Clermont County’s high school girls varsity basketball season has entered the final, or tournament, segment of the campaign. Due to the very recent snow, rain, and ice most prep athletic events were cancelled including most sectional tournament showdowns. Some of the tournament contests did take place, however.
Goshen’s Warriors earned the championship of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Divison after sharing last year’s crown with Clermont Northeastern. Batavia’s Bulldogs finished strong and was a close runner-up to Georgetown’s G-Women in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference National Division. The Silver and Black’s lone league loss was to the Green and White.
In an inter-county, inner-league, and inner-divisional confrontation, the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division’s Goshen Warriors held off a rallying New Richmond Lion squad 53-49. The victory insures the Red and Gray of advancement in the Division II sectional tournament that is taking place at Mason High School.
The Warriors pulled away to large early quarter-ending advantages in the first half of 18-6, 32-16. The Red and Black began their comeback to cut the third quarter deficit to 42-34, but was unable to get much closer. Senior guard Jessica McFarland paced the Red and Gray with 22 points, and junior forward Staci Hicks added 16. For New Richmond, senior pivot Megan Bevins tallied 14 points and sophomore guard Megan Troxell 10.
Goshen is 15-6 and New Richmond closed out at 7-14.
Felicity overpowered fellow Southern Buckeye Conference member and arch-rival Bethel-Tate 50-37 in a game played at Western Brown High School. The Cardinals had a tough time pulling away from the Red and Gray, but did lead at each halt 11-10, 28-21, and 34-31. Senior point guard Cayla Stutz and senior point guard Lindsay Barger made 16 and 11 points, respectively. Junior guard Heather Rose spearheaded the Tigers' resistance with 17 points.
The Fighting Tigers concluded the campaign with a record of 5-15.
Milford was knocked out of the competition by Mount Notre Dame's Cougars in an encounter played at Harrison High School. The E-Gals were behind at all the rests 19-4, 36-11, and 48-17. Sophomore guard Allison Nagle netted six points to emerge as the leading scorer for Milford.
The season ended with the Red and White having 1-20 record.
Williamsburg fell before Seven Hills' Stingers 51-21. The game was played at Lemon-Monroe High School. The Blue and White was down after each stanza 13-8, 27-13, and 41-17. Junior forward Kayla Scott paced the Wildcats' offense by sinking 11 points.
The Wildcats called it a year with a 0-18 record.
The Trojans dethroned Kings' Knights in a non-conference game 70-39. The host Purple and White was in the lead throughout the entire confrontation 16-10, 36-20, and 54-25. Glen Este scoring leaders: Jaimie Hamlet 13, Alisha Sena 13, and Kelley Wesp 11.
The Rockets were pushed to the limit by Bethel-Tate's Tigers, but the host Blue and Gold won out in this Southern Buckeye Conference American Division battle 49-43. Northeastern was ahead at the end of each quarter 13-9, 26-16, and 35-27. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Lyndsey Waldman and Kara Johnson dropped in a total of nine points each. Bethel-Tate scoring leaders: Emily Tyler 12 and Cindy Galea 10.
Clermont Northeastern nipped Ripley's Blue Jays 48-47 on the losers' floor in this non-conference confrontation. The visiting Clermont countians were on top of the Brown countians at each stop 14-11, 25-15, and 32-29. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Erin Connor 16 and Kara Johnson 15.
The Blue and Gold brought home a 52-44 triumph over East Clinton in a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference game. The Rockets were behind Clinton County's Astros after the first two stops 10-3 and 24-15 before putting together a serious third stanza comeback to lead 30-29. Clermont Northeastern scoring leaders: Kara Johnson 17 and Erin Connor 13.
The Cardinals stunned Clermont Northeastern by beating the Rockets on their home court 48-42 in this Southern Buckeye Conference non-division encounter. The visiting Red and White was tied with CNE after the first two intermissions 9-9 and 19-19 before giving up a 32-29 advantage to the Blue and Gold and before the Cards staged the game-winning rally in the final eight minutes. Felicity scoring leaders: Lindsay Barger 16 and Cayla Stutz 14. Clermont Northeastern scoring leader: Jordan Johnson 14.
The Wildcats lost to their guests East Clinton 59-32 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game. The Astros led their hosts at each break 14-10, 30-16, and 47-29. Williamsburg scoring leader: Kayla Scott 13.
North Adams took the measure of the Blue and White 49-35 in a non-conference contest. The visiting Green Devils of Adams County were in control throughout 13-4, 26-9, and 32-25. Williamsburg scoring leaders: Megan Ream 13 and Kayla Scott 10.
White Oak walloped the Wildcats in Williamsburg 83-40. The visiting 'Cats of Highland County were the dominant force at each rest of this non-conference tilt 26-1, 45-22, and 72-28. Williamsburg scoring leaders: Amy Brown 12 and Sarah Bourne 11.