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 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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