Pamela M Hampton Former county sheriff celebrates 80th birthday Missing Adams County man is found Lady Hounds fall to Whiteoak in slugfest Calvert’s walk-off gives Hounds 9-8 win over Whiteoak Charles A Benjamin Give My Regards to Broadway Joyce Berry Joe L Easter William E Foster Margaret Belcher John M Cheatham Ronnie Simpson Under new management county hospital is thriving against all odds Historic fairground gazebo demolished One year later, still no arrests in Rhoden family murders There will be trouble in River City! Monna L Fitzgerald Jesse Carrington Janice M Sowards Rhoden family members make plea for tips in Pike Co murders of loved ones Quilting – the art that’s no longer just for Grandma Young is Adams County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Wenstrup recognized as Community Health Advocate Ready, set, go! 25th annual Egg Hunt draws hundreds Applicants needed for Adams County Fair Queen Humane Society encourages responsible animal ownership ACCS holds annual Science Fair Peebles Elementary names March Students of the Month Pierce fires perfect game as Peebles blanks West Union Hunters preparing for 2017 Wild Turkey Season Lady Hounds fall 12-3 at Lynchburg Dragons lose early lead, drop SHAC match up with Fayetteville, 13-6 Senior Profile: Isaiah Anderson Devils roll to big SHAC win at Ripley Despite soggy night, WUHS hosts annual Invitational Meet Celebrities for a night George F Carr Jr Teresa S Hoskins Mary B McClure Richard B Collins Randall D Fetters Former Manchester officer indicted on five counts WUHS student wins state Beta Club Secretary’s seat OVCTC students part of state competition S.R. 73 closed for culvert replacement Peebles Lions Club holds first Easter Egg Hunt Weyrich graduates with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics North Adams Elementary releases Honor Roll for Third grading Period Scholarships available from Jefferson Alumni Olympic athlete speaks at April 6 SAAM event Venture Hawks end their basketball season with a victory at WUHS Devils baseball sweeps doubleheader from Northwest Greyhounds gain SHAC split, split twinbill with East England signs with Rio Grande golf Pierce fans 16, Lady Indians blank Eastern Brown 4-0 Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan Senior Profile: Ryan Dryden Enjoying the view Still a time for celebration Carl R Brown Lena R Staggs Adams County Crews Schedule Culvert Replacement Projects Merlan Shoemaker Dwayne E Thompson Help is on the line! West Union Elementary honors February Students of the Month WUHS hosts 2017 All-County Arts and Music Festival Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak Access Grand Opening set for April 20 Kasich cracks down on opiate-based prescriptions West Union High School students have successful trip to State Beta Convention North Adams Beta Club excels at State Convention ACRMC hosts annual Health Fair Robert H Bushman Senior Profile: Skylar Newman Nine-run inning leads Lady Hounds to run rule win over West Union WUHS foursome breaks school record First county baseball battle goes to the Greyhounds On the road, Lady Indians pick up two more SHAC victories Senior Profile: Christa Williams One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game Esie M Chandler Phyllis Adkins Former Manchester police deputy faces Grand Jury Indictments Cornell tosses no-hitter, Fenton goes deep, Dragons open season with 11-0 SHAC win over Whiteoak New Verizon store opening in West Union Stephen R Palmer Dual culvert replacements for SR 73 Deana P Grooms Tim Phipps Marcella Walker Alvin R Mitchum Senior Profile: Chase Darnell SHAC hoopsters shine at District 14 All-Star Game Greyhounds run rule St. Pat, 15-0 Indians drop SHAC opener West Union hosts early JH Track Meet North Adams student wins state Beta Club President’s seat Anna B Copas Charles A Nelson

Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title

By virtue of their 61-47 win over Fairfield on Feb. 15, the Manchester Lady Greyhounds are the champions of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference Eighth Grade Girls Tournament. Pictured above after the win are: Front row, from left, Braxlynn McClanahan, Kiersten Saunders, Jenna McClanahan, Abby Young, and Karigan Turner; Back row, from left, Head Coach John Kennedy, Gabby Brown, McKenzie Creamer, Emily Sweeney, Sydnie Cox, Brooke Kennedy, Yasmin Lucas, Assistant Coach Jill Kennedy, and Assistant Coach Cheri McClanahan.

Manchester outguns Fairfield 61-47 in championship game –

Story and photos by Mark Carpenter –

Sometimes junior high girls basketball games can be rather uneventful and even hard to watch, but that was most definitely not the case on Wednesday night at Manchester High School.  The Hound Pound was the setting for the championship round of the Southern Hills Athletic Conference girls basketball tournament and the action did nothing to disappoint.  After the seventh grade title game went to overtime with Fairfield defeating Eastern Brown 29-27, the host Lady Hounds took the floor looking for the eighth grade championship, battling the Fairfield Lady Lions.
It was not the match up that many expected to see, but a very entertaining match up to say the least.  Most expected the Lady Hounds to face undefeated North Adams for the third time, but the Lady Lions threw a wrench in those plans when they knocked off the Lady Devils in the semi-final round.  Manchester and Fairfield would be the combatants for the title and they put on a show not often seen in local junior high annals, combining for 108 points in a run and gun, up and down affair that the Lady Hounds led from wire to wire on their way to the eighth grade crown, winning by a final score of 61-47.
“Our kids’ composure was a big key tonight,” said Manchester head coach John Kennedy.  “We had a huge crowd and the atmosphere was as electric as any high school boys game, let alone junior high girls.  With that and the way Fairfield kept coming at us, our girls just kept their cool and responded to a big basket by them with a big basket of our own.  The played with a lot of poise and determination.”
“Another big key was tempo.  The best way to beat a zone is to not let it get set up, so we emphasized running our break and using our press to force some turnovers.”

Manchester’s Emily Sweeney rises above a pair of Fairfield defenders to get off a shot in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s SHAC tournament title game. Sweeney came up big for the Lady Hounds, scoring 18 points as they downed the Lady Lions 61-47.

The first two baskets of the game belonged to Manchester’s Emily Sweeney and Brooke Kennedy and when Fairfield’s Samara Cannon later nailed a three to cut the Lady Hounds’ lead to 6-5, the theme for the night was set as the first half turned out to be a shootout between the above mentioned trio of girls.
Kennedy and Sweeney combined for 17 first quarter points, while Cannon was racking up a trio of three-point goals and a three at the buzzer by Kennedy left the host team up 19-12 after one.
“We had a good idea that they would sit back in a zone in an effort to contain our inside game, so it was critical that we moved the ball well to get some good open looks from the perimeter to free up our shooters,” said Kennedy. “ Abby Young and Karigan Turner did an excellent job of creating space with the dribble to free up Emily and Brooke and they both knocked down some big shots early.  We had 13 assists on our 14 made field goals in the first half.”
The race horse pace continued in the second quarter with another Kennedy trey giving the Hounds a 10-point lead, but Fairfield answering with a 7-0 run.  A Sweeney three extended the Manchester lead to six and when Kennedy went deep again and Turner got a layup in transition, the margin stretched to 32-23.  Back came the Lady Lions with a Cannon trey and a bucket at eh horn by Layla Hattan and the halftime deficit for the Lady Lions was Cut to just four points.
“I thought our defensive effort on Cannon was very important,” said Coach Kennedy.  “Karigan and Brooke has the job of guarding her but our help on her was just as important to keep her out of the paint.  She had 17 at halftime on us but we held her to just five in the second half on 1 for 12 shooting.  She did pass the ball very well and they took advantage of some of our defensive mistakes.”
Fairfield cut the Lady Hounds’ lead to two early in the third period, but the Manchester girls continued to have the answers, getting baskets from Young, Turner, and Sweeney and then a big three-pointer from Braxlynn McClanahan and another from Sweeney to lead 44-36 heading into the final stanza.
“We got some real good minutes out of our bench tonight,” added Kennedy.  “Braxlynn hit that big ‘3’ when Fairfield was making a run and Yasmin Lucas got us some big rebounds and Gabby Brown gave us a good defensive effort.”

Manchester’s Sydnie Cox hauls in one of her 10 rebounds in the Lady Hounds’ 61-47 win over Fairfield.

The game stayed close for most of the fourth quarter, with a Cannon three pulling the Lady Lions within 48-43 with 4:41 to play.  Any hopes of a Fairfield comeback were dashed when Manchester’s Sydnie Cox took over.  Saddled with foul trouble for the first half, Cox came alive late in the game and helped to seal the deal for the Lady Hounds.  Cox scored three baskets in a two-minute span that pushed the Manchester lead back to double digits, part of an 11-0 run that was one final blow the Lady Lions could not recover from as it was time for the Lady Hounds to celebrate an SHAC tourney title, winning by the final score of 61-47.
“Sydnie was huge tonight as she always is,” said Coach Kennedy.  “She controlled the boards when she was in there and when they went man late, we took advantage and she had seven big points that really closed the game out for us.”

In the “W”, the Lady Hounds, who finished 16-2,  placed three players in double figures, led by 18 points apiece from Brooke Kennedy and Emily Sweeney, who shot a combined 56% from the field and combined for four three-point goals.  Karigan Turner scored 10 for the champions, with Sydnie Cox chipping in 7 points and 10 rebounds.  Abby Young also scored 7 for Manchester and dished out 5 assists.
Fairfield was topped by Samara Cannon’s game-high 22 points.
“Winning wasn’t the ultimate goal for our team,” said Kennedy.  “We’ve been together now for eight years and our goal has always been to prepare these girls for high school basketball and to teach them how to play the game.  We wanted to create a winning environment, but not at the expense of improving as individuals and as a team.  We are obviously very pleased with the results of their hard work and we’re looking forward to seeing their contributions to the high school program in the years to come.”

Fairfield
12  16  8  11  –47
Manchester
19  13  12  17  –61

Fairfield (67): Daley 1 0-0 2, Crum 2 0-0 4, Hester 3 3-4 9, Cannon 8 0-0 22, Hattan 5 0-0 10, Team 19 3-4 47.
Manchester (61): Turner 3 2-4 8, Young 3 0-0 7, Kennedy 8 0-0 18, Sweeney 8 0-0 18, Cox 3 1-2 7, McClanahan 1 0-0 3, Team 26 3-6 61.
Three-Point Goals:
Fairfield (6): Cannon 6
Manchester (6): Kennedy 2, Sweeney 2, Young 1, McClanahan 1

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© The People's Defender - All rights reserved