Haley Smith scores for Arcanum JV in win over National Trail. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Arcanum JV downs Lady Blazers

Lady Trojans junior varsity squad hangs on for WOAC win over National Trail

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Lady Trojans JV basketball team earned a 15-14 win the National Trail Lady Blazers JV squad in a game limited to 2-quarters of action.

“I am very lucky to have such a wide range of talent,” said Arcanum JV coach, Stevie Johnting. “We’re getting those girls ready for varsity and we have a very bright future and big shoes to fill with five seniors leaving.”

Arcanum took the opening period 8-5 with Ashlyn Miller hitting a basket and a free throw, Lily Johnting and Hannah Kendig each scoring a basket and Alexis Gibbons knocking down a free throw.

The Lady Trojans held a lead until late in the second quarter when the Lady Blazers would use a 9-5 run to lead 14-13 with under a minute to play.

Ashlyn Miller passed to McKenzie Byrne for an assist with Byrne scoring the go ahead basket for the Lady Trojans. Trail moved the ball up-court to get a shot off that missed the mark. Arcanum was able to beat the press and advance the ball across the half court line and run out the clock for the win.

“They really persevered,” Johnting said. “I kind of got on them at a timeout and said, defense wins this game and that’s what they did. They got a defensive stop and we came down and scored.

“Shout-out to Lilly for handling the pressure there at the end and the trap, and Ashlyn making that dump down pass to Mackenzie Byrne and Mackenzie finishing,” added Johnting. “So very proud of them hitting that super important bucket and it was a game winner for us. I am proud of them for not giving up.”

Arcanum got balanced scoring with seven Lady Trojans in the scoring column in the win.

“I am very lucky to have the players I do,” Johnting said. “I am confident to put my bench players in and know that they are going to go out there and execute – and that’s what matters.”



ARCANUM – A. Miller 3, A. Gibbons 3, L. Johnting 2, H. Smith 2, M. Byrne 2, H. Kendig 2, B. Anderson 1 – TOTALS 6 3-8 0 15

NATIONAL TRAIL – A. Osborne 5, N. Osswald 5, K. Hohnson 2, J. Stiner 1, M. Harrison 1 – TOTALS 3 2-4 2 14


Arcanum 0

National Trail 2 (A. Osborn 1, N. Osswald 1)


08-07 15 Arcanum

05-09 14 National Trail

Mackenzie Byrne scores the winning basket for the Lady Trojans JV in the team's win over Trail. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ashlyn Miller goes to the basket for Arcanum in the Lady Trojans WOAC win over National Trail. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Lily Johnting drives to the Arcanum basket in the team's Thursday night home win over the Lady Blazers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Brooke Anderson drives to the hoop for Arcanum in WOAC win over National Trail. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Arcanum's Alexis Gibbons drives to the basket in the Lady Trojans JV win over Trail. (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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