2021-22 Franklin Monroe Girls Varsity Basketball Team. (Dale Barger Photo)

Franklin-Monroe Girls 2021-22 Basketball Preview

PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe girls varsity basketball team is looking to turn around an 8-12 record last year and a 6-5 finish in the conference.

The Jets will look to make some noise in the new Western Ohio Athletic Conference behind 2nd year varsity coach Zane Shellabarger and assisted by Abby Hunt. 

The Jets graduated Chloe McGlinch their leading scoring last year along with Stella Shellabarger who generally was the hardest working player on the floor.

Franklin Monroe has two seniors on the team Skylar Bauman and Emma Hein.

FM will lean on senior guard Skylar Bauman for offense as she looks to finish her career strong.

Hein after a two-year absence will play a forward spot and the Jets hope to get her back in form quickly.

Junior guard Jaliyah Nichols had a few breakout games last season and gives Franklin Monroe good quickness and someone who can run the floor well in transition.

Also on the team are three sophomores Olivia Sease, Lillie Shellabarger and Grace Dowler.

Olivia Sease was a freshman guard last year was thrown to the wolves handling the point and now with a year under her belt will be looked to guide the Jets offense using her athleticism and ability to see the floor well.

Another sophomore Lillie Shellabarger will play forward and gives FM toughness by playing hard and working the glass.

Rounding out the roster will be 3 freshman Mara Young, Pressley Cox and Kyra Barnes.

Coach Shellabarger doesn’t have a lot of size or depth but it’s something his team had to adapt to last season and is something they will continue to battle this year as well.

“We will almost always be the smaller team on the floor but feel that we should be the faster team and because of that we will try to run and speed the game up as much as we can. We don’t have a ton of experience … but we have lots of heart, so our goal is to be competitive and give our best and improve every game,” Shellabarger stated.

Zane see Tri-Village and Arcanum as the top two teams to beat in the conference.

“Tri Village has the best players and a great coach, what more needs to be said?  Abby Moore at Arcanum has enoughtalent to give Tri Village fits on most nights,” Shellabarger said.

The Jets are currently 1-1 on the year as they opened the season with a narrow loss to Southeastern 51-46 but rebound to defeat Twin Valley South 78-57.  In those two games senior guard Skylar Bauman scored 52 points to lead the Jets.

Franklin Monroe Girls Varsity Basketball Schedule
Dec. 2021OPPONENTTIMELOCATION 
Thu. 2Mississinawa Valley06:00 PM Franklin Monroe HS
Tue. 7Houston 06:00 PM Franklin Monroe High School
Thu. 9at Preble Shawnee07:15 PM 
Thu. 16Dixie07:15 PM Franklin Monroe H.S.
Sat. 18at Bradford01:00 PM Bradford
Mon. 20at Brookville 06:00 PM Brookville High School
Thu. 23Ansonia04:30 PM Franklin Monroe HS
Tue. 28at Mechanicsburg 06:00 PM Mechanicsburg High School
Jan. 2022OPPONENTTIMELOCATION 
Tue. 4Milton-Union 06:00 PM Franklin Monroe High School
Thu. 6at Tri-County North07:15 PM Tri County North High School 
Mon. 10Newton06:30 PM Franklin Monroe
Tue. 11at St. Henry 06:00 PM St. Henry High School
Thu. 13at Tri-Village07:15 PM Tri-Village High School
Mon. 17Bethel 06:00 PM Franklin Monroe High School
Thu. 20Arcanum06:00 PM Franklin Monroe
Sat. 22at Ft. Recovery 12:00 PM Ft. Recovery High School
Thu. 27at Ansonia06:00 PM Ansonia HS
Feb. 2022OPPONENTTIMELOCATION 
Thu. 3National Trail06:45 PM Franklin Monroe

Senior Guard Skyler Bauman will be leaned on to provide scoring for the Lady Jets this year. She has averaged 26 points in her first two games this year. (Dale Barger Photo)
Senior Emma Hein will counted on for leadership and toughness for Franklin Monroe this season. (Dale Barger Photo)
Zane Shellabarger returns to lead the Lady Jets now in his second season as the varsity girls coach. (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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