Brenna Schmit scores for Ansonia at Dixie in WOAC play. (Chris Tilton photo)

Greyhounds Overcome Tigers

NEW LEBANON – The Ansonia girls basketball team took to the road for the first time this season and journeyed to New Lebanon to play Dixie.  But the change in scenery did not change the team’s fortunes as they would go down in defeat 46-30.  It was an intimidating environment as they had a loud student section and pep band in attendance.

Ansonia Coach Davison, “Dixie had a great crowd and a great student section that cheered them on – it was a great atmosphere. It was a bit intimidating at first to be here. It might have taken us a full quarter to adjust to it.”

Both teams pressed to open the game and Ansonia would press pretty much through the first three quarters. But in the first quarter both teams accumulated a ton of fouls – Ansonia was giving up bonus before the first quarter ended and was giving Dixie double bonus early in the second quarter.  This sent Dixie to the foul line often – earning them 7-points in the first half.  This made up most of the difference at the break as Dixie was up 26-17.

The Tigers seemed slow to warm up and would score in spurts, getting 2-3 baskets then cooling off.  They did not get many second chance shots as the Greyhounds seemed to control the boards at both ends of the court.  This was a theme throughout the night.

Brenna Schmidt would be high scorer for the Tigers with 12-points. Dixie settled into a 2-3 zone in the first half, but went to a man to man defense in the second half.  They put extra attention on Schmidt and held her to just 2-points in the second half.

“Brenna does a nice job for us. She has a lot of drive and determination. She came in a lot this summer and worked on her shot and her form. It is starting to pay dividends. She hit a lot of shots tonight that she would not have hit as a freshman. She is the type of person that stays after practice – and it’s like anything else, you only get out of something what you put into it. And it is nice to see her get some of the rewards of that labor,” said Davison.

Ansonia likewise tried to adjust in the second half and assigned freshman Bella Burk to guard Dixies post player Sierra Brinson who had been scoring in the paint and snagging the bulk of the rebounds. The freshman drew a tough assignment and initially slowed down Brinson.  But Brinson would adjust and go on to score a game high-points for the Lady Greyhounds.

“Sierra Brinson is a nice inside force – she is a difference maker.  And they are well coached and they played a solid game. We brought in our own No. 34, Bella Burk, to slow her down and I thought she did a nice job. You learn by experience and I thought it was good for her to go against someone of that caliber.”

Ansonia did make a couple of good runs at the Greyhounds.  In the first half they closed to within 3-points – 17 to 20 at the five minute mark in the second quarter – prompting a worried Dixie to take a time out. Then again late in the third quarter Ansonia made another nice run at the Greyhounds – it was 25-28 thanks in part to a Laura Burns trey.  But both times the Tigers could not press their advantage and Dixie pulled away.

Teams don’t generally like moral victories but the Tigers did hold Dixie to 46-points.  In their first three games Dixie had scored over 60 points.  So that is something that the Tigers can hang their hat upon. The Lady Tigers will be road warriors the next two games playing Thursday against a tough Bradford team and Saturday against Union City.

Scoring: Lauren Burns 8, Maddie Buckingham 1, Brenna Schmidt 12, Bailey Schmidt 7, Bella Burk 2

Maddie Buckingham drives to the basket for the Ansonia Lady Tigers at Dixie. (Chris Tilton photo)
Ansonia's Abby Kramer drives to the bucket in WOAC play at Dixie. (Chris Tilton photo)
Lauren Burns goes to the basket for the Lady Tigers in game with Dixie. (Chris Tilton photo)
The Lady Tigers' Bailey Schmit brings the ball up-court for Ansonia in conference play at Dixie. (Chris Tilton photo)

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

Previous Blackhawks Girls Basketball Has Strong 2nd Half to Defeat Franklin Monroe

Get Daily Updates

[mc4wp_form id="228"]
The Darke County Now Logo with White Font

News, Media and Information for Darke County, Ohio.

News, Media, and Information for Darke County, Ohio.

Service Request

Useful Links

More Info