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Prep girls basketball: Ferrell leads ‘inspired’ Wildcats past Badin
 Layne Ferrell didn’t have the time or the mind-set for pain Tuesday night. The Franklin High School junior guard may have suffered a significant wrist injury in the regular-season finale against Valley View nearly two weeks ago, but she performed just fine in a Division II sectional semifinal against Badin. Ferrell totaled 20 points...

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Layne Ferrell didn’t have the time or the mind-set for pain Tuesday night. The Franklin High School junior guard may have suffered a significant wrist injury in the regular-season finale against Valley View nearly two weeks ago, but she performed just fine in a Division II sectional semifinal against Badin. Ferrell totaled 20 points...
Prep girls basketball: Surging Monroe will play for sectional title
 There wasn’t much suspense involved in Monroe High School’s latest girls basketball victory. The Hornets’ pressure defense dominated Southwestern Buckeye League rival Oakwood in a Division II sectional semifinal Tuesday night and powered Monroe to a 55-33 victory at Lebanon. “We knew what we needed to do and got it...

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There wasn’t much suspense involved in Monroe High School’s latest girls basketball victory. The Hornets’ pressure defense dominated Southwestern Buckeye League rival Oakwood in a Division II sectional semifinal Tuesday night and powered Monroe to a 55-33 victory at Lebanon. “We knew what we needed to do and got it...
College Insider: East’s Emrick leading shooter for Fairmont State
 Andrew Emrick is the top shooter for Fairmont State University’s men’s basketball team this season. The sophomore forward and Lakota East High School graduate has a team-best 56.9 field-goal percentage for the Falcons, who are 19-7 overall and 15-5 in the Mountain East Conference Emrick has made 15 starts and is averaging 10.5...

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Andrew Emrick is the top shooter for Fairmont State University’s men’s basketball team this season. The sophomore forward and Lakota East High School graduate has a team-best 56.9 field-goal percentage for the Falcons, who are 19-7 overall and 15-5 in the Mountain East Conference Emrick has made 15 starts and is averaging 10.5...
Prep girls basketball: Icy touch dooms Falcons in loss to Oakwood
 Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 first-round loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like...

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Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 first-round loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like...
Prep girls basketball: CJ too strong for Ross in 57-27 sectional rout
 The lead lasted for 20 seconds. And then it was gone … long gone. Ross High School’s girls basketball team was overmatched in its Division II sectional opener against Chaminade Julienne on Saturday afternoon at Lebanon, and the 57-27 score reflected that. “You dig a hole in the first eight minutes that you cannot dig out...

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The lead lasted for 20 seconds. And then it was gone … long gone. Ross High School’s girls basketball team was overmatched in its Division II sectional opener against Chaminade Julienne on Saturday afternoon at Lebanon, and the 57-27 score reflected that. “You dig a hole in the first eight minutes that you cannot dig out...
Prep girls basketball: Dunbar fights off Mohawks 50-46 in sectional
 Madison High School’s bid for a piece of girls basketball history came up a little short Saturday afternoon. The Mohawks were involved in their first-ever Division II sectional game and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take the lead against Dunbar, but Madison couldn’t hold on and got ousted 50-46 at Lebanon. “I was wanting...

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Madison High School’s bid for a piece of girls basketball history came up a little short Saturday afternoon. The Mohawks were involved in their first-ever Division II sectional game and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take the lead against Dunbar, but Madison couldn’t hold on and got ousted 50-46 at Lebanon. “I was wanting...
Oakwood bumps Fenwick girls from tournament trail

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Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like this,&rdquo...
Fenwick’s Christie making strong final push in Bluffton hoop career
 Kevin Christie is playing the best basketball of his Bluffton University career … just as it’s about to end. But he is happy. He’s content. The 2014 Fenwick High School graduate knows that all things run their course. And at the age of 22, he’s got a lifetime of experiences ahead of him. “I think there&rsquo...

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Kevin Christie is playing the best basketball of his Bluffton University career … just as it’s about to end. But he is happy. He’s content. The 2014 Fenwick High School graduate knows that all things run their course. And at the age of 22, he’s got a lifetime of experiences ahead of him. “I think there&rsquo...
Seven in a row: Franklin tops Spartans, celebrates another SWBL title
 The universal symbol of basketball success came out Friday night at Franklin High School’s Darrell Hedric Gym. A ladder. The Wildcats used it to do some climbing and net cutting after securing a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys championship — their seventh straight title — with a 61-42...

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The universal symbol of basketball success came out Friday night at Franklin High School’s Darrell Hedric Gym. A ladder. The Wildcats used it to do some climbing and net cutting after securing a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys championship — their seventh straight title — with a 61-42...
Prep girls basketball: Badin ousts three-time defending state champs
 Years of futility against Alter High School’s girls basketball team have suddenly given way to a winning streak for Badin. The Rams knocked off the Knights for the second time in three weeks Thursday night in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon, having endured a string of 22 straight losses in the series before that. And this...

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Years of futility against Alter High School’s girls basketball team have suddenly given way to a winning streak for Badin. The Rams knocked off the Knights for the second time in three weeks Thursday night in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon, having endured a string of 22 straight losses in the series before that. And this...
Prep girls basketball: Hornets overpower Clinton-Massie in sectional
 Monroe High School’s girls basketball team has the look of a squad that wants to keep playing for a while. Clinton-Massie was no match for the Hornets in a Division II sectional opener Thursday night as Monroe won for the 13th time in its last 15 games by recording a 53-31 victory at Lebanon. “At the beginning of the season, we...

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Monroe High School’s girls basketball team has the look of a squad that wants to keep playing for a while. Clinton-Massie was no match for the Hornets in a Division II sectional opener Thursday night as Monroe won for the 13th time in its last 15 games by recording a 53-31 victory at Lebanon. “At the beginning of the season, we...
To lead and serve: Talawanda’s Brown has a passion for hoops, ministry
 She’s not exactly sure when basketball became a part of her life. But Addie Brown can take a pretty good guess. “Probably when I started walking,” she said. “I remember this picture of me when I was like 2 or 3 holding a basketball. It was probably then.” It was a long time ago regardless. Brown is a senior at...

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She’s not exactly sure when basketball became a part of her life. But Addie Brown can take a pretty good guess. “Probably when I started walking,” she said. “I remember this picture of me when I was like 2 or 3 holding a basketball. It was probably then.” It was a long time ago regardless. Brown is a senior at...
Prep girls basketball: New Miami still winless as regular season ends
 It was a competitive affair for two quarters. New Miami High School’s winless girls basketball team earned a halftime tie with visiting Lockland on Wednesday night, but got steamrolled the rest of the way in Miami Valley Conference Gray Division play. Erin Goins tallied 10 of her 21 points in the third period and grabbed 13 rebounds...

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It was a competitive affair for two quarters. New Miami High School’s winless girls basketball team earned a halftime tie with visiting Lockland on Wednesday night, but got steamrolled the rest of the way in Miami Valley Conference Gray Division play. Erin Goins tallied 10 of her 21 points in the third period and grabbed 13 rebounds...
WATCH: Students rush the court after a last-second shot keeps Ross rolling 
 Landen Angel had the golden touch once again Tuesday night, hitting a last-second shot to ignite a Ross High School boys basketball celebration. On the other side, the Monroe Hornets didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. That’s how it went for two teams navigating in opposite directions this season. Ross is 14-7 after the 44-42...

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Landen Angel had the golden touch once again Tuesday night, hitting a last-second shot to ignite a Ross High School boys basketball celebration. On the other side, the Monroe Hornets didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. That’s how it went for two teams navigating in opposite directions this season. Ross is 14-7 after the 44-42...
College Insider: Locals have sparked Central State women this season
 Two local athletes have played key roles for the Central State University women’s basketball team this year. Sophomore guard Takyra Gilbert, a Hamilton High School graduate, is the Marauders’ leading scorer, but only played in 12 games before suffering a season-ending injury. She averaged 18.3 points, three rebounds, 4.3 assists...

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Two local athletes have played key roles for the Central State University women’s basketball team this year. Sophomore guard Takyra Gilbert, a Hamilton High School graduate, is the Marauders’ leading scorer, but only played in 12 games before suffering a season-ending injury. She averaged 18.3 points, three rebounds, 4.3 assists...
5 local storylines to watch in the upcoming boys basketball state tournament
 The prep boys basketball tournament draw was held Sunday afternoon, and 18 Journal-News-area schools found out what their postseason paths look like. Here are five things to know about the upcoming event: 1. An interesting rematch: Fairfield (7-13), the No. 18 seed, and Northwest (12-8), the No. 16 seed, will meet in a Division I opener at...

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The prep boys basketball tournament draw was held Sunday afternoon, and 18 Journal-News-area schools found out what their postseason paths look like. Here are five things to know about the upcoming event: 1. An interesting rematch: Fairfield (7-13), the No. 18 seed, and Northwest (12-8), the No. 16 seed, will meet in a Division I opener at...
Lots of hope in D-I Cincinnati boys sectional after Moeller, Princeton
 The Division I Cincinnati sectional tournament has a lot of teams that believe they can make a bit of a run in the prep boys basketball postseason. Top-seeded Moeller (18-3) and No. 2 Princeton (17-3) are the clear front-runners. After that, well, who knows? “There’s so much parity this year compared to years past,” said...

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The Division I Cincinnati sectional tournament has a lot of teams that believe they can make a bit of a run in the prep boys basketball postseason. Top-seeded Moeller (18-3) and No. 2 Princeton (17-3) are the clear front-runners. After that, well, who knows? “There’s so much parity this year compared to years past,” said...
Madison was 9-14 last year, but the Mohawks roared back for a league title. Here’s how they’re doing it.
 There will be no title sharing in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division this season. Madison High School’s boys basketball team went on the road and fought off Preble Shawnee 50-45 on Friday night, capturing the outright Buckeye championship after clinching at least a share with Tuesday’s 40-38 win at Northridge. &ldquo...

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There will be no title sharing in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division this season. Madison High School’s boys basketball team went on the road and fought off Preble Shawnee 50-45 on Friday night, capturing the outright Buckeye championship after clinching at least a share with Tuesday’s 40-38 win at Northridge. &ldquo...
College women’s basketball: MUM roaring toward state tournament
 It’s been another season of perfection for the Miami University Middletown women’s basketball team. The 22-6 ThunderHawks recently completed their second straight unbeaten regular season in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference. They’ve won 32 straight regular-season ORCC contests, a conference record. MUM’s roster is...

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It’s been another season of perfection for the Miami University Middletown women’s basketball team. The 22-6 ThunderHawks recently completed their second straight unbeaten regular season in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference. They’ve won 32 straight regular-season ORCC contests, a conference record. MUM’s roster is...
Prep girls basketball: MCS remains upbeat after sixth straight loss
 The mood within Middletown Christian School’s girls basketball program remains buoyant, even as the pile of defeats continues to grow. Sophomore guard Ellie Veal tossed in four 3-pointers and a career-high 16 points for the Eagles on Thursday night, but they took their sixth straight defeat with a 37-29 road loss to Miami Valley at...

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The mood within Middletown Christian School’s girls basketball program remains buoyant, even as the pile of defeats continues to grow. Sophomore guard Ellie Veal tossed in four 3-pointers and a career-high 16 points for the Eagles on Thursday night, but they took their sixth straight defeat with a 37-29 road loss to Miami Valley at...
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