Goshen, Bethel-Tate, Glen Este, and New Richmond’s girls varsity basketball teams have enjoyed the most recent success on the Clermont County hardwood.
Goshen’s varsity girls basketball team has been experiencing a season full of injuries, yet the Warriors have remained competitive.
“The season is definitely not going the way we thought it would. We began the season with some of our starters on crutches,” said Jim Bowling, head coach of the Red and Gray.
Goshen is the defending Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) American Division champion and was expected to be tough to unseat from their top berth.
Staci Hicks, one of Greater Cincinnati's leading scorers and rebounders a year ago, has not been 100-percent during the season. She is a 6-foot senior forward.
Bowling is encouraged though by his charges' efforts. "We're coming along. We've got some of our younger players who have been stepping in and coming along."
The Warriors' taskmaster is impressed with the level of competition in the SBC.
"The league is as strong as I've ever seen. Western Brown, Batavia, Bethel, Georgetown, and East Clinton are all very tough. . . I expect a lot of our conference's teams should do well in the tournament."
Because of her injuries, Hicks has not played in every game and not at any time playing in complete good health, yet she is still a Greater Cincinnati leader with her scoring average of 23 points per game and her rebounding average of 14 per contest.
"It's a shame she hasn't been able to play a full season," said her coach.
Kim Steele, a senior guard, is averaging 11 points per outing, is making 4.5 assists per game, and is stealing the ball from the opposition three times a contest. Melanie Constable, a junior forward, and Alex Burnett, a sophomore forward, are pulling down nine and seven rebounds a game, respectively.
Hicks scored the 1,000th point of her stellar four-year varsity career during a Jan. 17 home game against East Clinton's Astros.
Said Bowling, "Staci is a good leader and a very hard worker. She's an outstanding student in the classroom, too. She is averaging a 4.0-plus. She is an outstanding young lady. She'll be playing basketball at the next level in a Division II or Division III college."
The Warriors whipped Williamsburg 53-37 in the winners' village. This was a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game.
The Wildcats grabbed the first quarter lead 12-11 before the Red and Gray recovered to lead 25-16 and 39-29 at the next breaks.
Hicks poured in 28 points and Constable added 11 for the triumphant. Danielle Stice, a junior guard, made 17 points (including three three-pointers) for the triumphed.
The Tigers demolished Deer Park 57-29 in the winners' lair. This was a non-conference game.
The hosts held comfortable leads of 19-8, 31-17, and 42-23 at the rests.
The Red and Gray was powered by balanced scoring - Tess Jenike, a freshman forward, netted 14 points, Melissa Willenbrink 12, Emily Tyler 11, and Heather Rose 10.
In a non-division Southern Buckeye Conference battle, the Tigers returned from Clinton County with a 54-49 win over East Clinton's Astros.
Bethel spotted their hosts a 17-11 first quarter lead, but came back to lead 26-22 and 42-40 at the next halts.
Tyler, a senior guard, was the winners' scoring leader with 18 points and Chelsea Allen made 13.
The Trojans tromped Amelia 49-3 in a non-division game in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
Following a 12-both first stanza tie, the host Purple and White held sway the rest of the way 26-18 and 38-25.
Moriah Hodge, a junior forward, made 17 points and Jaimie Hamlet, a junior guard, 16 (including three treys), for the victors and Morgan Sperry made 14 (including a pair of threes) for the vanquished.
The Lions let loose all over Felicity 57-27 in a non-division contest between these Southern Buckeye Conference members.
Senior center Kelsey Eubanks' 16-point performance powered the Red and Black and Marisa Stutz's nine points led the Red and White's resistance.
The Bulldogs returned from next door neighbor Amelia with a 60-48 inner-county, non-conference tilt.
The Green and White was ahead at each intermission 12-11, 27-23, and 43-35.
The winners' offense was led by senior guard Heather Hines' 18 points (including a trio of threes), Emily Webb's 15, and Jamie Bare's 10 (including a couple of threes). The Barons' resistance was powered by Sperry and Ashley Crutcher who each netted 10 points. Sperry made two three-pointers.
East Clinton stunned Batavia 48-42 in the Bulldogs' pen in this Southern Buckeye Conference National Division fray.
The host Green and White was in the forefront after the end of each quarter 15-8, 19-18, and 33-30 before the visitors staged a strong fourth period rally.
Bare, a senior forward, made 16 points for the home girls, Webb and Kayla Ernst both netted 10 points.
The Rockets were defused by visiting Georgetown 60-42 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division encounter.
The SBC National Division leading G-Women were on top at each stop 18-14, 37-16, and 53-30.
Christie Connor and Lindsay Huxel shared the Blue and Gold's scoring leadership with eight points each.
The E-Gals were fractured by visiting Fairfield 48-32 in a non-conference contest between former Greater Miami Conference members.
The Indians were ahead of their hosts throughout 12-7, 23-11, and 45-21.
Audrey Turchick was the leading scorer for the home town girls with nine points, all free throws.
The Bulldogs were barely beaten by the Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts 35-30.
The guests were ahead of the Blue and Silver at the end of each stanza 11-3, 13-10, and 27-18.
Katilyn Moorehead paced the home team's offense with nine points.
The Cardinals were caged 60-47 by Cincinnati Country Day in a non-conference game played at the aviary.
The visiting Indians had the advantage at the conclusion of each quarter 21-13, 36-22, and 47-31.
Felisha McCann, a senior guard, poured in 19 points and Stutz 11 for the Red and White.
The Wildcats were walloped by Fayetteville 75-42 in a non-conference confrontation.
The host Brown countians were in the lead after each period 23-13, 43-18, and 59-28.
The Wildcats displayed a balanced offense with Darci Little, Jessica Spurlock, and Brown netting seven points apiece. Stice made a pair of three-pointers.