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2015 ORVC Girls Basketball Jamboree held

Gary Franklin

On Saturday afternoon, October 31, Halloween no less, the ORVC (Ohio River Valley Conference) held the annual presentation of the seven member schools girls varsity basketball teams debuting on the hardwood at Jac-Cen-Del High School. The event pulled a larger crowd than many seasons, likely due to where it was held. No one wants to show too much in their debut; however, just enough to get a taste of what might be on the up and coming season’s challenge ability.

2015-16 ORVC Girls Jamboree - JCD Eagles

The 2015-16 ORVC Girls Jamboree hosting Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles basketball players pictured kneeling front from left include Andrea Smith, Emma Redfern, Alli Borgman, Abby Wagner, Kayla Bowling, Lilly Simon, Baylee Dwenger, Elyse Hunger and Olivia Youngman. Standing are Shelby Garnett, Rosie Newhart, Jordan Day, Hayley Bruns, Mariah Day, Morgen Carroll, Baili Miller, Olivia Voss, Dakota Wolfe and Danielle Engel. Not pictured are Head Lady Eagle Coach Scott Smith, JV Coach Matt McNew along with Coaching Assistants Chad Pindell and Brian Samples.

Jac-Cen-Del vs Switzerland Co.
As host, Coach Scott Smith’s traditionally solid Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles opened first period action against the visiting Switzerland County Lady Pacers, led again in 2015-16 by Coach Ashley Chase Kitts. After a second center court attempt at the toss to start the battle, Lady Eagles Day secured the tip but to a Lady Pacer. Following the Lady Pacers inability to score first, senior Lady Eagle Jordan Day scorched the net with her first three pointer of the season. A free throw connection of two attempted by Lady Pacer senior Kelsi Konkle brought the score to 1-3. Lady Eagle senior Abby Wagner connected on a FG for 5-1. Lady Pacer Brooke Todd countered for 3-5. Todd added a FT of two shot, leading to Lady Eagle junior Kayla Bowling matching with the 1 of two FT connections, 4-6. Sophomore Lady Eagle Morgan Carroll added a FG score for the 8-4 JCD lead. Lady Pacer Todd added a pair of FT connections, 6-8; however, Lady Eagle junior Rosie Newhart countered with a pair of FT connections of her own 10-6. Lady Eagle Jordan Day added two more FT connections, 12-6. With time on the short side, Lady Pacer Konkle scored with a pair of FT shots; however Lady Eagle freshman Mariah Day countered with her sinking of the two offered FT attempts for a final tally of JCD 14-8.

Switzerland Co. vs Madison Shawe
Limited in numbers once again, the Madison Shawe Lady Hilltoppers will field only a varsity squad in the 2015-16 season. A Lady Hilltoppers controlled tip resulted in a SC Lady Pacer Todd FG score, 2-0. Lady Hilltopper freshman Kate Grote’s FG score countered for the tie at two. Lady Pacer Todd connected with her FG/FT combination to put SC up 5-2. Shawe junior Mallory Fagan countered, draining the trey for the 5-5 tie. Lady Pacer Konkle added the FG/FT combo for 8-5, only to find Shawe junior Claire Higgins driving the dust out of the bottom of the net for the 8-8 tie. Lady Pacer Todd connected for one of two FTs awarded, followed by another down town in your face three point connection by Lady Hilltopper Higgins establishing Shawe’s two point edge 11-9. Lady Pacer junior Hope Tankersley drained a three pointer, SC up 12-11. Lady Hilltopper Higgins rises for her third consecutive trey connection, Shawe up 14-12. However, “Never Say Die” Lady Pacer Todd, knotted the score at 14 where the action ended.

South Ripley vs Madison Shawe
The Lady Hilltoppers controlled the opening tip in their onset against the South Ripley Lady Raiders, followed by junior Megg Hensler’s FG score, 2-0.
Lady Raider sophomore Kiley Sparks connected on her FG, missing the FT attempt, for a 2-2 tie. Lady Raider sophomore Toria Tucker added a FG, missing her FT opportunity, resulting in 4-2. Senior Topper Maddie Waller connected for her first points of the day with a FG/FT combo for an additional three point for Shawe. one point 5-4 edge. Lady Raider Sparks answered to gain the 6-5 advantage. Hilltopper Waller connected for a 7-6 edge. Waller added a pair of FT scores to advance the lead to four at 10-6. Lady Raider Mariah Gentile scored a FG for 8-10. Shawe freshman Kate Grote connected on a pair of FT's for the 12-8. Lady Raider senior Taylor Wrightsman connected with a FG for 10-12. Wrightsman’s second consecutive basket knotted the score at 12. Sophomore Lady Topper Ellen Frede connected on one of two FT shots to grasp the lead at 13-12, followed by teammates Waller’s FG and Grote’s one of two FT scores for 16-12, where for the next 51 seconds, no other scoring was added. It was very obvious that the Lady Raiders had minimum basketball preparedness under their belts as every girl on the team was a fall sports participant in either volleyball, soccer or cross country.

South Ripley vs Sw Hanover
The Lady Raider controlled tip resulted in the Lady Rebels scoring first with the three pointer by junior Kelsi Brierly. Lady Raider freshman Morgan Peetz made one of two FT attempts, followed by Lady Rebel 13 FG for a 5-1 edge. Lady Raider sophomore Julia Rea FG narrowed the gap to two, followed by Tuckers FG for the 5-5 tie. SwH 13 added a FG for the lead, only to find Lady Raider Tucker knotting the score at 7 with her FG score. Lady Raider Hannah Schwarte put SR up 8-7 with her one of two FT connection. Teammate Wrightsman shot the bottom out of the net with her three pointer release for 11-7.
SwH 11 scored a FG to draw to within two. Lady Raider Gentile scored a FG followed by an amazingly long range release by sophomore Cameo Hamm’s delivery for the three pointer at the horn, ending in a 16-9 SR winning differential.

Sw Hanover vs Milan
Southwestern and Milan squared off for round six, playing the largest part of the period with numerous assessed fouls, while remaining scoreless.
The Indians scored first from the FT line with one of two connections by sophomore Maddy Roell, 1-0. SwH knotted the score at one and after many more minutes, Lady Indian sophomore Lexi Wert connected on one of two FT shots afforded her for a Milan 2-1 lead. The first FG score came from a SwH Brierly shot for a Lady Rebel lead, 3-2. An Indian Lady Wert FG score with 20 seconds remaining allowed Milan to own the one point edge of 4-3 at period's end.

Milan vs Rising Sun
Senior Lady Shiner Kelsey Romans opened the scoring with a three point connection against Milan. Lady Indian sophomore Baylee Yorn scored a FG, followed by back to back FG scores by Lady Shiners Sierra Webb and Carson Blackwell to a score of 2-7. Continuing, Lady Indian Wert made one of two FT attempts, Lady Shiner Danyka Groover added a FG for 9-3. Lady Indian soph. Maddy Roell@ 6'2" scored a FG, countered by one of two FT scores by Lady Shiner Joanna Rhoades, before a final FG score for Milan by Lady Indian freshman Nicole Tuttle to a final count of 7-10 Rising Sun.

For the Finale, JCD vs Rising Sun
The Lady Shiners controlled the opening tip and little more as the Lady Eagles played to a 21-1 score using multiple players from their bench.

JCD scoring
Fr Lilly Simon 2, 2, 1 5
Jr Kayla Bowling 2, 2 4
Jr Olivia Voss 3 3
Sr Hayley Bruns 2 2
Jr Rosie Newhart 2 2
So Morgan Carroll 2 2 21
RS scoring
Freshman Keira Oser 1

2015-2016 Varsity Girls Coaches of the ORVC teams
JCD: Scott Smith
Milan: Bob Bressert
SR: Kevin Mack
SwH: Marcus Sullivan
RS: Noel Bostic
SC: Ashley Kitts
Shawe: Camile Leach

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