Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

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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