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 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

Lady Dragons top Manchester 50-42

It was an all-county battle on Thursday, Dec. 17 at West Union High School as the Lady Dragons hosted the Lady Hounds of Manchester in Southern Hills Athletic Conference action. Both teams were looking to bounce back from bad defeats as the Lady Dragons had played very poorly in a loss at Ripley while the Lady Hounds had suffered a drubbing at the hands of Fayetteville. For Manchester, the situation was even more critical as Coach Jacie Simon had only eight healthy players dressed for the varsity game and after a concussion, two girls fouling out, and another running out of quarters,played the final 2:22 with just four players on the court.

For West Union head coach Jason Claytor, it was a hard-earned victory over an expected tough opponent, though an ugly game in some respects as the two teams combined for 48 turnovers, 31 of those from the Manchester side.

”It’s Manchester-West Union so you know it’s going to be tough,” said Claytor. “I told our girls coming in that they don’t want to lose to you, it doesn’t matter what the records are. The Manchester kids played their tails off tonight.”

“We have talked over and over to our girls about being resilient,” said Coach Simon. “We are pleased with the resiliency and effort we got tonight after we could have easily left our shoulders drooped from Monday night. We have battled injuries and illness since early November. I am hoping the holiday break will give some of our girls a chance to recuperate.”

“We had some kids step up tonight and we are continuing to develop more depth as the season progresses. Our seniors play a bunch and play well and our young kids are starting to understand what we want them to do.”

The game began on a very high note for the visiting Lady Hounds as they came out and scored on their first three possessions to take a quick 6-2 lead. West Union bounced back with two free throws from Mikayla Akers and a basket by Alexa Pennington to tie the game at the 5:37 mark of the first quarter. A nice scoop shot in the lane by Morgan Johnson gave the lead back to the Lady Hounds and after a Darrington White free throw and a basket by Raeanna Stamm, Manchester was up 11-6.

The Lady Dragons got baskets from Pennington and Kristen Grooms to close the gap to one, but the first period ended with a basket by Manchester’s C.J. Hobbs and a 13-10 lead for the Lady Hounds.

Early in the second quarter, the two sides traded baskets “and ones,” Johnson for Manchester and Akers for West Union. Another bucket by Pennington tied the score at 16 and was the beginning of a 5-0 run, capped by a score from Jaycee Baldwin. With the Lady Dragons up 21-17, Manchester went downtown to take back the lead, getting back to back three-pointers from Johnson and Hobbs.

The back and forth trend continued as two Akers free throws tied the score at 23 and a basket by Grooms put West Union back in front. The exciting first half concluded appropriately when Hobbs drilled a three off the right win with 25 second left, sending the Lady Hounds to the locker room with a 26-25 lead.

After the 51-point first half, the third quarter was certainly not a lesson in offensive efficiency as the two teams combined for a grand total of 9 points. A basket by Manchester’s Josie Campbell began the quarter and the Dragons answered with a free throw and score from Kendall Gallowitz to tie the game for the fourth time. Another score by Baldwin gave West Union the advantage but a basket by the Hounds’ Kylie Lucas with 41 seconds left in the third period tied it for the fifth time and sent the two teams to the fourth quarter with the outcome still seriously in doubt.

Looking to grab the momentum, the Lady Dragons roared ahead in the fourth quarter, scoring on their first three possessions in a 7-0 run. A three-pointer by Grooms began the run and scores by Kiersten Rowe and Pennington gave the home team a 37-30 lead just a minute into the period. Coach Simon used a timeout and it worked as the Lady Hounds answered with two Hobbs free throws and another three-point play by Johnson to pull back within two.

Back came the Lady Dragons to score five of the game’s next seven points, but a pair of Lucas free throws kept Manchester within striking distance. With 3:07 left, the “numbers” problems began for the Lady Hounds when Lucas picked up her fifth foul. Baldwin hit both ensuing free throws to put West Union up 44-39 and just moments later, Manchester was down to four available players as Hobbs picked up her fifth personal. Grooms hit one of two free throws and when the Lady Dragons got the ball back after a Manchester miss, Coach Claytor decided to take the air out and wind down the clock.

In the final two minutes, West Union got free throws from McKenzie Kirker, two from Akers, and two more from Shannon Runyan to hang on tho their lead and eventually post the 50-42 victory.

The victorious Lady Dragons, who improved to 4-4 on the season (1-4 SHAC), were led in scoring by 13 points off the bench by freshman Jaycee Baldwin. Mikayla Akers scored 11, getting just one field goal, but nailing 9 of 11 from the charity stripe. Kristen Grooms and Alexa Pennington scored 8 points apiece for the winners.

Manchester, who fell to 1—6 on the season (0-6 SHAC), was led in scoring by steady senior Morgan Johnson, who tallied 14 points. Joining Johnson in double figures was sophomore C.J. Hobbs, who put up 10, with Kylie Lucas adding 8.

The Lady Hounds fell to 1-7 on Saturday, Dec. 19 when they dropped a 54-37 decision at Williamsburg.

Both teams now direct their attention to the 2015 McDonald’s Classic, where the Lady Dragons were in action first, facing the Peebles Lady Indians, looking to avenge a Dec. 3 loss, in semi-final action on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The Manchester girls will be in action tonight (Dec. 23) facing off with the North Adams Lady Devils. Both of these contests will be played at North Adams High School with 6 p.m. tip off times.

“The Classic is such an unbelievable atmosphere,” said Coach Claytor. “We play in front of probably the biggest crowds we play in front of all year so all those people get to see the hard work the girls put in. We know what happened last time we played Peebles so we have some motivation.”

Manchester’s C.J. Hobbs, center, dribbles out of traffic during varsity girls action on Dec. 17 in West Union. Hobbs had a nice game, scoring 10 points, but the Lady Hounds feel to the host Lady Dragons 50-42.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_VarsityGirls1.jpgManchester’s C.J. Hobbs, center, dribbles out of traffic during varsity girls action on Dec. 17 in West Union. Hobbs had a nice game, scoring 10 points, but the Lady Hounds feel to the host Lady Dragons 50-42. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

West Union’s Kristen Grooms, left, and Manchester’s Kylie Lucas battle for a loose ball in action from last Thursday’s varsity girls game, won by the Lady Dragons 50-42.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_VarsityGirls2.jpgWest Union’s Kristen Grooms, left, and Manchester’s Kylie Lucas battle for a loose ball in action from last Thursday’s varsity girls game, won by the Lady Dragons 50-42. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
20-12 fourth quarter propels West Union

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

West Union 50 Manchester 42

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

MHS 13 13 4 12 42

WUHS 10 15 5 20 50

MHS (42): White 1 2-4 4, Campbell 1 0-0 2, Johnson 5 3-4 14, Hobbs 3 2-2 10, Lucas 3 2-6 8, Stamm 2 0-0 4, Team 15 9-16 42.

WUHS (50): Runyan 0 2-2 2, Welch 0 0-1 0, Baldwin 4 5-8 13, Akers 1 9-11 11, Kirker 0 1-2 1, Rowe 1 0-0 2, Grooms 3 1-4 8, Gallowitz 2 1-2 5, Pennington 4 0-0 8, Team 15 19-30 50.

Three-Point Goals:

MHS-Johnson 1, Hobbs 2

WUHS- Grooms 1

JV Score: West Union 51 Manchester 26

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

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