Clermont Northeastern, Goshen, Milford, Williamsburg, and Bethel-Tate have begun to emerge with a number of victories in Clermont County high school varsity girls basketball action.
Milford’s victory was a major upset among county, conference, and Greater Cincinnati expectations.
The respective division sectional tournaments will begin Feb. 16.
In Division II, at Withrow High School, New Richmond will encounter Indian Hill’s Braves at 6 p.m. and Clermont Northeastern will confront Aiken’s Falcons at 7:30 p.m.
The E-Gals stunned host Glen Este by tripping the Trojans 49-45 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. Glen Este led 14-8 after the first quarter, but Milford forged ahead and held on with second and third quarter advantages of 23-18 and 31-26.
Allison Nagle, senior guard, was in the offensive forefront for the conquerors with 15 points. The conquered's scoring was led by sophomore guard Lakin Louiso's 17 points (including tallying an impressive five three-pointers) and senior guard Jaimie Hamlet's 14 points that included a trio of threes.
The Rockets jettisoned past Felicity 59-36 in Owensville. The Blue and Gold owned comfortable leads of 22-4, 40-9, and 52-22 in this Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game.
Senior guard Ashley Redrow powered the winners' offensive efforts with 11 points. The Cardinals' Alex Stevenson, a sophomore forward, led all scorers with 12 points including sinking two three-pointers.
The Warriors skimmed by Bethel-Tate 48-47 in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. The visitors were in the forefront at each halt 9-6, 26-14, and 30-29 and managed to hang on in the final eight minutes.
Freshman guard Kelsi Steele topped the Goshen output with 14 points and teammate Brooke Whitley, a senior guard, contributed a pair of threes. Junior guard Emily Vanderpool paced the Tigers with 11 points.
Georgetown gained a 51-44 verdict over the Red and Gray in this Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. The visiting G-Women were in control at each stop 16-6, 22-14, and 32-28.
Melanie Constable, senior guard-forward, made 18 points (three threes) to spearhead the Warriors' offense.
The Wildcats outlasted Bethel-Tate 43-36. The hosts hung on to quarter leads of 10-6, 17-14, and 32-26.
Amy Brown, junior forward-center, made 12 points to top the Blue and White and Brooke Kenneda, a sophomore guard-forward, made 16 to lead the Red and Gray in this non-division encounter in the Southern Buckeye Conference.
The Wildcats overpowered Felicity 59-47 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division confrontation played in the aviary. The Cardinals were ahead 12-9 after one period of play and 'Burg took over to lead after the next two rests 23-21 and 38-34.
Junior forward-center Darcy Little paced the Blue and White with 16 points. Teammates Danielle Stice, a senior guard, and Molly Bruns, a sophomore guard, netted 12 points each. Felicity senior forward Marisa Stutz made 16 points and Stevenson added 11 to set the flight pattern for the Cardinals.
In the Paint Valley High School (Bainbridge, Ohio) Holiday Classic, the Blue and White was defeated by Coal Grove 51-35. The Wildcats were on the lesser end of the point production at the conclusion of each period 13-10, 27-18, and 42-25. Little's 17 points topped all of the individual scoring for the 'Cats.
The Tigers tamed New Richmond 56-44 on the winners' hardwood in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division duel. The Red and Gray was behind the Red and Black 16-12 after the first eight minutes, but came back to command 28-23 and 40-36 after the next two intermissions.
Junior guard Emily Vanderpool made 14 points and junior guard Abbey Cherry made 13 for the victors. Sophomore center Reno Frayne sank 12 points for the vanquished.
West Union's Dragons were the Red and Gray's next victim by a 65-56 count. The Clermont countians were in control throughout in this non-conference fray 17-5, 32-21, and 47-30.
Sophomore guard-forward Katie Kilgore netted a career-high 18 points to lead the Fighting Tigers' offense. Allen added 12 points to the winning efforts.
Lynchburg-Clay's Mustangs came away from Bethel with a 36-30 win in a non-conference confrontation. The Tigers never recovered from a scoreless first period and trailed at each break 6-0, 9-5, and 21-15.
Vanderpool's 11 points was the most points made by a Clermonter.
In a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference, Blanchester beat Bethel-Tate 57-49 on the losers' court. The Red and Gray led at the conclusion of each of the first three stanzas 10-9, 25-19, and 41-32, but a disastrous final eight minutes spelled defeat.
Kenneda made 16 points to spearhead the home girls' offense. Allen and Abbey Cherry, a junior guard, both made 11 points with the latter sinking two threes.
The Bulldogs were upset by East Clinton 52-47 in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division. The Astros topped their hosts 10-4 and 23-21 after the first two quarters. The Green and White led 35-28 going into the final stanza, but was not able to maintain the advantage.
Emily Webb, senior guard-forward, and Kayla Ernst, senior forward, made 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Clermont countians.
The Lions lost at Georgetown 66-39 in a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Red and Black was behind at each stop 11-5, 25-16, and 45-26.
Senior forward Sarah Theiss' 14 points (four threes) powered the NR attack. Freshman guard Mikaela Rapp threw in two threes.
The Bulldogs were declawed by Lockland 73-15 on the winners' hardwood. Milford was on the short end of the score all the way 20-0, 39-6, and 59-11.
Sibert's five points topped the scoring for the Silver and Blue.