Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS 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

For second time in five days, Lady Devils triumph over Peebles

It was a match up on Monday, Jan. 4 at North Adams High School that had a very familiar look to it, in fact, the very same look of just five days earlier. After facing off on Dec. 30 on the very same floor in the title game of the McDonald’s Holiday Classic, the North Adams Lady Devils and the Peebles Lady Indians were back at it again on Monday evening, beginning the New Year with a a Southern Hills Athletic Conference battle.

This game was both different and similar to the two teams’ earlier game. In the first meeting, the Lady Indians stayed close for a quarter before a 26-2 North Adams run blew the game wide open, but on Monday the Lady Devils took control early, leading 13-2 after the first quarter and never looking back. The two games were similar in that the difference was again the defensive pressure of North Adams, as they again forced numerous Peebles turnovers and turned them into points.

“It’s pretty tough to play the same team five days later,” said North Adams head coach Rob Davis. “There’s not much time to change anything that you do.”

“It was still a solid win for us to start the new year.”

The game was deadlocked at 2-2 two minutes in, but the Lady Indians were held without a field goal in the initial eight minutes of play, getting just two Jessica Sowards free throws. After the early tie, the Lady Devils broke things open with a basket by Madison Jenkins, a steal and score by Taylor Hesler, a bucket by Lakyn Hupp, and a three off the right wing by freshman Grace McDowell. A pair of McDowell free throws capped an 11-0 North Adams run to end the first period and put the home team in front 13-2.

That run extended to 13-0 when Hupp scored on an offensive put back to begin the second quarter and the Lady Indians finally got their first field goal of the game when McKinlee Ryan drilled a three-pointer out of the corner that made it 15-5. That Ryan trey only set the stage for the Lady Devils to take off on another run, this time the home team reeling off the game’s next 10 points, beginning with a score on the inside from Avery Harper, followed by a put back by Staci Dinsmore, a nice baseline drive and score from Hupp, and then an acrobatic, twisting jumper by Dinsmore.

The run was again finished off with a pair of McDowell foul shots and North Adams held a commanding 25-5 advantage. The final basket of the first half was another Ryan three and the two sides went to the break with North Adams up by 17.

The lead continued to swell in the third stanza as the North Adams defense held Peebles to just two baskets, both of them three-pointers by Sowards. In the meantime, the Lady Devils were getting two more baskets from both Dinsmore and Hupp to outscore the Lady Indians 15-6 and lead 40-14 after three quarters.

The big fourth period lead gave Coach Davis the opportunity to substitute freely and he gave a number of JV players some varsity time. The Lady Devils did a little long distance target practice in the final quarter, getting three-pointers from McDowell, Madee Shipley, and Caitlin Young. Peebles got a pair of baskets from Jerilin Toller but for the second time in a week, the North Adams girls picked up a “W” over Peebles, this time by a final count of 53-24.

In the win, the Lady Devils (9-2, 7-1 SHAC), were paced by two players in double figures, with both Grace McDowell and Lakyn Hupp notching 12 points in the book. Avery Harper scored 7 with Staci Dinsmore and Taylor Hesler adding 6 each.

Dinsmore also led the team with 8 rebounds, while Hesler adding 5 steals on the defensive side.

PHS- 2 6 6 10 —24

NAHS 13 12 15 13 —53

PHS (24): J. Toller 2 0-0 4, K. Toller 1 1-2 3, Sowards 3 2-2 11, Ryan 2 0-2 6, Team 8 3-6 24.

NAHS (53): Dinsmore 3 0-0 6, Hesler 3 0-0 6, Hupp 6 0-0 12, Shipley 1 0-0 3, Young 1 0-0 3, McDowell 3 4-4 12, Jenkins 2 0-3 4, Harper 3 1-4 7, Team 22 5-11 53.

Three-Point Goals:

PHS- Sowards 3, Ryan 2

NAHS_ Shipley 1, Young 1, McDowell 2

Peebles (4-8, 3-4 SHAC) was led by 11 points from Jessica Sowards and 6 from McKinlee Ryan.

North Adams’ Grace McDowell, left, and Peebles’ Kylie Sims battle for rebounding position during first half action from Monday night’s varsity girls contest. McDowell scored 12 points to help the Lady Devils to their second win over Peebles in five days by a final score of 53-24.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Varsity1.jpgNorth Adams’ Grace McDowell, left, and Peebles’ Kylie Sims battle for rebounding position during first half action from Monday night’s varsity girls contest. McDowell scored 12 points to help the Lady Devils to their second win over Peebles in five days by a final score of 53-24. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Peebles freshman McKenzie Swango, left, hauls down a rebound in action from Monday night’s varsity girls action at North Adams.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Varsity2.jpgPeebles freshman McKenzie Swango, left, hauls down a rebound in action from Monday night’s varsity girls action at North Adams. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Peebles’ Kaitlin Toller (21), far right, fires off an off-balance three-point attempt over two North Adams defenders in the Lady Indians’ 53-24 loss to the Lady Devils on Jan. 4.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Varsity3.jpgPeebles’ Kaitlin Toller (21), far right, fires off an off-balance three-point attempt over two North Adams defenders in the Lady Indians’ 53-24 loss to the Lady Devils on Jan. 4. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
McDowell, Hupp lead North Adams to 9th win

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.con

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

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