Peebles celebrates Hometown Christmas Health Department to begin random inspections of septic systems across Adam County Adams County Pound hosts Holiday Open House, Adoption Event Be-Deviled Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain G Leroy Disher William L Ivarson Jr Senior Profile: Braydan Gaffin Senior Profile: Ethan Pennywitt Senior Center spreading Christmas cheer Stout named Administrator of Monarch Meadows Richard Francis Frank B Young William Scaff Gregory A Silvia Jr Davis now the winningest coach in Lady Devils basketball history Clutch plays give Green Devils OT win Eighth grade Greyhounds go on the road, grab 55-41 conference win at Whiteoak Lady Indians can’t hang on, fall to Eastern Brown Indians open up with big Homecoming win Greyhounds drilled by Fairfield in season opener How to sell 94 losses NAES leads local schools represented at PBIS Showcase PHS Beta Club recognized as National School of Distinction MES wins Momentum Award for second year running Fire destroys Winchester business Martha Becraft Cynthia A Sopher Clarys Holliday Basketball Special: 2017-18 Justice girls lead Peebles to win over Felicity Senior Profile: Adison Wright Lady Dragons slain by buzzer-beater Freshmen double-doubles lead Lady Hounds to win in opener County mourns passing of OVSD Board member Tom Reed Peebles man arrested in connection with woman’s disappearance Leaving a written legacy Not really ready to go back to pioneer days Peebles Jr./Sr. High School awarded PBIS Bronze Award North Adams High School named National Beta School of Distinction Operation Christmas Child collects 1,867 boxes Samantha Jameson honored as Young Professional of the Year Youth Deer Season again plagued by bad weather Humane Society hosting Ugly Christmas Sweater contest Dec. 9 Local centenarian celebrates birthday number 100 with family and friends Jerry R Pratt Edward Lykins Jr NAES students focus on spreading kindness Leland P Sautter Kelly B Anderson Dorothy Grooms Sharon D Brumley Anna J Grooms Local student/athletes awarded Wendy’s Heisman Awards Lady Devils JV triumph in opener Senior Profile: Colten Ball Peebles hosts SHAC Boys Preview Lady Devils fall in tough opener Janet A Pedicord Nettie R Fleshman Senior Profile: Sianna Mills North Adams boys ride the ‘3’ train to victory Lady Devils trounce Georgetown Senior Profile: Austin Stamper North Adams’ Williams named OIAAA Administrator of the Year County hoops squads on display in SHAC Girls Preview Going off the grid Michael L Chamblin A newer, kinder county pound takes a more humane approach TAG students are winners at Invention Convention Adams County Florist decks the halls Thomas J Reed Shirley A Stiffler Sharon G Wright Lottie J Meade June R Williams Lions and Cowboys and no Bengals, thankfully Senior Profile: Tyler Horsley North Adams sweeps Manchester Cheer Championships Indians face tough test in first pre-season scrimmage Senior Profile: Abby Faulkner Seas reflects on second state tournament experience NA’s Harper signs to continue hoops career at Rio Grande Hendrickson named Assistant Coach of the Year in Division III girls soccer Take the hint, it’s Thanksgiving time again Small Business Saturday in Adams County Art Council’s newest production will have you ‘laughing through your tears’ North Adams students working to help the homeless Grateful Richard A Graham #SawyerStrong Billy L Smalley With some help from Adams County, Ohio Statehouse now has wheelchair charging station Wenstrup announces re-election campaign Delta Dental provides two local schools with new drinking fountains Ernie McFarland honored by Ohio Bankers League Veterans Day parade, ceremony held in West Union Adams County schools celebrate Veterans Day Being the change November: As Mr. Seas it

Preview Night

It was time to hit the hardwood again and the new gym floor at North Adams High School played host on Friday, Nov. 13 to the annual Southern Hills Athletic Conference Girls Preview Night. Though all of the 10 girls’ squads have been busy practicing and scrimmaging, the preview offered them the first real opportunity to perform in full uniform in front of a large crowd. As is the preview custom, each of the five match ups lasts just two eight-minute periods.

Jumping right into the fire, Jacie Simon, the new head coach of the Manchester Lady Hounds, took her young squad to the floor for the night’s first contest, facing the unenviable task of battling the overwhelming favorite to win the SHAC, the Lynchburg Lady Mustangs. The Lady Hounds are young, as they started three freshman, and that inexperience showed early as numerous turnovers allowed Lynchburg to grab a big early advantage. Give credit to the Lady Hounds, however, as they battled all the way, but the score after two quarters of action saw the Lady Mustangs on top 34-12.

“We had youngsters versus experience out there tonight,” Simon said after the half of action. “We had jitters early and were really nervous and we just didn’t do the little things well like getting back on defense. We didn’t execute very well on offense, sometimes treating the ball like a hot potato, and we need to work on that.”

“Tonight was good for us though to get those jitters out and we need to learn from our mistakes.”

After the Fayetteville Lady Rockets topped the Eastern Lady Warriors 31-14, the next Adams County squad to take the floor was the Peebles Lady Indians, led once again by head coach Vohn Hoop. The Lady Indians came out in their patented 2-3 zone as they battled the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats. Peebles also fields a relatively young squad and welcomed back junior Jessica Sowards from injury, which should be a huge boost to their offense in the upcoming season. The match up on Friday night with the Lady Cats turned out to be an even one, so even that the half ended with the two teams tied at 17 apiece.

“I thought we were aggressive tonight taking the ball to the basket, which is something we have been working on,” Coach Hoop told the Defender. “We didn’t feed the post very well and we missed some shots underneath. We tried a little match up zone tonight to mix it up a little instead of our usual 2-3. I don’t think we played real well on either end tonight but we will get better.”

Next up was the new-look West Union Lady Dragons, another young group led by head coach Jason Claytor, with a roster including nine underclassmen, four of them freshman. The theme of “youth” seems to be prevalent in this year’s SHAC as the Lady Dragons matched up with the Fairfield Lady Lions, a team with just one senior on their roster. When the two quarters came to a close, it was the Lady Dragons leading on the scoreboard 20-15.

“I would give tonight’s performance about a ‘B’,” said Coach Claytor. “We were a little ugly and sloppy at times, but other times we looked good. I think nerves got us a little, especially early, big crowds, bright lights. We didn’t execute as well as I would have liked and we missed some shots that we would normally make.”

“We calmed down a little bit between quarters and scored 16 in the second and let the game come to us a bit. These girls have only been together for like three weeks and we are starting to gel a little, but it’s tough. If you want to win, you have to play together, it’s that simple.”

The Preview Night concluded with the host North Adams Lady Devils and head coach Rob Davis battling the Ripley Lady Jays, two teams with opposite expectations as the season begins, but the Lady Jays certainly held their own against the much taller North Adams squad, trailing just 26-20 as the two quarters came to a close.

“We played better in our last scrimmage and were just kind of OK tonight,” said Coach Davis after the half of play. “We played a lot of younger kids that second quarter, and that should help us get deeper as the season moves on. We have some pretty good post players and our high-low offense should be pretty good, but we have to stay out of foul trouble.”

“We spaced our offense pretty well tonight and made the extra pass at times, which got us good shots. We didn’t show everything we are going to do tonight.”

Basketball fans can get another dose of SHAC action this coming Friday night, Nov. 20, when it is the turn of the conference’s boys teams to see preview action. The boys preview will be hosted by Manchester High School and will include the following matchups: 5 p.m.-North Adams vs. Eastern, 6 p.m.-Fayetteville vs. Ripley, 7 p.m.-Whiteoak vs. West Union, 8 p.m.-Fairfield vs. Lynchburg, and 9 p.m. Manchester vs. Peebles.

West Union’s McKenzie Kirker, right, battles for a rebound as the Lady Dragons faced off with the Fairfield Lady Lions in the annual SHAC preview on Nov. 13.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Preview11.jpgWest Union’s McKenzie Kirker, right, battles for a rebound as the Lady Dragons faced off with the Fairfield Lady Lions in the annual SHAC preview on Nov. 13. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Manchester freshman Josie Campbell strains to find an open teammate, defended by Lynchburg’s Lexi Waits in action from last Friday’s SHAC Preview.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Preview21.jpgManchester freshman Josie Campbell strains to find an open teammate, defended by Lynchburg’s Lexi Waits in action from last Friday’s SHAC Preview. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Peebles; Jessica Sowards goes up for a shot in traffic as the Lady Indians battled Whiteoak in the 2015-16 SHAC Preview on Nov. 13.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Preview31.jpgPeebles; Jessica Sowards goes up for a shot in traffic as the Lady Indians battled Whiteoak in the 2015-16 SHAC Preview on Nov. 13. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
North Adams hosts annual SHAC Girls preview

By Mark Carpenter

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