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

JH Lady Hounds win tourney opener

After earlier in the week sewing up the small school division championship of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference, Coach John Kennedy and his Manchester eighth grade girls basketball squad opened up conference tournament play on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Fayetteville High School. Facing the Lady Hounds were the Eastern Lady Warriors, hungry for an upset with a berth in the tournament semi-finals on the table.

After an offensively challenged first half, the two teams opened up in the final two quarters and it was the Lady Hounds who held off an Eastern comeback to claim their 10th win of the season, 28-22, a win that moved them to the SHAC semi-final round.

“It wasn’t pretty by any means, but at this point it’s about winning and advancing,” said Coach Kennedy. “Give Eastern Brown their credit, their kids played hard and made our girls earn it. It was a typical tough SHAC game.”

Neither team had any luck on offense in the opening six minutes, combining for just two baskets, one by Manchester’s Brooke Kennedy and the other by Eastern’s Emily Fannin, leaving a not-too-thrilling 2-2 tie after the first period.

The Lady Hounds took the lead on their first possession of the second quarter on an offensive rebound and score by Madison Jones and they never gave it up. After an Eastern free throw, Manchester got a nice baseline drive and score from Jones and a pair of Karigan Turner free throws to open up an 8-3 advantage. The final basket of the first half came at the 2:24 mark of the second period by Eastern’s Camryn Pickerill and that send the two teams to the locker room with the Lady Hounds on top by three.

A basket by Pickerill on the first Lady Warrior possession of the second half cut the Manchester lead to one, but the Lady Hounds had an answer in the form of a 9-0 run, getting a three-pointer from Braxlynn McClanahan, a basket and a free throw from Turner, and then capped by a three from Abby Young and the blue and gold had opened up a double digit lead.

The Lady Warriors didn’t fold then, however, as they battled back with buckets by Maggie Dorsey and Juanita Frost, sandwiched around a basket by Manchester’s Taylor Morrison, and then a three-pointer at the buzzer from the top of the key by Pickerill gave hope to the underdogs as they closed to within 21-14 heading into the final period of action.

Eastern got even closer when they opened the fourth quarter on a 5-1 run to make it 22-19 with 2:21 to play. The Lady Hounds got two more free throws from Turner before she fouled out with 1:54 to go. Manchester pushed the led to four on a free throw by Jones and then perhaps the biggest shot of the night came from the Hounds’ Emily Sweeney as she drilled a three-pointer from the right wing with 1:29 to play that extended the lead out to 28-19.

Those were the last Manchester points of the afternoon but all the Lady Warriors could muster in the final minute were three free throws from Pickerill as time expired with the Lady Hounds on top 28-22 and celebrating a move forward in the SHAC tournament.

That move takes them to a semi-final match up on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m., where they will the Fairfield Lady Lions, who upset Peebles on Saturday to move on. The SHAC semi will take place on the hardwood of Fairfield Junior High School.

In the quarter final win, the Lady Hounds, who are mostly seventh graders playing in the eighth grade league, were led by 7 points apiece from Madison Jones and Karigan Turner (5 for 6 from the foul line), with Abby Young, Emily Sweeney, and Braxlynn McClanahan all adding as they each fired in a three-point goal.

In the loss, Eastern was paced by 11 points from Camryn Pickerill.

EJH 2 3 9 8 —22

MJH 2 6 13 7 —28

EJH (22): Pickerill 4 4-7 11, Frost 1 0-2 2, Dorsey 2 0-0 4, Fannin 1 1-2 3, Team 8 5-11 22.

MJH (29): Turner 1 5-6 7, Young 1 0-0 3, Jones 3 1-2 7, Lucas 0 1-2 1, Kennedy 1 0-0 2, Morrison 1 0-0 2, Sweeney 1 0-0 3, McClanahan 1 0-0 3, Team 9 7-9 28.

Three-Point Goals:

EJH- Pickerill 1

MJH- Young 1, Sweeney 1, McClanahan 1

Manchester’s Madison Jones manuevers around the defense of Eastern’s Ashlee Minnix during action from last weekend’s SHAC tournament game played in Fayetteville. Jones scored 7 points in the 28-22 win for the Lady Hounds that sent them to the semi-finals of the conference tourney.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_MJHgirls.jpgManchester’s Madison Jones manuevers around the defense of Eastern’s Ashlee Minnix during action from last weekend’s SHAC tournament game played in Fayetteville. Jones scored 7 points in the 28-22 win for the Lady Hounds that sent them to the semi-finals of the conference tourney. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Manchester tops Eastern Brown in quarters

By Mark Carpenter

mcarpenter@civitasmedia.com

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