Clermont County’s high school girls varsity basketball season has entered the final, or tournament, segment of the campaign. Due to the very recent snow, rain, and ice most prep athletic events were cancelled including most sectional tournament showdowns. Some of the tournament contests did take place, however.
Goshen’s Warriors earned the championship of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Divison after sharing last year’s crown with Clermont Northeastern. Batavia’s Bulldogs finished strong and was a close runner-up to Georgetown’s G-Women in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference National Division. The Silver and Black’s lone league loss was to the Green and White.
In an inter-county, inner-league, and inner-divisional confrontation, the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division’s Goshen Warriors held off a rallying New Richmond Lion squad 53-49. The victory insures the Red and Gray of advancement in the Division II sectional tournament that is taking place at Mason High School.
The Warriors pulled away to large early quarter-ending advantages in the first half of 18-6, 32-16. The Red and Black began their comeback to cut the third quarter deficit to 42-34, but was unable to get much closer. Senior guard Jessica McFarland paced the Red and Gray with 22 points, and junior forward Staci Hicks added 16. For New Richmond, senior pivot Megan Bevins tallied 14 points and sophomore guard Megan Troxell 10.
Goshen is 15-6 and New Richmond closed out at 7-14.