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Arcanum junior Stevie Johnting hits for two of her game high 16 points Thursday.
Arcanum rolled over Ansonia 55-27 in Cross County Conference action.
CNO Photos by Lucy Shannon (Lucy is a junior at Arcanum High School)
Lady Trojans shine on senior night
Ansonia no match for Arcanum
By George Starks

ARCANUM - Coming in with an 11-6 seasonal mark, Ansonia coach Jim Bolin was expecting a solid showing from his Ansonia Lady Tigers.

On the flip side, Arcanum coach Matt Grote was looking for the same thing to make the Arcanum senior night a success.

Give the nod to the Lady Trojans.

Arcanum came out of the gate strong and posted a lopsided 55-27 Cross County Conference victory.

“When it’s senior night, the kids will show a lot of emotion and you never know what kind of team will show up,” said Grote. “Tonight, they brought it. They brought it right from the start. They played hard the whole time and it was a tremendous effort. Especially from our seniors.”

It was obvious almost immediately that Arcanum came to play and nothing would stand in the way of a victory.

The Trojans jumped out to an 11-0 lead at the 1:41 mark of the opening quarter on an offensive rebound and a score from junior Stevie Johnting.

After a time-out called by Bolin with 51.3 seconds left in the frame, the Tigers were finally able to get on the board at the 33.1 mark when sophomore Bailey Stammen hit for two on a fast break lay-up.

Arcanum countered at the buzzer on a deuce from senior Rebecca Deao, giving the Trojans a commanding 13-2 lead after one.

Ansonia came out a little strong in the second quarter, but it was Arcanum that was in control and was not about to slow down.

At the half, the writing was on the wall as the Trojans were up 32-13.

“Something we have worked on all year is coming together,” Grote stated. “Coming in on my first year, you want to see your team gel and tonight, we did that. Our offense started to click and our defense picked up. It’s something we’ve been working on from day one, and we wanted to improve. Ansonia came in winning four of its last five I believe. We played hard, got after it and took care of business.”

Arcanum came out in a full court press and that created confusion for the Tigers.

Nine Ansonia turnovers in the quarter helped give the Trojans the 13-2 advantage after one.

“We wanted to get after them full court, so we manned-up full court,” Grote pointed out. “The great thing was, this was a team effort. It’s something we’ve been talking about all year. These kids have really bought in to my system and it’s really starting to show.”

Up by 19 at the break, the Trojans showed no quit, holding a 47-21 after three before going on to the 28 point win.

Arcanum was led on the floor by Johnting with 16, and senior Alexis Abner netting 15 in support.

Brooke Neal scored nine for Ansonia to lead the Tigers.

Bolin was not available for comment after the game.

See more photos at Empowering Darke County Youth

Ansonia junior Jailyn Thwaits fights through a double team set by Stevie Johnting (22) and McKenzie Sharritts (24) of Arcanum.

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