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

JV Lady Devils take tough loss at Eastern, 25-23

After romping to a 54-point win over Whiteoak in their season opener, Coach Tony Williams and his JV North Adams Lady Devils faced a little tougher foe on Monday, Nov. 30., traveling across county lines to face off with the Eastern Lady Warriors. It turned out to be an ugly evening for the Lady Devils as they committed 26 turnovers and shot just 22% from the field, but still managed to make it a tight contest, falling 25-23 to the Lady Warriors.

The story of the first quarter was the defensive pressure of the home team and the inability of the Lady Devils to handle it and score as the visitors managed just three points, all of them coming on an old-fashioned three-point play by Brooklyn Wylie. The Lady Warriors did their damage from the free throw line in the opening stanza, hitting 6 of 8 attempts on their way to a 10-3 advantage.

In the second period, the North Adams girls showed some life as they stepped up their own half court defensive pressure to get back in the game. Set plays on offense resulted in easy layups for Charlee Louden and Brooklyn Stout and by the halftime intermission, the Lady Devils had cut the Eastern lead to just 13-9.

The North Adams comeback continued after the break as they outscored Eastern 8-6 in the third quarter, narrowing the gap to 19-17 with six minutes of action remaining.

The fourth quarter turned out to be an exciting one, beginning when Wylie tallied another three-point play and then a free throw on the next North Adams possession to give the Lady Devils a 21-19 advantage. Both offenses were blanked for the next three minutes until a basket by Eastern’s Haley Fannin tied the game.

A minute later as the North Adams offense continued to sputter, the Lady Warriors took the lead on a pair of Destinie Rose free throws. Finally, with 1:35 left to play, the Lady Devils found the mark again as an offensive rebound and basket by McKayla Raines evened the scoreboard at 23 all.

After Eastern missed a pair of foul shots on their next offensive trip, the Lady Devils took possession with 30 seconds left and despite two timeouts by Coach Williams, could not come up with a score. In the final 10 seconds, a scramble took place underneath the Eastern basket and the ball eventually went out to Andrea Edminsten, who drained a 16-foot jumper with just 0.3 seconds left. A last second throw-in by the Lady Devils was for naught and the home team escaped with a 25-23 victory.

“We did a good job of digging ourselves out of a pretty deep hole early,” said Coach Williams. “We just have to become more consistent, which I think every team strives for. We have to finish more plays if we want to be successful. I know our girls are ready to get back to practice and work on improving.”

The Lady Devils (1-1) were led in scoring by 10 points from Brooklyn Wylie and 6 from Brooklyn Stout. McKayla Raines added 3 in the loss. Eastern was paced by 7 points from Haley Fannin and 6 from Morgan Reynolds.

NAHS 3 6 8 6 —23

EHS 10 3 6 6 —25

NAHS (23): Wylie 3 4-6 10, Louden 1 0-0 2, Stout 2 2-3 6, Raines 1 1-2 3, Harper 1 0-3 2, 8 7-15 23.

EHS (25): Edminsten 2 0-0 4, Cox 0 1-3 1, Sowers 1 0-0 2, Reynolds 1 4-4 6, Rose 0 2-6 2, Baker 0 1-2 1, Fannin 3 1-4 7, Malott 1 0-0 2, Team 8 9-19 25.

North Adams defenders Adison Wright, left, and Allison Harper, right, put the double team on this Eastern ball handler during JV action from Monday night at Eastern High School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_JVgirls.jpgNorth Adams defenders Adison Wright, left, and Allison Harper, right, put the double team on this Eastern ball handler during JV action from Monday night at Eastern High School. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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