Batavia and Goshen are emerging as early leaders in Southern Buckeye girls basketball division races

Cayla Stutz, Felicity senior point guard, scored the 1,000th point of her stellar four-year varsity career. She dropped in the grand point from the free-throw line with 55-seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Dec. 11 Cardinals’ home game versus Ripley’s Blue Jays.

Goshen and Batavia have emerged as two of the toughest teams to compete against in their respective divisions of the Southern Buckeye Conference. Glen Este’s schedule has not been in its favor. The Trojans have opened against some of the finest teams in their conference and in the entire state.

Goshen

Goshen emerged victorious over visiting Clermont Northeastern 66-54. These teams were the co-champions of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division race a year ago. The Warriors were ahead at each intermission 13-10, 25-21, and 42-36. Goshen scoring leaders: Staci Hicks 28, and Jessica McFarland 21 (three three-pointers).

Batavia

Batavia bested arch-rival Williamsburg in an SBC showdown 57-29 on the Wildcats’ hardwood. The Bulldogs were in command all the way 15-4, 30-6, and 46-14. Batavia scoring leaders: Heather Hines 16 and Jamie Bare 11. Williamsburg scoring leader: Kayla Scott 12.

Finneytown fell before the Bulldogs, too. The visiting Wildcats were treated to a 43-37 beating. The Clermont countians were up at each of the breaks 10-8, 21-14, and 33-20. Batavia scoring leader: Kayla Ernst 14.