Franklin Monroe coach, Zane Shellabarger takes a timeout to talk to his Lady Jets in WOAC action. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Franklin-Monroe falls to Newton Lady Indians

Short bench too much for Lady Jets in loss to Newton

PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe Lady Jets took the floor shorthanded on the night and went to its JV squad to fill the void in dropping a 63-26 WOAC varsity game to the visiting Newton Lady Indians.

 “We have very little depth at the beginning of the year and I am down three varsity starters right now so it’s tough but the young girls stepped up,” said Franklin Monroe coach, Zane Shellabarger. “They give me everything they have and they’re learning, they’re getting better.”   

“We have been struggling a little bit lately but we keep improving,” said Newton coach, Ryan Fiely.

Newton took the opening period 14-11 but not without a good showing from the young Lady Jets team on the court.

Camryn Gleason paced the Lady Indians with three 3-pointers while FM’s Jaliyah Nichols was good for 5-points including a triple.

Period No. 2 went to Newton 14-4 with Gleason hitting her fourth trey of the night, a basket and 2-2 at the line sending the teams to the break with the Lady Indians up 28-15.

“We were due for a good shooting night and we came out and Camryn hit four 3’s in the first half and really got us going,” said Coach Fiely. “Reese (Hess) hit a couple early but for us to see the ball go through the hoop it really gave us some confidence, some excitement. Mercedes Craig really bounced back today. She has been a little off lately but she came back, she was aggressive – when she’s aggressive we get pretty good really quick.”

The third quarter had Newton hitting on all cylinders outscoring the home team 25-8 with Gleason adding a fifth 3-pointer, two 2-point baskets and 2-2 at the line. Mercedes Craig added 7-points, Emma Szakal 5-points and Reese Hess and Layla VanCulin a basket each for the Lady Indians.

Nichols went a perfect 4-4 at the FM third quarter charity stripe and Presley Cox and Davis each added a bucket for Franklin Monroe sending the game to the final period with Newton leading 53-23.

Newton senior, Camryn Gleason’s night was done for the night early in the fourth after hitting her sixth 3-pointer to establish a new all-time single game 3-point Lady Indians record.

“Newton, he has a solid team, Gleason’s a good shooter and they got the ball to her in the right spot,” said FM’s Shellabarger. “She was able to knock a lot of them down so hats off to her. She had a great shooting game – very good game.”

The visitors took the final quarter 10-3 to earn the Wester Ohio Athletic Conference win.

“We share the ball super well, they find the next person and they shoot the ball and they’re ready to shoot it,” Fiely noted. “In games we struggle they shoot it because they think they’re supposed to, not because they think they are going to make it. Tonight they were ready to shoot it before they got the ball and those are the shots that go in.”

“We just ran out of gas and once your legs get tired shots weren’t falling – it wasn’t a lack of effort,” Shellabarger said. “They have nothing to hang their heads about, it’s not their fault. They are doing everything they can.”

Gleason paced Newton and all scorers with a game high 28-points. Nichols led the Lady Jets with 15-points.



NEWTON – C. Gleason 28, M. Craig 11, R. Hess 10, E. Szakal 5, L. VanCulin 4, P. Nicholas 3, B. Hines 2 – TOTALS 15 6-9 9 63

FRANKLIN MONROE – J. Nichols 15, O. Sease 4, M. Yount 3, P. Cox 2, Davis 2 – TOTALS 7 6-15 2 26


Newton 9 (C. Gleason 6, R. Hess 2, P. Nicholas 1)

Franklin Monroe 2 (M. Yount 1, J. Nichols 1)


14-14-25-10 63 Newton

11-04-08-03 26 Franklin Monroe

Newton's Camryn Gleason pops a first quarter 3-pointer for three of her game high 28-points at Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
FM's Jaliyah Nichols is fouled driving to the basket in the Lady Jets matchup with the Newton Lady Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Mercedes Craig scores for Newton in the Lady Indians WOAC game at Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Presley Cox goes to the basket for Franklin Monroe in Monday night game with Newton. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Newton coach, Ryan Fiely talks to his Lady Indians during a timeout in matchup with Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

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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 or 937-459-9547.

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