Garrett Stammen had 17 points for Ansonia but they came up short in their basketball game vs Dixie falling 59-50. (Dale Barger Photo)

Ansonia Battles Dixie But Comes Up Short 59-50

ANSONIA – The Dixie boys basketball team built a 10-point lead in the 1st half only to see Ansonia rally with a strong 3rd quarter effort to grab the lead … the Greyhounds were able to battle through and retake the lead and grind out a 59-50 win over the Tigers.

In the opening quarter Dixie jumped ahead 7-2 before Ansonia battled back to take 1-point lead 8-7 at the 3-minute mark .. but the Tigers were unable to find the bucket the rest of the quarter.

The dogs got a spark from 6’4” sophomore Carson Sexton who had 6 points all off offensive rebounds to go up 13-8 in the quarter.

In the 2nd frame Dixie got 6 points form Conner Hawk and a lift from Devin Johnson off the bench with 4 points as the Greyhounds went on top 23-12 at the 3:48 mark. 

The Tigers clawed and scratched to stay close and got their own lift from freshman Trendon Spence who scored 4 points all in the 2nd quarter including a nice dish for a lay-up to Ethan Reichert that helped Ansonia cut into the 10-point lead to trail 27-20 at the half.

Ansonia used the break to their advantage came out in the 3rd quarter and made a run spearheaded by Sophomores Trevor Hemmerich and Landyn Bowman.

“At halftime we made a couple of adjustments and had our guys spread the floor to attack the gaps and get to the rim or find shooters.  It helps when you knock down shots and we did that in the third quarter,” Ansonia boys basketball coach Devin Limburg said.

Hemmerich attacked the basket scoring at the rim and when they tried to cut him off he found Bowman who drained two triples.  Bowman had 8 points and Hemmerich 6 for the Tigers in the 3rd quarter.

“Trevor really got us going in that 3rd quarter just by getting to the basket, he was relentless, and it helps when Bowman makes the shots he did,” Limburg praised.

Ansonia erased the lead Dixie held on a Hemmerich lay-up at the 4:38 mark to put the Tigers up 34-33.

The game went back and forth and with the score tied at 38-38.Dixie used a timeout to regroup.

“Anytime you come into a hostile environment let alone Ansonia with such good support from their students and fans you know it’s going to be a tough game, if you look at their scores the games are tight every week and you have to handle runs like Ansonia made,” Worley stated.

Dixie settled down after the timeout and did the things they were successful at before. The Dogs got a boost from sophomore guard Kole Huffman who scored 7 of his 11 points in a short stretch including a triple that vaulted Dixie back in front leading 43-40 heading into the final stanza.

“We showed we have resiliency, after jumping out to a 10-point lead that was 7 at the half and they came back and took a 1-point lead in the 3rd quarter, but we battled back,” a pleased Worley said.

In the 4th period the Greyhounds answered every play Ansonia made, then added a few as well with senior Jordan Butt finally connecting on a couple of key back-to-back baskets to create a little separation.

With Dixie leading 51-45 with 3 minutes to play every possession was critical for Ansonia but they struggled to get the looks they needed.

“Dixie kind of figured us out after the third quarter, late in the 4th we were just gassed … the sickness thing is going through and some of our guys were running on fumes,” Limburg said.

Ansonia was without their leading scorer and starting point guard Ian Schmitmeyer, but Limburg was reluctant to even acknowledge it.

“I feel bad Ansonia was missing one of their better players and not at full strength,” Worley said after the game.

Dixie finished the game strong to earn a 59-50 Western Ohio Athletic Conference win.  

“We were right there within making a play or two … but I give Dixie credit they hit big shots when they needed to keep us from grabbing lead and momentum in the 4th quarter,” Limburg said.

“Garrett  Stammen was solid all night for us he got to the basket and to his spots and we hit him in the post a few times.  I’m proud of how we battled after being down, but we just couldn’t close the deal, Limburg concluded.

Stammen was the leading scorer in the game with 17 points.  He was jointed in double figures by Landyn Bowman with 13 and Trevor Hemmerich with 12.  Ansonia falls to 2-1 on the year and 0-1 in the conference.

After the game Coach Worley was excited for his team and the way they battled.

“Every punch we threw they threw one back … but our guys responded well.  Our best player Jordan Butt did haven’t his best game but every one of our kids from the 10th, 11th  guy off the bench they all picked him up,” Worley stated.

Coach Worley is now in his 3rd year guiding the  Dogs believes they can be a very competitive team.

 
“We’re getting better every day.  Our seniors haven’t done a lot of winning.  I believe in the last 5 years our program has only won 20 games, so we are trying to take it one day, one practice and one game at time, doing things the right way.”

We have a senior group on the team seeing action and 2 sophomores getting significant minutes and once we get our senior big guy Logan Grubb back who has a knee injury and we’re at full strength we’re very excited to see what we can do and where we’ll go,” Worley concluded.

Dixie was led in scoring by Carson Sexton 1ith 15 points, Kole Huffman 11 and Conner Hawk had 10 in the win.  The Greyhounds improve to 1-1 on the year and 1-0 in the conference.

Box Score:

Score By Quarters:

Dixie:               13        14        16        16 – 59

Ansonia:          8          12        20        10 – 50

Individual Scoring:

Dixie – Johnson 8, Butt 7, Hawk 10, Grauman 6, Sexton 15, Brown 2, Humman 11. 

Totals – 2 – 11 – 11/19 – 59

Ansonia – Bowman 13, Reichert 4, Hemmerich 12, Spence 4, Stammen 17.

Totals – 5 – 13 – 9/14 – 50 

The Ansonia Cheerleaders looking like they are ready for a vacation in Hawaii. (Dale Barger Photo)
The Ansonia Student section was loud and rowdy supporting their Tigers. (Dale Barger Photo)
Ansonia Trevor Hemmerich gave the Tigers a boost getting to the rim scoring 12 points. (Dale Barger Photo)
Ansonia guard Landyn Bowman hit two triples and scored 13 points for the Tigers. (Dale Barger Photo)
The photo says it all. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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