Clermont County’s varsity girls high school basketball teams have mostly begun their respective campaigns very slowly.
Not one of the county’s distaff squads has a winning record in the early goings. Most victories have come against fellow county teams.
Some of the teams such as Batavia’s Bulldogs, Bethel-Tate’s Fighting Tigers, Glen Este’s Trojans, and Milford’s E-Gals have shown promise of having upcoming successful campaigns.
The Barons began their season with a 57-51 victory over Goshen in inner-county non-conference action.
The visiting Warriors were ahead 16-10 after the first quarter, fell behind 28-24 at halftime, and recovered to tie the tally at 39 going into the final quarter.
Ashley Crutcher made 16 points to lead the winning offense and Morgan Sperry and Kelly Madigan added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Little Miami halted the Blue and White's winning streak at one with a 54-33 win in Morrow.
The host Panthers were in control at each rest of this Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division fray 16-7, 32-13, and 52-18.
Madigan's 10 points paced Amelia.
The Bulldogs got off to a tough start hosting Georgetown, the defending champions of the Southern Buckeye Conference National (SBC-N) Division. The Bulldogs lost to their guests 49-40.
The Green and White forced the visitors to stage a fierce rally to win.
The home girls led 10-7 and 16-13 after the first two stanzas and fell behind 26-24 after three periods.
Jamie Bare's 10 points headed the Clermont countians' offense.
Batavia evened its record with a 46-38 SBC-N victory at Blanchester over the Wildcats. The lead belonged to the Bulldogs from the get-go 18-5, 24-12, and 37-19.
Bare dropped in 14 points and Heather Hines 12 for the winners.
All of the Bulldogs' games have been against Southern Buckeye Confernence competition.
Said head coach Aaron Brose, "They've been playing pretty well and they are now starting to come around."
Bare, a senior forward, owns the highest scoring average at 13.0 points per game and junior forward Emily Webb and senior guard-forward Hines are averaging about nine points per contest. Webb is the rebounding leader hauling in seven per outing and Hines is the top playmaker averaging three assists per contest.
Brose noted his charges play "good team defense," but senior guard-forward Ashton Embry has been the leader in the "D" department.
Brose believes his charges "need to gain more overall consistency and the depth must increase and step up," if the Green and White can hope to fulfill their expectations of enjoying a banner year.
The Tigers opened the current campaign with a convincing 73-39 clobbering of Goshen, the defending SBC American Division champion.
Bethel-Tate was in control of this SBC-A confrontation throughout 17-6, 34-16, and 57-21.
Emily Tyler spearheaded the victors with 19 points, Tess Jenike made 15, and Chelsea Allen 11. Steele powered the Warriors' resistance with 11 points.
Western Brown returned from Bethel with a 51-46 triumph in a SBC-A contest. The Tigers trailed at each break 19-13, 38-21, and 44-35.
Tyler's 13 points topped the Red and Gray's offensive efforts.
The E-Gals began with a 71-55 drubbing of visiting Lakota East. This Milford win came over a Greater Miami Conference (GMC) foe of a year ago and the Red and White did not win a conference game in their last season of membership in the GMC.
The E-Gals were in command at each intermission 14-4, 32-18, and 54-32.
A balanced offensive attack showcased the game for Milford. Allison Nagle and Audrey Turchick both netted 15 points for the conquerors, Caitlin Moran contributed 11 more and Kayla Kreyenhagen 10.
Milford returned from Mariemont with a disappointing 51-46 loss to the Warriors.
The Red and White jumped off to a 15-7 first period lead, but was behind 24-19 and 34-26 after the next two rests.
Nagle threw in 18 points, Turchick 11, and Kim Strunk 10 for the E-Gals.
Loveland lambasted the host E-Gals 74-38 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division tilt. The Tigers were in charge at each stop 16-14, 37-20, and 56-28.
Nagle and Turchick netted 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Milford.
Felicity suffered a 69-54 setback to East Clinton's Astros in SBC-N play. Following a 16-all first quarter deadlock, the visiting Clinton countians were ahead the rest of the way 37-36 and 47-46.
Falisha McCann fired in 25 points and Marisa Stutz 14 for the Cardinals.
The Trojans were taken by Winton Woods 56-42 on the winners' court. The pre-season FAVC Buckeye Division favorite Warriors led 13-11 after one quarter, but the Trojans rallied to lead 26-23 at the half before falling back 35-33 after three quarters.
Jamie Hamlet's 20 points powered the Purple and White and Moriah Hodge chipped in another 10 points.
The Lions lost at Seven Hills 67-36. The host Stingers were on the long end at each and every one of the halts 15-8, 33-19, and 55-26.
Kelsey Eubanks' 15 points led the Red and Black's offensive efforts.
Reading returned to Hamilton County from Owensville with a 55-21 win over the Rockets. The Blue Devils were ahead all the way 19-2, 29-7, and 49-15.
Christie Connor's eight points lead the Blue and Gold.
In SBC-A play, Western Brown destroyed Northeastern 55-24 as the visiting Brown and Gold were on top at each stop 19-6, 26-10, and 40-17.
Connor again led the Blue and Gold's offense by tallying six points.
The Bulldogs were caged by Adams County Christian 28-25 in Milford.
The Clermont countians in Blue and Silver were led in their offensive efforts by Katie Ballentine who accounted for 11 points.
This game was a non-coonference encounter.