Green claws Eastern; Redwomen win

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 10, 1999

BEAVER – It was supposed to be an early season showdown.

Friday, December 10, 1999

BEAVER – It was supposed to be an early season showdown. It turned out to be a big knockdown.

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In a battle of Southern Ohio Conference preseason favorites, the Green Lady Bobcats knocked around the Eastern Lady Eagles 63-43 Thursday.

"They were a good team. They lost two starters from last year, but they still had a great effort," Green coach Melissa Brown said. "But we had a great effort, too. We had Courtney (Moore) back and that gave us some depth. That was a big win for us."

Green moved to 3-1 on the season and 3-0 in the SOC. The Lady Bobcats hosts Portsmouth Notre Dame Monday.

Jennifer Cline had a big game with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and six steals to lead Green. Emily Horsely scored 13 and Megan Tackett had 12. Moore grabbed nine rebounds.

"Cline has been having good all-around games. She’s experienced and a junior, so she’s matured into a good player," Brown said.

Eastern, SOC champs last season, was led by Tabby King with 15 points and Cindy League with 13.

The Lady Bobcats established themselves early as Cline scored 7 points the first quarter and Green was up 13-4.

Green erupted for 25 points the second quarter as Horsely scored 9 points and the lead grew to 38-16 by halftime.

Cline and Tackett had 4 points each the third quarter to offset 7 points by Leach and the lead was now 52-29.

Green hosts Portsmouth East Monday in a league game.


Rock Hill 78, Portsmouth 48

PEDRO – Not even Smokey the Bear could put this fire out.

The Rock Hill Redwomen burned the nets early as they built a big lead and rolled past the Portsmouth Lady Trojans 78-48 Thursday.

"We came out the first quarter and played really well. Mandy was on fire," Rock Hill coach Tracy Mullens said. "The girls were ready to play and we made almost everything we threw up."

Mandy McDonie led Rock Hill with 22 points and had six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Bobbi Clark got 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to go with four steals. Michelle Matkins added 10 points as Rock Hill remained unbeaten in four games.

Portsmouth, 3-1, was led by Courtney Clifford with 18 points. Shantey Parker had 10.

McDonie scored 8 points while Jordan Edwards and Clark scored 6 each as Rock Hill jumped in front 25-9 the first quarter.

Clark scored 9 points and McDonie 6 the second quarter as the lead grew to 48-27 by halftime.

McDonie had 8 more points the third quarter as Rock Hill outscored Portsmouth 19-7 to build an insurmountable 67-34 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

"Mandy and Bobby Clark had really good games and we only had two turnovers as a team," said Mullens. "We just played together as a team. We knew we had to stop their post players and control the boards. We knew if we contolled boards we’d win and we did that. Clark had good game offensively and defensively.

"Bobbi had a great game underneath. We played as a team and we played well together. I couldn’t ask for anything more."

Rock Hill plays at Greenup County, Ky., Monday.

Ohio Valley Christian 67, Symmes Valley 48

WILLOW WOOD – It was a case of stop and go.

The offense was on the go but the defense couldn’t come up with the right number of stops as the Ohio Valley Christian Lady Defenders beat the Symmes Valley Lady Vikings 67-48 Thursday.

"We need to get our defense going. We’ve been consistent on offense, but we need to get (the defense) going," Lady Vikings coach Rob Bess said.

Alisa Zirille scored 19 points to lead four OVC players in double figures. Tissa Haggerty netted 15 while Abby Meyh and Chelsea Gooch had 12 each.

Keren Bell topped the Lady Vikings with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists. Rebecca Mount grabbed 10 rebounds and Holly Wilson had three steals.

OVC took a 16-11 lead the first quarter and extended the difference to 32-22 by halftime. Bell scored 7 points the third quarter but Symmes Valley slipped further behind at 50-35.

Symmes Valley, 1-2, plays at Portsmouth Notre Dame Monday in a Southern Ohio Conference game.