Okaw Valley Girls Place Third in Holiday Action

Photo by R.R. Best Isabella Benning passes the ball against Tuscola Thursday night in Bethany.

Photo by R.R. Best
Isabella Benning passes the ball against Tuscola Thursday night in Bethany.

•December 28, 2016•

By Jason Lee Brown
NP Sports Editor

The Okaw Valley girls’ basketball finished a busy week of action at home, playing four games in four days.

For the second straight year, the Okaw Valley girls’ basketball team placed third in the Okaw Valley girls’ basketball Holiday Tournament with a 3-1 record.

The Lady Timberwolves defeated Blue Ridge Monday, lost to Unity on Tuesday and beat Altamont Wednesday.

The Lady Timberwolves carried that tournament momentum into their game Thursday at home and defeated Tuscola, 40-32.

OV took a five-point lead into the second quarter, but Tuscola came back and cut the lead to three, 21-18, at half.

The Lady Timberwolves tacked on four more points to their lead, 31-24, heading into the fourth quarter and held on for the win.

Paige Robinson scored a team-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

Natalie Jeffers scored nine, and Jesse Robinson added six. Read More

ALAH Girls Basketball Come Back for Championship

Photo furnished Knight’s Classic Champions: Marcy Petersheim, Kyla Carson, Hannah Wallen, Mycaela Miller, Marissa Herschberger, Abi Duzan; Back row: Madi Corum, Janette Comstock, Liz Shipman, Megan Fifer, Payton Wellbaum, Kimberly Davis, Drew Wingler and Abby Foreman.

Photo furnished
Knight’s Classic Champions: Marcy Petersheim, Kyla Carson, Hannah Wallen, Mycaela Miller, Marissa Herschberger, Abi Duzan; Back row: Madi Corum, Janette Comstock, Liz Shipman, Megan Fifer, Payton Wellbaum, Kimberly Davis, Drew Wingler and Abby Foreman.

•December 28, 2016•

By Jason Lee Brown
News Progress Sports Editor

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team defended its Knights Classic Holiday Tournament by sweeping through its pool play then defeating Tri-County 52-47 in the championship game in Arthur Friday night.

To take home the championship trophy, ALAH had to come back from an early 13-point deficit against Tri-County.

The Lady Titans pressed early to take a 12-2 lead and extended that lead to 20-7 at the end of the first quarter.

“We weren’t playing sharp at the time,” said ALAH coach Craig Moffett. “It’s just one of those deals where the ball wasn’t falling in, and they hit some shots.”

The Knights did not panic and rather chipped away at the lead one possession at a time.  Read More

OV Boys Head to Dieterich

•December 28, 2016•

The Okaw Valley boys’ basketball team entered the Dieterich Holiday Tournament this week.

The Timberwolves opened their first game against host Dieterich yesterday and are scheduled to play Christ Our Rock Lutheran at 1 p.m. today. Read More

Sullivan Redskins Take Two Hits at St. T

•December 28, 2016•

The Sullivan boys’ basketball team dropped two games in the Team Soy Capital Christmas Tournament at Decatur St. Teresa High School this past week.

Thursday night, Sullivan lost to LSA 72-44.

LSA jumped out to a 21-8 first quarter lead then extended that lead to eight by halftime. Read More

Redskin Girls Get Defensive with Okaw Valley

•December 21, 2016•

Sullivan Redskins girls’ basketball put the defensive pressure on Okaw Valley Dec. 15 for a 41-30 homecourt win.

Sullivan jumped to an 11-4 lead in the first quarter and headed into the half with a 19-15 lead. Okaw Valley suffered the effects of the Redskin defense, scoring seven and eight points in the third and fourth to Sullivan’s nine and 13 point efforts.

“The entire team played a phenomenal defensive game and stuck to the game plan,” coach Sheri McCain said of the Redskins. “I’m very proud of their effort and the fact they are playing as one unit.” Read More

Magic Number Haunts Knights in Loss to Raiders

•December 21, 2016•

Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

As the saying goes, 13 is “the magic number.”

Tuesday night, Dec. 20 for the Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond girls’ basketball team against Central A&M was unlucky.

On top of being without senior guard Kim Davis, ALAH missed 13 layups throughout the game—including seven in the first quarter—in what went from a close, physical game to start, to a blowout by night’s end, 53-36 in favor of the defending 1A runners-up.

“I knew we missed a lot of close shots, but I didn’t know we missed that many,” Knights’ head coach Craig Moffett responded. “I thought our half-court defense was good in the first half; they got some transition layups on us, but outside of that we didn’t let up on threes.” Read More

Sages Knock Redskins

Photo by Jason Lee Brown

Photo by Jason Lee Brown

•December 21, 2016•

Redskins’ Brett Tuttle works around Sage defense to find the basket at Monticello  Dec. 16. Monticello won 74-34.As fans and students alike braved the ice and wintery mix of mother nature to get to the game, the Redskins just couldn’t get over the hump against the Sages.The Sages ran past, shot over, and around Sullivan’s young team to the tune of a 40-point beatdown, 74-34, and the road is not getting easier for the Redskins.

Knights Rebound Taking Down Comets

•December 21, 2016•

By Kirk Whitaker
NP Sports

Thanks to 10 points in the early going from Megan Schlecte, Windsor/Stew-Stras was down only 18-16 with 6:28 to go in the half.

From that point on, Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hamond went on an 18-5 half-ending run. That included eight points from senior Megan Fifer, taking a 36-21 lead at intermission. Read More

Shelbyville’s Fourth Quarter Run Leaves Knights Behind

•December 21, 2016•

Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond Knights traveled to Shelbyville Dec. 16 where a 25 point Ram fourth quarter was too much for the Knights as they fell 65-41.

The Knights started the first quarter in control 14-12 and went into the half ahead 24-23. A 10 point third quarter put the Rams ahead 40-34 at the beginning of the fourth. It was momentum that went out of control as the Rams outscored the Knights 25-7 in the final quarter. Read More