North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam

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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