Winchester- How an interstate highway changed the face of one small town Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs 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

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

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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