The Arcanum Lady Trojans 2021-22 Varsity Basketball Team will be looking to improve on their 20-5 season last year. (Handshoe Photo)

Arcanum Girls 2021-22 Basketball Preview

ARCANUM – The Arcanum varsity girls basketball team is coming off a very successful season last year going 20-5 winning a sectional title.  They return several key players and have high expectations of competing for a conference title and a long tournament run.

Abbey Moore will be back for her 2nd year coaching the Trojans and was selected as the Southwest District DIII coach of the year last season.  She along with her assistant coaches have been working hard in preparing the team for bigger things.

“We will compete this year with a full Varsity and JV roster of 21. Former graduate Stevie Johnting is back to coach our JV team this season. Also assisting this season will be Brandy Buck, Kip Gray, and Abbey O’Donnell. I am very thankful for my staff and all the time and effort they put in to making this program better,” Moore said.

The Trojans will rely on the experience of 5 seniors; 3 who have played varsity basketball for the last 4 years. Those seniors are Hailey Unger, Madelyn Fearon, Taylor Gray, Meghan McCans and Ellie Fout.

Returning is the Southwest District Player of the Year in DIII Hailey Unger at one guard spot.  She averaged 19.4 PPG, 4 RPG, 3.5 AST and 3.2 STL.  She recently signed to play basketball in College for University of South Carolina Aiken. 

At point guard is senior Madelyn Fearon who was a 1st team all-league performer average 13.7 PPG, 3.5 REB, 5.2 AST and 3.6 STL. She also has verbally committed to play at Ohio Dominican.

Playing center is senior Taylor Gray another 1st team all-league player who averaged 11.5 PPG, 8 REB, 2 BLK.

Meghan McCans is a senior guard who average 3.4 PPG and 2.4 REB.

Ellie Fout is a senior forward and she averaged 2.1 PPG and 4.6 REB.

Also seeing action will be four juniors and 1 sophomore.

Juniors with experience are guard Kaitlyn Toy 6.8 PPG  and 5 REB and forward Kylee Freeman 1.7 PPG  and 2.5 REB.

Junior center Hannah Rademachir and guard Shelby Haye both played JV last year and will be playing varsity full time this year.

Rounding out the roster is sophomore guard Emilie Fout who averaged 1.9 PPG and  2.2 REB.

Coach Moore plans to challenge her team to focus and bring energy and intensity every night.

“For us to have success this season we must play to our potential every time we take the floor. Our goal is to compete to the best of our ability in every game we play to enable us to be in a position at the end of the year to make a long tournament run.”

Moore also believe the conference will be very competitive and welcomes the challenge.

“I believe our conference is going to be highly competitive. We must respect every opponent we face and prepare for everyone’s best. We have many coaches that are doing such a great job building their programs. It is great to see the progress that everyone is making. We are looking forward for the opportunity to compete in the inaugural WOAC season,” Moore concluded.

The Trojans are off to a good start this year with wins over two tough non-league opponents a 58-36 victory over Bishop Fenwick and 45-28 over Waynesville.  They also defeated Ansonia 66-22 in the first conference game.

In those 3 games Madelyn Fearon is averaging 19 points and 4 assist. Hailey Unger is also averaging 19 points and 5 steals and Taylor Gray 10.5 points and 8 rebounds.  The Trojans will have a key game on Thursday verses Preble Shawnee.

Schedule
Dec. 2021OPPONENTTIMELOCATION 
Thu. 2Preble Shawnee06:00 PMArcanum 
Tue. 7St. Henry06:00 PMArcanum
Thu. 9at Dixie06:00 PMDixie
Mon. 13at Valley View06:00 PMValley View
Thu. 16Tri-Village06:00 PMArcanum
Sat. 18at Mississinawa Valley12:00 PMMississinawa Valley
Thu. 23at Fort Recovery06:00 PMFort Recovery
Thu. 30Minster06:00 PMArcanum
Jan. 2022OPPONENTTIMELOCATION 
Thu. 6National Trail06:00 PMArcanum
Sat. 8Bradford01:00 PMArcanum
Thu. 13at Twin Valley South06:00 PMTwin Valley South
Sat. 15Versailles01:00 PMArcanum
Tue. 18at Eaton06:00 PMEaton
Thu. 20at Franklin Monroe06:00 PMFranklin Monroe
Mon. 24at Milton Union06:00 PMMilton Union
Thu. 27Tri-County North06:00 PMArcanum
Feb. 2022OPPONENTTIMELOCATION 
Tue. 1at Marion Local06:00 PMMarion Local
Thu. 3at Newton06:00 PMNewton
Sat. 5Carroll11:00 AMArcanum

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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