Lady Devils sharpen hardwood skills in Monday league –
By Mark Carpenter –
Monday nights are usually more noted for what happens there in the fall and winter, but in the summer Mondays are another time for local girls basketball squads to sharpen their skills, a group that includes Coach Rob Davis and his North Adams Lady Devils. The North Adams varsity girls have a lot of gaps to fill after some big graduation losses and their participation in the local Monday Night Summer League is a good chance for Coach Davis to evaluate his new look squad for 2018-19.
“We’re going to have some growing pains because we are going to be a lot younger,” said Coach Davis on Monday night. “Overall, we’ve done some things well this summer but our biggest thing will be just getting some confidence. They’re all a little nervous but in the end I think we will be okay.”
The Monday Night girls league takes place in four different high schools for four consecutive Monday nights and it began on June 4 with the Lady Devils on their home court, wining two times, topping East Clinton 54-34 and Ripley 57-20. The format of the league is two 20-minute halves with a running clock.
On Monday, June 11, the Lady Devils traveled to Western Brown High School in Mt. Orab for two more match ups, first with the host Lady Broncos, then with Clinton Massie.
With a trio of possible starters absent as they faced off with the Lady Broncos, the North Adams girls grabbed a halftime lead of 17-14, getting a pair of old-fashioned three-point plays from Grace McDowell and another from Carolyn Shupert. Western Brown rallied in the second half and tied the game at 27 apiece with 6:47 to play, but that was the final points that the home team scored as the Lady Devils finished the game on a 7-0 run, getting buckets from McDowell, Braylie Jones, and Karissa Buttelwerth, plus a Mary Sonner free throw to secure a 34-27 victory.
North Adams then made the trip down the hall to the junior high gymnasium for their second game, maybe with a bit of fatigue setting in as they battled the Clinton Massie Lady Falcons. A Jones three-pointer and a basket by Shupert gave the Lady Devils a quick 5-0 advantage and after the Lady Falcons rallied to take the lead, three-point goals by McDowell, Shupert, and Jones put North Adams up 22-17 at the intermission.
The Lady Devils then took control for good by opening up the second half on an 8-0 run and were able to hold on to sweep the two games in Brown County, topping Clinton Massie by a final score of 34-27.
“We’ve had some girls playing well, such as Karissa Buttelwerth,” added Davis. “I will probably play about eight kids at the varsity level, and five of them might be sophomores. We are going to have to find a real vocal leader and we don’t have that right now.
Next Monday, June 18, the Lady Devils will be back on their home floor, facing Hillsboro at 6 p.m. and Williamsburg at 8 p.m. The final night of play is Monday, June 25 and North Adams will be at Blanchester, facing the host squad at 6 p.m. and then Whiteoak at 7 p.m.