Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

Struggles continue for Lady Hounds

The transition to the fourth head coach in four years has not been an easy one thus far in the 2015-16 season for the Manchester Lady Hounds basketball squad as they find themselves sitting at 1-5 for the year after suffering a pair of lopsided losses in the past week.

New head coach Jacie Simon and her troops hosted the much-improved Fairfield Lady Lions in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play on Thursday, Dec. 10 and after keeping the game close early, the Lady Hounds faded fast as visiting Fairfield rode a game-high 26 points from sophomore Grace Shope as they downed their hosts 64-39.

The first quarter of Thursday’s contest was a tight one, with neither team leading by more than four points. Manchester took an early lead on a steal and layup by C.J. Hobbs but the Lady Lions answered with five straight to go up 7-4. The Lady Hounds tied it up at 7 on an offensive put back and then a later free throw by Morgan Johnson but the Lady Lions got the last two buckets of the initial period to take an 11-7 lead and they never looked back.

“Any time you come down here with the long bus ride and all, you never know quite what to expect,” said Fairfield head coach Chad Hamilton in a post game radio interview. “It wasn’t a great first quarter for us but after that we sort of got back on track.”

After a basket by Manchester’s Raeanna Stamm left the home team behind 13-10 with five minutes left in the first half, the Lady Lions went on a big run, outscoring their hosts 12-1 over the next four minutes to open up a big 25-11 advantage. The final basket of the first half belonged to Manchester’s Kylie Lucas, but it was Fairfield leading by 12 at the break.

In the third period, the Fairfield lead stayed right around that 12-point mark until a basket by Shope and another by Blake Adams extended the margin to 42-24. The Lady Lions finished the third quarter on a 9-4 run and led 46-26 heading into the fourth quarter.

With the outcome all but determined, the visitors continued to build their lead in the fourth quarter, getting seven points from Shope in a two-minute span to move in front 60-29. Give credit to the Lady Hounds for being scrappy, though, as they bowed their backs in spite of the big deficit, and went on a 10-1 run, getting three baskets from the senior Johnson and two from Lucas. The scoring ended on an old-fashioned three-point play by Fairfield’s Olivia Bobb as the Lady Lions picked up their fifth win of the year against just two losses, handing the home team a thorough 64-29 defeat.

In the win, Fairfield was led by Shope’s 26-point effort and she was joined in double figures by Adams with 11 and Macey Paulie with 10.

The Lady Hounds placed two players in double figures, led by Johnson’s 16, with Lucas adding 12.

Things got no better on Monday night for the struggling Lady Hounds as they traveled to Fayetteville for another SHAC contest and left Brown County with another thrashing, losing 94-29 to the host Lady Rockets. The Monday night loss left the Lady Hounds at 1-5 on the season, 0-5 already in the SHAC.

Manchester will get a chance to get back on track on Thursday night, Dec. 17 when they will travel to face county rival West Union with a JV tip off set for 6 p.m.

FHS 11 14 21 18 —64

MHS 7 6 13 13 —39

FHS (64); Shope 26, Adams 11, Huff 4, Tate 5, Newkirk 3, Polley 10, Bobb 5

MHS (39): Johnson 16, Lucas 12, White 2, Stamm 5, Hobbs 3, Campbell 1

Manchester senior Morgan Johnson is fouled on this first half shot attempt during play from Dec. 10 as the Lady Hounds battled Fairfield in SHAC action. Johnson led the Lady Hounds with 16 points, but the home team dropped a 64-39 decision to the Lady Lions.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Johnson.jpgManchester senior Morgan Johnson is fouled on this first half shot attempt during play from Dec. 10 as the Lady Hounds battled Fairfield in SHAC action. Johnson led the Lady Hounds with 16 points, but the home team dropped a 64-39 decision to the Lady Lions. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

As she did most of the game, Fairfield’s super sophomore Grace Shope finds her way through the Manchester defense and gets to the rim on her way to a game-high 26 points in the Lady Lions’ 64-39 win last Thursday night.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Shope.jpgAs she did most of the game, Fairfield’s super sophomore Grace Shope finds her way through the Manchester defense and gets to the rim on her way to a game-high 26 points in the Lady Lions’ 64-39 win last Thursday night. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Two lopsided losses drop Manchester to 1-5

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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