Headed to the District Finals Betty D Cox Michael L Evans Thelma R Stamper Therese A Boerger Lady Indians go down in straight sets to Valley in sectional play Manchester hosts the inaugural Southern Ohio Cheer Challenge NAHS girls claim soccer sectional title Seas siblings are SHAC Cross-Country champions Lady Devils will collect fourth consecutive SHAC gold ball trophy Lady Hounds ousted in sectional tourney opener Peebles Lions Club holding Thanksgiving fund raiser FFA Fruit sales have begun, run until Nov. 18 Historical marker is repaired PES will present ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Eagle Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center Open House showcases new unit PES teacher honored by ACOVSD Board Friends of North Adams Library dedicate new brick Veterans Memorial Senior Profile: Landon Wright Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award

Lady Devils move to Classic finals, downing Manchester 70-37 in semis

Round two of the 2015 McDonald’s Classic took place on Dec. 23 at North Adams High School as the host Lady Devils entertained the Manchester Lady Hounds in semi-final action. It would be a memorable evening for North Adams senior guard Staci Dinsmore, as she turned in a triple-double performance to help lead the Lady Devils to a 70-37 victory, sending them to the Classic title game with the opportunity to defend their crown. The game also counted in the standings of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, chalking up another “W” there for North Adams.

“This was a solid win for us before we get a couple of days off, ” said North Adams head coach Rob Davis. “One of our main goals each season is to win the McDonald’s Holiday Classic. It is such a special event that the Gallowitz family puts together and we are fortunate to get to participate in it.”

As happens quite often with the North Adams girls, their intense defensive pressure makes a difference and it rattled the Lady Hounds early as a Dinsmore steal and layup plus a Grace McDowell three-pointer gave North Adams an early 11-3 advantage. Manchester regained some composure and made it just a two-point game with a quick six-point run as Morgan Johnson converted an old-fashioned three-point play and C.J. Hobbs hit a trey from the top of the key.

North Adams answered with five straight, three of them from Taylor Hesler, before a bucket by the Lady Hounds’ Josie Campbell cut the lead back to 16-11. The first quarter ended on a high note for the Lady Devils as Hesler drilled a three from the corner in the final seconds to give the host team a 19-11 advantage after one.

“Manchester came out and battled hard early and they were able to get a couple of quick buckets on us,” said Coach Davis. “Our girls started to get after it defensively and that led to some transition points and we were able to get rolling.”

Any hopes the Lady Hounds had of keeping the game close ended in the opening minutes of the second quarter as their offense was totally stifled while the North Adams side of the scoreboard continued to grow and grow, as the Lady Devils fired off the first 20 points of the period. Capitalizing on numerous Manchester turnovers, the home team used baskets by Dinsmore, Lakyn Hupp, Madison Jenkins, and Avery Harper to race to a commanding 36-11 lead.

The Lady Hounds did not get on the board in the second quarter until a pair of Johnson free throws at the 4:16 mark. North Adams countered that with baskets by Dinsmore and Maddie Toole made it 40-15. With 2:05 left in the half, Johnson fired in a three for the Lady Hounds, but Toole matched that by banking one home from long distance. The first half ended on a Caitlin Young put back bucket that gave the Lady Devils a 47-18 lead at the break.

The frantic scoring pace slowed down in the third quarter for the Lady Devils as Coach Davis went to his bench frequently, with 11 different Lady Devils logging at least two quarters of action in the scorebook. That number would have been 12 if not for a first quarter injury to senior Taylor Wylie that forced her out of the contest.

In the third stanza, North Adams got two buckets each from Hupp and Harper, while the Lady Hounds got 6 points from Johnson. When the third quarter came to a close, it was still a very comfortable margin in favor of the Lady Devils as they were up 60-28.

In the final wight minutes, Johnson finished up a good night for herself with 6 more points and the Lady Hounds also got a three-pointer from freshman Darrington White. North Adams got baskets from Hupp, Young, Jenkins, and Madee Shipley as they coasted home with their seventh win of the 2015-16 campaign, taking the semi-final match up 70-37.

It was Dinsmore’s triple double leading the way for North Adams, 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 steals on her side of the stat sheet. Lakyn Hupp scored 15, with Avery Harper adding 11 and Taylor Hesler 8 as nine different players scored in the game for the Lady Devils. Harper turned in a double-double night as she hauled in 12 rebounds to go with her 11 points, Caitlin Young also had her best varsity night on the boards, pulling down 8 rebounds.

“Taylor and Staci got us going early and Lakyn had another nice game,” said Coach Davis. “We got great efforts again from Maddie, Avery, and Madison. Caitlin Young played well for us early when we had a little foul trouble. Overall, I was proud of the effort of all 12 of our girls.”

Manchester as paced by 19 points from the always steady Morgan Johnson. who continued her climb to the 1,000 point mark for her career with the Lady Hounds.

With the loss, the Lady Hounds (1-8, 0-7 SHAC) were sent to the McDonald’s Classic consolation game on Dec. 29 where they faced off with the West Union Lady Dragons for the second time this season. West Union took the first match up 50-42 on Dec. 17.

North Adams (7-2, 6-1 SHAC) will be back in the Dec. 30 Classic title game, matching up for the first time this season with the Peebles Lady Indians, a game which will pit two teams with very different styles of play. Tip off for the championship game is set for 6 p.m.

“We know we will have to be at our best on Wednesday night in order to win another Classic championship,” added Coach Davis.

MHS 11 7 10 9 —37

NAHS 19 28 13 10 —70

MHS (37): White 2 0-0 5, Campbell 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 0-1 2, Johnson 5 7-10 19, Hoskins 0 0-1 0, Hobbs 1 2-2 5, Lucas 1 0-2 2, Stamm 1 0-0 2, Team 12 9-16 37.

NAHS (70): Dinsmore 7 2-2 16, Hesler 3 1-2 8, Toole 2 0-0 5, Hupp 7 1-2 15, Shipley 1 0-0 2, Young 2 0-0 4, McDowell 1 0-0 3, Jenkins 3 0-0 6, Avery Harper 4 3-4 11, Team 30 7-10 70.

Three-Point Goals:

MHS- White 1, Johnson 2, Hobbs 1

NAHS- Hesler 1, Toole 1, McDowell 1

North Adams senior Staci Dinsmore’s triple-double effort of 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 steals helped the lady devils move to the 2015 McDonald’s Classic finals with a 70-37 win over the Manchester Lady Hounds.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Dinsmore11.jpgNorth Adams senior Staci Dinsmore’s triple-double effort of 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 steals helped the lady devils move to the 2015 McDonald’s Classic finals with a 70-37 win over the Manchester Lady Hounds. Photo by Patrice Yezzi England

North Adams’ Lakyn Hupp, left, goes with the high arch to get this shot over the defense of Manchester’s Morgan Johnson in action from the Dec. 23 semi-final game of the McDonald’s Classic, won by the Lady Devils 70-37.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Hupp1.jpgNorth Adams’ Lakyn Hupp, left, goes with the high arch to get this shot over the defense of Manchester’s Morgan Johnson in action from the Dec. 23 semi-final game of the McDonald’s Classic, won by the Lady Devils 70-37. Photo by Patrice Yezzi England
Dinsmore’s triple-double leads North Adams

By Mark Carpenter


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