One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee Venture Hawks and Sheriff’s Department square off on Feb. 12 Cecil R Dupree Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week Star Wars costume exhibition coming to Museum Center

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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