Davis now the winningest coach in Lady Devils basketball history Clutch plays give Green Devils OT win Eighth grade Greyhounds go on the road, grab 55-41 conference win at Whiteoak Lady Indians can’t hang on, fall to Eastern Brown Indians open up with big Homecoming win Greyhounds drilled by Fairfield in season opener How to sell 94 losses NAES leads local schools represented at PBIS Showcase PHS Beta Club recognized as National School of Distinction MES wins Momentum Award for second year running Fire destroys Winchester business Martha Becraft Cynthia A Sopher Clarys Holliday Basketball Special: 2017-18 Justice girls lead Peebles to win over Felicity Senior Profile: Adison Wright Lady Dragons slain by buzzer-beater Freshmen double-doubles lead Lady Hounds to win in opener County mourns passing of OVSD Board member Tom Reed Peebles man arrested in connection with woman’s disappearance Leaving a written legacy Not really ready to go back to pioneer days Peebles Jr./Sr. High School awarded PBIS Bronze Award North Adams High School named National Beta School of Distinction Operation Christmas Child collects 1,867 boxes Samantha Jameson honored as Young Professional of the Year Youth Deer Season again plagued by bad weather Humane Society hosting Ugly Christmas Sweater contest Dec. 9 Local centenarian celebrates birthday number 100 with family and friends Jerry R Pratt Edward Lykins Jr NAES students focus on spreading kindness Leland P Sautter Kelly B Anderson Dorothy Grooms Sharon D Brumley Anna J Grooms Local student/athletes awarded Wendy’s Heisman Awards Lady Devils JV triumph in opener Senior Profile: Colten Ball Peebles hosts SHAC Boys Preview Lady Devils fall in tough opener Janet A Pedicord Nettie R Fleshman Senior Profile: Sianna Mills North Adams boys ride the ‘3’ train to victory Lady Devils trounce Georgetown Senior Profile: Austin Stamper North Adams’ Williams named OIAAA Administrator of the Year County hoops squads on display in SHAC Girls Preview Going off the grid Michael L Chamblin A newer, kinder county pound takes a more humane approach TAG students are winners at Invention Convention Adams County Florist decks the halls Thomas J Reed Shirley A Stiffler Sharon G Wright Lottie J Meade June R Williams Lions and Cowboys and no Bengals, thankfully Senior Profile: Tyler Horsley North Adams sweeps Manchester Cheer Championships Indians face tough test in first pre-season scrimmage Senior Profile: Abby Faulkner Seas reflects on second state tournament experience NA’s Harper signs to continue hoops career at Rio Grande Hendrickson named Assistant Coach of the Year in Division III girls soccer Take the hint, it’s Thanksgiving time again Small Business Saturday in Adams County Art Council’s newest production will have you ‘laughing through your tears’ North Adams students working to help the homeless Grateful Richard A Graham #SawyerStrong Billy L Smalley With some help from Adams County, Ohio Statehouse now has wheelchair charging station Wenstrup announces re-election campaign Delta Dental provides two local schools with new drinking fountains Ernie McFarland honored by Ohio Bankers League Veterans Day parade, ceremony held in West Union Adams County schools celebrate Veterans Day Being the change November: As Mr. Seas it Protecting Ohio seniors from rising healthcare costs It’s November-have some soup and pie SHAC Boys Preview is Nov. 24 at Peebles June Hall Alice B Himes Claudia U Mitchell TRAFFIC ALERT: SR 41 restrictions set for Saturday Jewell Foster Senior Profile: Nicholas Fish SHAC Girls Preview set for Nov. 17 Senior Profile: Lakyn Hupp Again, Lady Devils ousted in district finals ‘Lighting the Serpent’ event is being discontinued Voters favor incumbents at the ballot Arts Council dedicates Buzzardroost Rock mural

Green Devils see winning streak snapped, blow late lead and fall to Fayetteville 46-45

Just when things seemed to be heading in the right direction for the North Adams Green Devils varsity boys basketball squad, along came the Fayetteville Rockets. Riding a four-game winning streak, the Devils hosted the Rockets on Jan. 19, looking to avenge a loss on the Rocket’s home court back on Dec. 18. It looked for three quarters of the Jan. 19 contest as if the North Adams boys were going to exact their revenge, but unfortunately for them a high school game consists of four quarters.

Leading 43-27 heading into the final eight minutes, the Devils suffered the ultimate collapse and were outscored 19-2 by the Rockets as Fayetteville snuck out of town with a huge win in the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, dropping North Adams to 9-5 overall and 6-2 in the SHAC, leaving them in a first place tie in the conference’s small-school division with the Rockets.

The rematch began well for the home team as first quarter three-pointers by Isaiah Anderson, Patrick England, and Justin Knechtly helped the Green Devils grab a 13-7 lead after eight minutes of action. In the second stanza, the Devils went long distance three more times, England and Knechtly again, plus a trey from Ryan Shupert, and the home team took a 25-15 advantage into the halftime break.

In the third quarter, the Devils got three baskets from junior point guard Anderson, another Shupert three, and single buckets from Knechtly, Brandon Gingerich, and the Meade brothers, Trey and Cole. Those 17 points set up North Adams with a seemingly comfortable 43-27 lead as the two sides moved to the final period.

Basketball is a crazy game sometimes, especially at the high school level, and momentum can turn on a dime, and that is most certainly what happened in this contest. After scoring those 17 third quarter points, the Devils were only able to muster a single Trey Meade basket over the final eight minutes. That opened the door for a Fayetteville miracle and on this night, the basketball gods were looking over the Rockets.

Fueled by a pair of Max Lanham three-pointers plus another from Cole Schaeffer, the Rockets blasted off in the fourth quarter, rattling off 19 points to somehow overcome the double digit deficit and pull off the improbable comeback win that pulled them into the first place tie with the Devils in the SHAC.

In the loss, the Green Devils were led by Isaiah Anderson’s 11 points, followed closely by Justin Knechtly. North Adams’ leading scorer, Trey Meade, was held to 6 points, with Patrick England and Ryan Shupert each adding 6.

The victorious Rockets were paced by 18 points from Max Lanham and 12 from Cole Schaeffer.

The two teams combined to fire in 12 three-pointers in the game.

After winter weather forced the cancellation of their Jan. 22 conference game with Fairfield, the Devils face another very tough SHAC challenge this Friday night when they will be on the road at Peebles.

FHS 7 8 12 19 —46

NAHS 13 13 17 2 —45

FHS (46): Dowers 2 1-1 5, Schaeffer 5 1-2 12, Lanham 7 1-2 18, Iles 3 1=2 8, Smyth 1 1-2 3, Team 18 5-9 46.

NAHS (45): Anderson 5 0-1 11, England 2 0-0 6, Shupert 2 0-0 6, Knechtly 4 0-0 10, Gingerich 1 0-1 2, T. Meade 3 0-0 6, C. Meade 2 0-0 4, Team 19 0-2 45.

Three-Point Goals:

FHS- Schaeffer 1, Lanham 3, Iles 1

NAHS- Anderson 1, England 2, Shupert 2, Knechtly 2

North Adams’ Justin Knechtly is surrounded by a pair of Fayetteville defenders during action from the varsity boys contest on Jan. 19 in Seaman. Knechtly scored 10 points in the game, but the Green Devils blew a big lead and lost to the visiting Rockets 46-45.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Knechtly.jpgNorth Adams’ Justin Knechtly is surrounded by a pair of Fayetteville defenders during action from the varsity boys contest on Jan. 19 in Seaman. Knechtly scored 10 points in the game, but the Green Devils blew a big lead and lost to the visiting Rockets 46-45. Photo by Timothy Daulton

North Adams’ Trey Meade extends over the Fayetteville defense for this shot attempt in the Jan. 19 varsity boys contest. Meade, the Devil’s leading scorer, was held to just 6 points as the Rockets turned a huge fourth quarter into a 46-45 road victory.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_ColeMeade-2.jpgNorth Adams’ Trey Meade extends over the Fayetteville defense for this shot attempt in the Jan. 19 varsity boys contest. Meade, the Devil’s leading scorer, was held to just 6 points as the Rockets turned a huge fourth quarter into a 46-45 road victory. Photo by Timothy Daulton
19-2 fourth quarter leads Rockets to win

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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