Goshen and Felicity girls victors in sectional basketball tournament first round encounters

March 9th, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

And then there were none.

The last of Clermont County’s varsity girls basketball teams have been eliminated from their respective sectional tournaments.

Noteworthy is the fact that Goshen’s Warriors and Felicity’s Cardinals did win a tournament game apiece, but they defeated fellow Southern Buckeye Conference members whom they had previously beaten during the regular season.

Division II

Goshen (number-two seed), champion of the Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division, was eliminated by defending sectional champion Taft 86-57. The game was played at Mason High School.

The Senators were in the lead at the end of each period 25-15, 42-27, and 65-47.

Junior forward Staci Hicks powered the Warriors’ offense by tallying 22 points; senior guard Jessica McFarland utilized three three-pointers to register 19 points.

The Red and Gray concluded the campaign at 15-7 overall, and 11-3 in the SBC-A.

Clermont Northeastern (number-eight seed) was edged by the number-four seed Woodward Bulldogs 50-47. This contest, too, was played at Mason High School.

Clermont County's Rockets burst out to a 17-6 lead after the first eight minutes of action and held on to advantages of 26-21 and 41-31 after the next two intermissions. Woodward turned it on in the final eight minutes of regulation play to end it at 47-all and send the fray into overtime where the 'Dogs managed to shut out the Blue and Gold.

The Johnson girls, senior forward Jordan and senior point guard Kara, topped the CNE offense by sinking 14 points each.

Clermont Northeastern called it a season with an overall record of 9-12 and 7-7 (tri-runner-up) in the SBC-A.

Division I

Glen Este (number-eight seed) was overcome by number-six seed St. Ursula's Bulldogs 61-49 in a battle that took place at Harrison High School.

The Purple and White never completely got back in the game after a powerful first quarter by the enemy earned them a 25-17 lead over GE. The scores after the other stanzas were 38-29 and 51-43.

Senior guard Kelley Wesp's 16 points and sophomore guard Jaimie Hamlet's 12 points led the Trojans' offensive resistance.

Glen Este's final overall season record was 15-6 and 7-3 (third place) in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division.

Amelia was dropped out by the number-three seed Mount Notre Dame Cougars 70-34 in game played at Milford High School.

The Blue and White was behind at each stop 17-5, 34-13, and 57-18. Freshman forward Morgan Sperry topped all the Baron scorers with eight points.

Amelia closed out the season with a overall standard of 5-16 and 1-9 (sixth place) in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division.

Division III

Batavia (number-seven seed) was overpowered by Clark Montessori's Cougars (number-five seed) 48-40 in an encounter played at Western Brown High School.

The Bulldogs eked out a 12-11 first quarter advantage, but fell back after the next two intermissions 24-20 and 34-30.

The Green and Whites' offense was led by senior point guard Katie Fink's 12 points and junior guard/forward Ashton Embry's 10 points.

Batavia's final overall season record was 16-5 and in the Southern Buckeye Conference National (SBC-N) Division 12-3 (second place).

Felicity (number-ten seed) broke even in tournament action. After defeating arch-rival Bethel-Tate in the opener, the Cardinals were eliminated by Reading's Blue Devils 50-36. This game, too, took place at Western Brown high School.

The Red and White kept the score close through most of the game as they trailed after each break 9-7, 25-17, and 34-25.

Senior point guard Lindsay Barger was in the forefront of Felicity's offense with 10 points.

The Cards were dealt a final overall season record of 11-11 and 9-6 (third place) in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division.
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