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 WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire Joan Cockrell

Dragons lose big to Lynchburg

The preseason favorites in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, the Lynchburg Clay Mustangs, continued their path of destruction through teams in Adams County on Tuesday, Dec. 8 as they played host to the West Union Dragons. The Mustangs, fresh off a 78-48 thrashing of Manchester the previous Friday night, were dominant again on Tuesday night on their home court as they led from start to finish in handing the still winless Dragons an 82-49 defeat.

“There is a reason Lynchburg was picked to win the conference, they’re that good,” said West Union head coach Josh White. “We didn’t handle the ball well and we didn’t rebound well and when you do that against a good team, they make you pay for it.”

“Lynchburg made us pay for it tonight.”

The Mustangs came out of the gate quickly, jumping out to a 12-2 lead. The offensive onslaught for the home team continued and by the end of the first quarter they had things well in hand, leading 29-8.

In the second period, the Dragons got a pair of three-pointers, one by D.J. Welch and another by Garrett Vogler, but a basket by Jared Fenton was their only other score in the eight-minute span. Meanwhile, the Mustangs continued to roll, getting four baskets from junior River Mullins to extend their lead to 47-16 at the intermission.

The West Union offense made a much better showing after the break, scoring more points in third quarter than they had in the entire first half. Three-pointers by Vogler and Craig Horton, and two baskets each from J.J. Kramer and Andrew Weeks fueled the Dragons who made some progress and were only outscored 21-17 in the third, trailing now 68-33.

Though far from any chance of victory, the Dragons spread the wealth in the final period, with six different players denting the scoring column. The damage from beyond the arc continued as West Union got three-point goals from Horton and Eli Fuller, plus two more buckets from Kramer and outscored the Mustangs, who used their bench liberally in the final eight minutes, 16-14. leaving the final score at 82-49 in favor of the now 4-0 Mustangs.

The unbeaten Mustangs were led in scoring by Mullins, who tallied 18 points, and also got double figure efforts from Eric McLaughlin (11), Devin Pierson (11), and Joe Giordano (10). Twelve different players on the Lynchburg roster scored in the game.

West Union did not get anyone in double figures, but they had four players score 8 points each-D.J. Welch, Garrett Vogler, J.J.Kramer, and Craig Horton. Eli Fuller added 6. The Dragons also drilled 7 three-pointers in the loss.

Still looking for that first win of the 2015-16 campaign, the Dragons (0-4) will be back on their home court on Friday , Dec. 11, when they will host county rival North Adams in SHAC action before what should be a full house. West Union will come right back on Saturday afternoon and board the bus for a road game at New Boston.

WUHS 8 8 17 16 —49

LCHS 29 18 21 14 —82

WUHS (49): Welch 3 0-0 8, Fuller 2 1-2 6, Vogler 2 2-3 8, McCarty 1 0-0 2, Kramer 4 0-0 8, Horton 3 0-0 8, Weeks 2 0-0 4, Fenton 2 1-2 5, Team 19 4-7 49.

LCHS (82): Goble 2 1-2 5, Blankenship 0 4-4 4, Storer 1 0-0 2, McLaughlin 5 0-0 11, Scott 1 0-0 2, Barton 1 0-0 3, Mullins 8 2-2 18, Pierson 4 3-4 11, Ahrmann 2 1-4 5, Giordano 5 0-0 10, Ryan 1 1-2 3, Inman 4 0-0 8, Team 34 12-18 82.

Three-Point Goals:

WUHS- Welch 2, Fuller 1, Vogler 2, Horton 2

LCHS- McLaughlin 1, Barton 1

Sophomore Garrett Vogler was one of four West Union players to score 8 points in the Dragons’ loss at Lynchburg on Dec. 8. Garrett Vogler was one of four West Union players to score 8 points in the Dragons’ loss at Lynchburg on Dec. 8. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Mustangs 82 Dragons 49

By Mark Carpenter

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

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