Osgood Journal Sports
January 30, 2007

"When they're hot, they're hot"
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor

On Thursday night, January 25, the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles settled in for battle against ORVC opponent, the Southwestern Lady Rebels. The Eagles' nest was rocking with excitement as the two heavyweights met for the showdown. Both teams were at 4-0 for the ORVC season and the winner would likely take the 2007 championship title.
At the onset of the game JCD ranked #8 in Class 1A, while SWH was holding a #2 ranking in Class 2A. With much to gain or lose, the varsity Lady Eagles took the contest 53-52.
The incredible game included ties at 2, 4, 6, and 13, to end the first quarter's action. The Lady Rebels advanced their cause to a 9 point edge at 26-17 near the 4 minute mark of the second quarter, before the Lady Eagles closed the gap to 4 at the half time horn, 25-29.
The Lady Eagles managed to cut their deficit to just 1 at the end of the 3rd quarter at 36-37. Senior Lady Eagles Emily Einhaus' scoring of a FG drew the Lady Eagles to within 1 at 34-35, and Erika Simon put them on top by 1 at 36-35 with her field goal. The Lady Rebels scored to end the quarter back on top at 37-36.
An exciting fourth quarter warranted ties at 40, 42, and 50, with Lady Eagle junior Kiersten Young connecting on 1 of 2 FT attempts, to regain the lead at 51-50 with just 13.8 seconds remaining in the game.
The Lady Rebels immediately called a time out. Upon resumption of play, with 8.7 seconds remaining, Lady Rebel Devin Brierly dribbled across the half-court line. In her attempt to gain momentum to drive to the basket, she tripped on her own feet and fell, losing possession of the basketball.
Just the break the Lady Eagles needed, but the far official some 50 feet away anticipated a foul on the Lady Eagles and put Brierly on the line for 2. Brierly scored the pair to give the Lady Rebels the lead at 52-51, with only 8.7 seconds left for the Lady Eagles to recover.
Senior Lady Eagle Abby Rohlfing inbounded the ball to senior Abby Lauber. Lauber drove the length of the court to take a bunny shot from 5 feet for a 1 point JCD victory. Only 4 tenths of a second remained on the score board clock. Victory was secured by the Lady Eagles at 53-52.
Ironically, senior Abby Lauber had made arrangements earlier in the week to sign her Letter of Admission Acceptance to Hanover College on Friday, January 26. Lauber plans to continue her sports aspirations as a Hanover College Lady Panther - "Do cats and birds mix?"
Lady Eagle scoring 53
Emily Einhaus 14
Erika Simon 12
Abby Lauber 10
Abby Rohlfing 10
Kiersten Young 5
Kaylin Ploeger 2
D/N score- Valorie Wagner, Kara Harlemert, and Kristen Hicks.
Carissa Simon- sick
DNP- Ciara Bonnlander, Alyanna Newhart, and Jessica Comer.
Lady Rebel scoring 52
Jessie Oliver 15
Sarah Roth 13
Kendall Withered 11
Devin Brierly 6
Sonja Bowyer 4
Gabrielle Neher 2
Haley Gray 1
DN score- Judy Ellis, Danielle Clark, Brittany Gavelek, Lydia Osborne, Katie McKinley, and Hannah Hardy
Quarter scoring:
1. JCD 13-13 SWH
2. JCD 25-29 SWH
3. JCD 36-37 SWH
Final *JCD 53-52 SWH
The Lady Eagle reserve also won 50-49 after an overtime period.

Pictured front, from left are Amy (mother), Abby, and Bill (father). Standing are JCD Lady Eagle Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach Scott Smith and JCDHS Athletic Director Mark Meyer. The group witnessed Abby's signing of her Letter of Admission Acceptance held at the JCDHS Library on Friday, January 26, at noon.



Lady Raider seniors' smiles spell relief
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor

Fans gathered to honor the South Ripley Lady Raider basketball seniors as they celebrated their last home game at SRHS on Thursday, January 25. The Lady Raider competition was against ORVC rival, Switzerland County Lady Pacers. The Lady Pacers pulled off the varsity win by the score of 42-36.
About the seniors:
Abbey is the daughter of Tracy and Shirley Lemon.
Beth is the daughter of Mike and Janine Stratton.
Ashley is the daughter of Gary and Pam Thomas.
Ciara is the daughter of Artie and Connie McGuire.
The ladies and their parents were acknowledged for their positive support and dedication to South Ripley schools and sports. They will surely be missed in many aspects of South Ripley activities.
Reserve action
SR 34-27 SC
The Lady Raider reserve won their match 34-27 over the Lady Pacers. Lady Raider sophomore Katie Polly scored 15 to lead the SR reserve team. SR freshmen collected the ret of the Lady Raider reserve scoring. Rachel Yocum had 8, Sarah Webster 6, Kyla Sexton and Lakin Davis each added 4. The Lady Raiders held the high score for SC to only 6 points.

Pictured from left are Lady Raider senior basketball players Abbey Lemon, Beth Stratton, Ashley Thomas, and Ciara McGuire.