal. But in our sectional there are no gimme games."

Click's charges have faced some very tough competition including state-ranked teams and a tough FAVC-B race.

"Mason has beaten us twice this year. My girls would welcome the opportunity to play them again, but we'll need to play well against St. Ursula or Fairfield," Click said.

The Trojans' offense is paced by senior guard Kelley Wesp's 14 points per game average and senior forward Jenna Deskins is dropping in 10-plus per contest. Deskins and sophomore forward Moriah Hodge are the rebound leaders averaging 5.5 each. Sophomore guard Jaimie Hamlet is passing for 2.5 assists per outing.

"We haven't played well defensively as a team and that has been our Achilles' heel. The season has been up and down, but we're starting to play our best basketball of the year," Click said.

Amelia (number-27 seed) versus the winner of the Milford-Mount Notre Dame game, Feb. 21, 7:45 p. m., at Harrison High School.

"We are a work in progress. We continue to work and improve. We've got a long way to go, but we're better than we were at this time last year," said Amelia head coach Mark Smith of his Baronesses who are 5-14 overall and 1-9 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division.

Michelle Wenker, senior forward, is the team leader in just about every category, including scoring (12 points per game), rebounding (11), and assists, and steals. Ashley Crutcher, junior center, is averaging 7.5 points and six rebounds, and Morgan Sperry, freshman forward, is averaging five rebounds. Katherine Westendorf, senior guard, has drawn six charges and she and Crissy Traurig, senior guard, are pointed out by their coach as his best defenders.

"We're looking forward to playing Mount Notre Dame. We have been playing a lot closer games in the league the second time around," said Smith. "Milford is working hard to rebuild, but Mount Notre Dame has good tradition...

"Our league is sold short, but we hope we can show we have good basketball in our league."
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