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 Joan Cockrell

Lady Hounds bow out in sectional finals, falling to Fairfield 60-55

Despite a valiant 33-point effort from senior Morgan Johnson in what turned out to be her final game, the Manchester Lady Greyhounds saw their 2015-16 come to an end in a Division IV sectional final game on Feb. 13 at Northwest High School. After upsetting number six seeded Sciotoville East in the opening round, the Lady Hounds faced off with a familiar foe, the Fairfield Lady Lions, in the sectional championship game, a team that had beaten them twice in the regular season.

Despite a furious fourth quarter rally led by the three-point shooting of freshmen McKenzie Smith and Darrington White, the Lady Hounds fell short and were eliminated from the postseason by the Lady Lions by a final score of 60-55.

Though the Lady Lions had won both regular season meetings handily, the Manchester girls had different ideas in this tourney match up. Manchester held a 12-9 lead after one quarter, but saw the Lady Lions rally in the second period with some pinpoint outside shooting to take the lead. Despite Johnson scoring 17 of their 19 first-half points, the Lady Hounds found themselves trailing 28-19 at the half.

A pair of three-point baskets by C.J. Hobbs kept Manchester within striking distance in the third quarter before an 8-0 Fairfield run pushed them out to a 48-33 lead. A Johnson trey ended the third period with the Lady Hounds down 48-36 and time running out on their season.

Trailing 54-43 with just over three minutes to play, Manchester got back to back three-pointers from the two freshmen, White and Smith, to very quickly slice the Fairfield lead down to five. Two free throws by White made it 54-51 Fairfield and when Smith hit another long bomb and then a free throw, the Lady Hounds were down just 56-55 with time running out. After a Fairfield basket, the Hounds had a chance to tie but misfired on a three-point attempt and when the Lady Lions’ Grace Shope nailed two foul shots in the final seconds, Fairfield had escaped the Manchester upset attempt, holding on for the 60-55 win.

Johnson finished out an outstanding four years with the Lady Hounds, racking up 33 points in her career finale, including 14 of 21 from the free throw line. The rest of the Manchester points came from the future of a very young program, with freshmen Darrington White and McKenzie Smith getting 9 and 7 points respectively, and sophomore C. J. Hobbs adding 6.

After struggling for most of the season, Coach Jacie Simon and her Lady Hounds showed vast improvement in the campaign’s final weeks, splitting their final six contests and finishing with an overall record of 4-19.

MHS 12 7 17 19 —55

FHS 9 19 20 12 —60

MHS (55): Johnson 33, Smith 7, White 9, Hobbs 6

FHS (60): Shope 11, Polley 15, Adams 6, Barnes 10, C. Arnold 8, L. Arnold 3, Huff 5, Newkirk 2

Manchester senior Morgan Johnson ended her high school career with a bang, scoring 33 points in her final game, as her Lady Hounds fell 60-55 to Fairfield in the Division IV sectional tournament.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Johnson-2.jpgManchester senior Morgan Johnson ended her high school career with a bang, scoring 33 points in her final game, as her Lady Hounds fell 60-55 to Fairfield in the Division IV sectional tournament. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Freshman McKenzie Smith sparked a Manchester comeback in the fourth quarter against Fairfield, scoring seven points as a Lady Hounds’ rally fell short in a 60-55 loss to the Lady Lions.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Smith.jpgFreshman McKenzie Smith sparked a Manchester comeback in the fourth quarter against Fairfield, scoring seven points as a Lady Hounds’ rally fell short in a 60-55 loss to the Lady Lions. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Johnson scores 33 in final game of career

By Mark Carpenter

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