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

Mustangs roll past Manchester 78-48

Perhaps Manchester boys varsity basketball coach Kyle Pertuset summed it up best when discussing the first two games on his team’s 2015-16 schedule. Pertuset referred to the two games as a “buzz saw” as the Greyhounds faced talented and physical Lucasville Valley in their season opener and then game number two matched the Hounds up on their home court with pre-season Southern Hills Athletic Conference favorite Lynchburg-Clay. Neither contest resulted in a Hounds’ victory as their second defeat came at the hands of the Mustangs, 78-48 on Dec. 4 in Manchester.

The first four minutes of the game went just as Coach Pertuset and the Hounds may have wanted it, slow-paced and low scoring with a basket by Cole Pribble at the 4:20 mark giving the home team a 6-5 advantage. But that was to be the high point of the night for the blue and gold as they would not find the bottom of the net for another nine minutes. In that time span, the Mustangs did something nearly unheard of at any level of the game, they scored the next 32 points, a huge 32-0 run that spanned into the second quarter.

The first 19 of those points came in the first period, fueled by a pair of Devin Pierson three-pointers , on his way to a game-high 24 points. The nine minute span was definitely a “buzz saw” for the Greyhounds and when Lynchburg’s Joe Giordano drilled a three at the first quarter horn, that 6-5 Manchester lead had quickly evolved into a 24-6 Lynchburg lead and the Mustangs weren’t done yet.

The second quarter began with the visitors scoring 13 in succession to open up a commanding 37-6 lead. When informed after the game that his team had reeled off 32 straight, Lynchburg head coach Matt Carson had the typical response, “Really? I didn’t realize that.”

The Greyhounds finally got on the scoreboard again, but not until just 2:59 was left in the first half when Sean Frost converted an old-fashioned three-point play. That Frost play lit a spark under the Hounds as they proceeded to finish the first half on a 14-1 run, getting a three-pointer from Colton Thornburg, a bucket from Rickey DeAtley off the bench, and two scores from Bryan Young. By halftime, the home side had whittled down the Lynchburg lead to 38-20 and there was still some faint hope left in Greyhound Land for a miracle comeback.

That hope stayed alive when the third period began with a steal and layup by Thornburg and a Frost free throw, making it a 17-1 run, and cutting the Mustang lead to 38-23, but the visitors had seen enough of that and put the hammer down with a big run of their own, this time outscoring the Hounds 20-3 over the next four minutes to blow the game wide open and taking a 58-26 lead. A basket by Manchester’s Mason Bilyeu broke that Lynchburg string, but by the end of the third quarter, the home team was again staring at a huge deficit, this time 62-32.

The lead swelled even more when Lynchburg’s Christian Inman opened the fourth quarter with a long three and from that point on, it became time for both coaches to substitute freely with the outcome well decided. In that final stanza, the Hounds got points off the bench from Ryan Dryden, Chase Darnell, and Jamie Combs but in the end, it was the Mustangs remaining undefeated and dropping the Greyhounds to 0-2, Lynchburg winning handily 78-48.

The winners were led by the 24 points from the senior Pierson and he was joined in double figures by junior Joe Giordano, who tallied 20. Christian Inman added 9 off the bench with River Mullins and Josh Ahrmann getting 7 apiece.

Manchester placed a pair of players in double figures in the loss, Colton Thornburg and Cole Pribble with 11 points each. Senior Sean Frost added 8 points, with Bryan Young and Rickey DeAtley each chipping in 4.

The Greyhounds and Coach Pertuset returned to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 8, looking for that first win as they hosted the Fairfield Lions in SHAC action. The Hounds will be back at home again for more SHAC play on Friday, Dec. 11, when entertaining the Whiteoak Wildcats.

Lynchburg’s Devin Pierson (23) slices through the Manchester defense and above the outstretched arms of the Hounds’ Cole Pribble for the layup in action from last Friday night’s SHAC match up. Pierson led all scores with 24 points as the Mustangs rolled to a 78-48 win over the host Greyhounds.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Varsity12.jpgLynchburg’s Devin Pierson (23) slices through the Manchester defense and above the outstretched arms of the Hounds’ Cole Pribble for the layup in action from last Friday night’s SHAC match up. Pierson led all scores with 24 points as the Mustangs rolled to a 78-48 win over the host Greyhounds. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Surrounded by Manchseter defenders Jamie Combs (12) and Ryan Dryden, Lynchburg’s Josh Ahrmann goes up for the shot in the Mustang’s 78-48 win over the Hounds.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Varsity22.jpgSurrounded by Manchseter defenders Jamie Combs (12) and Ryan Dryden, Lynchburg’s Josh Ahrmann goes up for the shot in the Mustang’s 78-48 win over the Hounds. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Lynchburg rides 32-0 run to win over Greyhounds

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

Lynchburg 78 Manchester 48

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

LCHS 24 14 24 15 78

MHS 6 14 12 16 48

LCHS (78): Blankenship 1 1-2 3, McLaughlin 3 0-0 6, Mullins 3 1-2 7, Pierson 8 5-6 24, Ahrmann 2 3-9 7, Giordano 6 5-6 20, Inman 4 0-0 9, Stroop 1 0-0 2, Team 28 15-25 78.

MHS (48): Darnell 0 1-2 1, Combs 0 2-2 2, Frost 2 4-7 9, Thornburg 3 4-4 11, Bilyeu 1 0-0 2, Young 2 0-0 4, Cox 1 0-2 2, Pribble 5 3-5 11, Dryden 1 1-3 3, DeAtley 2 0-0 4, Team 17 15-23 48.

Three-Point Goals:

LCHS- Pierson 3, Girodano 3, Inman 1

MHS: Thronburg 1

Reach Mark Carpenter at 937-544-2391 or on Twitter @adamscosports.

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