Alexis Gibbons scores for Arcanum JV in the Lady Trojans road win over Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Arcanum JV downs Eaton Lady Eagles

The Arcanum Lady Trojans junior varsity earns non-conference road win over Eaton

EATON – The Arcanum Lady Trojans JV squad defeated the Eaton Lady Eagles 43-27 in non-conference action.

“Great win,” said Arcanum JV coach, Stevie Johnting.  “We’ve struggled to get JV games on our schedule this year so to come in here on a visiting team’s floor and show up and get a win – we executed our plays very well.”

Arcanum took a 10-7 lead after one period of play with Alexis Gibbons good for 5-points including a 3-pointer and 2-2 at the free throw line, Ashlyn Miller canned a trey and Haley Smith added a basket.

Period No. 2 saw the Lady Trojans’ aggressive defensive play outdistance the home team 15-6 sending the teams to the break with Arcanum leading by a double digit 25-13 lead. Lilly Johnting and Gibbons each scored 4-points, Rylee Leeper drilled a 3-pointer and Mackenzie Byrne and Smith each contributed 2-points.

“I am very proud of the girls for their hustle,” Johnting stated. “We had 17 steals tonight – that’s incredible. We have really gotten better defensively so being able to execute it…and subs coming in and being able to execute it – it’s great.”

The teams played to a 9-9 third period score with Miller good for 3-points and Gibbons, Smith and Byrne each adding a basket for a 34-22 Arcanum advantage with one period to play.

“We’re really getting better,” noted Coach Johnting. “We’re pushing hard in practice to become a better team because we don’t have a lot of games. We don’t play again until next week.”

Arcanum won the final quarter 9-5 to earn a 16-point victory on the Lady Eagles home court.

“Lexi Gibbons finding her outside shot tonight, that was huge, huge for her, she’s a leader on the floor,” Johnting said. “My point guard Lilly and Brooke Anderson both show up and handle the pressure. Ashland Miller stepped up in there towards the end. My bigs were aggressive in the paint. I love running plays for them and watching them work on those moves we have been working on in practice.”

Gibbons led Arcanum and all scorers with a game high 16-points.

“Very proud of all 11 of them showing up tonight,” Coach Johnting concluded.

BOXSCORE

ARCANUM 43, EATON 27

ARCANUM – A. Gibbons 16, A. Miller 8, L. Johnting 4, H. Smith 6, M. Byrne 4, R. Leeper 3, B. Anderson 2 – TOTALS 13 5-8 4 43

EATON – A. Campbell 6, C. Miller 6, E. Haynes 4, O. Orr 4, G. Copper 3, K. Mohamed 2, C. Ruebush 2 – TOTALS 10 1-3 2 27

3-POINTERS

Arcanum 4 (A. Gibbons 2, A. Miller 1, R. Leeper 1)

Eaton 2 (A. Campbell 2)

SCORE by QUARTERS

10-15-09-09 43 Arcanum

07-06-09-05 27 Eaton

Arcanum's Ashlyn Miller brings the ball up-court for the Lady Trojans JV in the team's win over the Lady Eagles. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum point guard Lily Johnting handles the ball for the Lady Trojans JV in non-conference win over Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Rylee Leeper looks for an open pass in the Lady Trojans JV win at Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum Lady Trojans JV coach, Stevie Johnting instructs her team during an Eaton timeout in a game Arcanum earned a road win. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Isabella Harleman drives to the Arcanum basket in the Lady Trojans JV win over Eaton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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