Clermont County’s varsity girls basketball squads are very much into their mid-season competition and not too distant from actually drawing for their respective opening round of tournament opponents.
“I expected a little bit more from them than what we’ve gotten to this point of the season, but they’re finally realizing their potential,” said Katrina Seis, head coach of the Red and Gray.
Her charges are posing a serious challenge in the Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) American Division race.
Positive proof for their coach is the Tigers recently defeated East Cliinton Astro’s who were tied with Batavia for first place in the SBC National Division.
“They definitely improving. They’re playing much better as a team and putting together four good quarters of basketball,” Seis concluded.
Senior point guard Emily Tyler paces the team with her 12.0 scoring average. Junior pivot Chelsea Allen and freshman forward/guard Tess Jenike are dropping in more than eight points per contest. Tyler is among the leaders in all of Greater Cincinnati by averaging eight steals and five assists per outiing. She is receiving good defensive help from junior guard Ally Wallaace who is also the rebound leader at more then eight per game.
The visiting Cardinals led 13-12 after the openza stanza, but was slight behind at the other stops 28-25 and 45-41.
Jenike led the victors with 14 points, Taylor made 13, Heather Rose 12, and Karen Wessel 11. Tyler and Rachel Johnson netted two treys each. Marisa Stutz made 14 points, Amber McCann and Alex Stevenson 12 each, and Elizabeth Little 10 for the Red and White.
West Union also succumbed to Bethel-Tate 68-53. TGhe visiting Clermont countians were on top at each stop 15-15, 34-28, and 49-37.
Again balanced scoring led to the triumph as Tyler tossed in 13 points Jenike 11, and Johnson and Melissa Willenbrink 10 each for the Tigers.
The Trojans have been adding on to their impressive number of victories as they remain in the midst of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Buckeye Division title chase.
Newport Central Catholic recrosses the Ohio River with a 64-58 loss received from GE.
The Purple and White was a good host spotting the Kentuckians a 23-20 first peiod lead, but the Clermont countians took over the rest of the way 34-31 and 45-44.
Jamie Hamlet, junior guard, powered the Purple People's offense with 20 points (nine coming on three treys). Kendra Burchfield added 18 points and Moriah Hodge 11.
Anderson could not stop the visiting Trojans 58-47 in FAVC Buckeye Division action that took place on the losers' hardwood.
The Redskiins burst out to a 16-13 first quarter lead, but was down 32-20 and 40-38 after the next two halts. Hamlet snak another three three-poiinters to pace the Clermont County offense with 22 points and Moriah Hodge contributed 19.
The Purple and White sent another team packing it unhappily back to Kentucky as Rye was routed 75-45.
The Trojans held sway all the way 20-7, 35-14, and 57-32.
This time Hodge, a junior forward, poured in 22 points, Burchfield 17, Hamlet 14, and Jessica Pegg 12.
Another FAVC-B battle was won by GE. The victim was Harrison 66-46.
The Trojans were in control after each break 16-14, 37-22, and 50-40.
Hodge made 19 points, Hamlet 14, Sarah Sibert 13, and Burchfield 10 to head the triumphant Trojans' tallies.
The Bulldogs are in a very close race for leadership of the SBC-N.
The Green and White easily downed visiting Clermont Northeastern 55-35 in a non-division SBC game.
Batavia was in control throughout 17-5, 30-9, and 50-18.
Emily Webb made 14 points to lead the winners' offense and Jamie Bare added 12 (including two three-pointers). Lindsey Huxel's 11 points was the most made by any of the Rockets.
In a non-conference tilt, Batavia clobbered the visiting St. Bernard Titans 66-21.
The Green and White never looked back with quarter advantages of 27-2, 40-11, and 51-13.
Kayla Ernst's 16 points and Bare's 13 powered the Batavia offense.
The Warriors are coming around with victories after a slow injury-hampered start.
Blanchester fell to its next-door neighbor 53-43 in a non-division SBC fray.
The visiting Clinton countians were up 11-9 and 23-19 before the Red and Gray forged ahead 40-32 after three quarters of play.
Staci Hicks spearheaded the Warriors' attack with 19 points, Kim Steele accounted for 15 (including three three-pointers), and Amanda Simms made 10.
The Red and Gray returned from Felicity with a very hard-earned 42-40 triumph in an SBC non-division battle.
The host Cardinals were in the lead at each intermission 8-5, 23-14, and 29-25.
Hicks eanred game scoring honors with 15 poiints and teammate Diana Whitney add another 10 to the total. Stutz's 14 points led the Cardinals' scoring.
The Rockets recorded a triumph over Ripley 64-63 in non-conference competition.
The visiting Brown countians burst into a 23-11 first quarter lead, but the fans in Owensville saw their Rockets launch out of that deficit cutting it to 36-26 and 47-43 at the other rests.
A trio of the Blue and Gold sank double digits - Christie Connor 17, Lindsey Huxel 15, and Tara Bowles 10.
Indian Hill was not a very nice host clobbering Northeastern 64-22 in a non-conference game.
The Braves were in command throughout 24-2, 35-13, and 51-15.
Ashley Redrow's nine points paced CNE's scoring efforts.
Turpin, too, won a non-conference test over Clermont Northeastern 63-19 on the winners' court.
Again, the Northeastern adversary got off to a great start as the Spartans lead at each break 27-4, 45-5, and 63-10.
Alexis Schmidt tossed in seven points lead the Blue and Gold in the scoring department.
The Barons won a FAVC encounter over Northwest's Knights on the losers' hard wood.
The Clermont countians were up 16-8 and 23-22 after the first two rests before Northwest took control 37-35 going iinto the final eight minutes of regulation play.
Morgan Sperry made 17 points (two three-pointers) and Ashley Crutcher 12 for the winners.
Anderson ousted Amelia 57-22 in FAVC play that took place on the Redskins' floor.
The host was in the forefront at the end of each period 10-2, 27-7, and 41-17.
Kelly Madigan's seven points led the Baron scoring out put.
Wilmington won out 59-36 in a FAVC Cardinal (FAVC-C) Division game played on the Hurricanes' floor.
The Clinton countians pulled away to quarter leads of 12-4, 33-17, and 51-24.
Sperry and Jacquelin Deatherage shared the scoring leadership for the Blue and White with seven points apiece.
In yet another FAVC non-division match-up on the road, Loveland overcame Amelia 59-29.
Deatherage's seven-point performance paced the Blue and White who were down at the end of each stanza 11-2, 26-11, and 47-20.
Turpin emerged victorious over the Barons 57-43 in a FAVC-C battle that took place at the barony.
The Barons' Sam Gehler's nine points kept her team in the game in which the Spartans were on top 15-12, 27-17, and 41-27 at the conclusion of each quarter.
The E-Gals fell 68-33 to FAVC-B leader, the Winton Woods' Warriors, in Milford.
The division leader was in the lead at each intermission 12-7, 25-21, and 49-28.
Allison Nagle's eight points (including two three-pointers) topped the Red and White's resistance.
The Cardinals ventured to Ripley and a returned with a 67-38 non-conference setback.
The Blue Jays gradually separated themselves from the Red and White with period scores of 16-14, 32-25, and 55-32.
A nine-point performance by Amber McCann led the Clermont countians' offense.
The Wildcats forced visiting East Clinton to sustain a determined comeback before finally being overcome 49-45. This was a SBC-N duel.
The host Clermont countians were in command 15-6 and 25-22 after the first two intermissions, but the Astros rallied to lead 38-34 before going into the final eight minutes of regulation game time.
Danielle Stice's 13 points (including a trio of three-pointers) topped the Blue and White's scoring.