When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins

North Adams girl’s basketball scrimmages Greenfield McClain

Fans got their first look at the four-time defending Southern Hills Athletic Conference champions Wednesday night as the North Adams Lady Devils scrimmaged Greenfield McClain.

Both the varsity and junior varsity squads played multiple quarters against the Tigers only a few days after fall athletes have moved over to winter sports.

“We need to work on ball handling and passing and we didn’t shoot it well but we just got these guys back from soccer and volleyball so we were practicing the first week with about five kids,” North Adams head coach Rob Davis said. “We’ve had, I think, three or four practices with everybody here.”

McClain jumped all over the varsity squad in their first scrimmage to a 6-2 lead that could have been much larger had the Tigers not missed multiple layups off of back cuts, an area Davis said he needs his team to improve upon.

Layups by sophomore Avery Harper and junior Madison Jenkins, the two tallest girls on the court, got the North Adams offense going initially, but a long offensive drought afterwards allowed McClain to jump out to a 17-7 lead.

A couple of free throws by Harper and a three-pointer by freshman Grace McDowell closed out the first quarters of the scrimmage with the scoreboard reading 19-13 McClain.

The junior-varsity North Adams squad jumped all over McClain in their first scrimmage forcing the Tigers into 14 turnovers in the 16 minute scrimmage, allowing zero points.

Sophomore Brooklyn Stout had multiple layups for North Adams and junior Allison Harper hit a three from the wing. Stout ended the workout with a jumper from the short corner and the JV squad walked away with a 14-0 shutout.

The junior varsity squads played again later on in the evening, this time with McClain getting into their offensive rhythm and coming through with a 13-10 decision.

The varsity squads played two more scrimmages with North Adams knocking down some shots in a 21-14 win while McClain won the final scrimmage in a more defensive battle, 15-10.

With one point guard out with an injury and another home sick, Davis was forced to use his third and fourth point guards fresh off the volleyball and soccer seasons.

“Maddie Toole [and Laykyn Hupp] stepped in tonight and played hard,” Davis said. “I told them, ‘It’s the first scrimmage. We’re going to make mistakes.’ But we’ll be OK when we get those two back.”

North Adams had an obvious size advantage over McClain and will likely have that luxury most of the season.

“Our passing has to get better,” Davis said. “But [post play] is going to be one of our strong points this year. We’ve just got to be patient and get the ball down low. Avery missed a ton of shots early and then she got a little bit better in the second half.”

Still, Davis said his team needs to work on better passes, especially into his post players.

“We don’t pass the ball when teammates are open and then we’ll wait too long and then pass it,” Davis said. “A couple of times we had Madison try to force it into Avery but all we had to do was kick it to the side to get that girl off Avery so she can get her one-on-one. But instead of making the extra pass we try to force it inside.”

With a small senior class, Davis said he expects a bit of a learning curve as his team tries to capture their fifth SHAC title in a row.

“We’re young with only two seniors,” Davis said. “The rest are juniors and sophomores with one freshman, who’s going to be a good one. But we’ve got a lot to learn still.”

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

This Greenfield ball handler is trapped by a pair of North Adams defenders, Charlee Louden, left, and Brooklyn Wylie, right, during JV scrimmage action from Wednesday night at North Adams High School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_NAHS1.jpgThis Greenfield ball handler is trapped by a pair of North Adams defenders, Charlee Louden, left, and Brooklyn Wylie, right, during JV scrimmage action from Wednesday night at North Adams High School. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

In the varsity scrimmage, freshman Gracie McDowell drives to the basket,getting fouled by a Greenfield defender.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_NAHS2.jpgIn the varsity scrimmage, freshman Gracie McDowell drives to the basket,getting fouled by a Greenfield defender. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

North Adams’ Taylor Wylie goes hard to the basket during Wednesday’s varsity scrimmage with Greenfield McClain.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_NAHS3.jpgNorth Adams’ Taylor Wylie goes hard to the basket during Wednesday’s varsity scrimmage with Greenfield McClain. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

By Charles Grove

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