Lakota West’s Kim Adams(11) battles for a rebound during the Firebirds girls basketball game against Lakota East, Wednesday, Dec. 18,2013. (Tony Tribble for the Enquirer)
By Jeff Wallner, Enquirer contributor
Lakota West girls basketball coach Andy Fishman has waited for his team to deliver a complete performance through four quarters this season. On Wednesday night against neighborhood rival Lakota East, the Firebirds did just that.
Sophomore guard Danielle Wells scored 16 points leading Lakota West, ranked No. 3 in the Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll, to a 70-38 victory over eighth-ranked Lakota East in a Greater Miami Conference matchup.
“We did a lot of things really well,” Fishman said. “Our girls were focused and ready to play. The defensive intensity was completely awesome.”
Sophomore guard Nia Staples scored 11 points and junior guard Lauren Cannatelli, a University of Dayton commit, added nine points for the Firebirds.
The Thunderhawks were led by junior guard Nia Thomas who scored 11 points. Junior guard Alecia Catron added nine points for East on three 3-pointers.
Lakota East committed 21 turnovers and West recorded 11 steals.
“We started out in a full-court press, then back to a half-court trap, tried different things,” Wells said. “They were a little out of sorts.”
A 3-pointer by Cannatelli, who’d averaged 16.3 points in the previous three games, started a 9-0 run, putting the Firebirds ahead 11-5.
The latest proposal for Liberty Center in Butler County’s Liberty Township shaves some retail in favor of increased space for office buildings and luxury apartments. Rendering provided.
Liberty Township retail project has new look – A Columbus developer returned to Butler County Thursday with a slightly revised plan for the $300 million shopping destination spot it wants to build in Liberty Township, Sheila McLaughlin reported for The Cincinnati Enquirer. Yaromir Steiner, founder and chief executive officer of Steiner + Associates, is counting on $35 million from the county and township to make improvements around the 100-acre site, at Liberty Way west of Interstate 75.
West Chester Hospital tax status case watched closely – Butler County and the cash-strapped Lakota Local School District stand to lose a combined $43 million over the next 18 years if West Chester Hospital’s charitable tax status is upheld, Sheila McLaughlin of The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. County commissioners are appealing the case to the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, saying the county failed to receive a hearing on the matter. School officials are keeping an eye on it.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati (HBA) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Homearama 2013 location, Carriage Hill in Liberty Township, on Nov. 8, 2012. File photo.
Summer’s Homearama being delayed until July – The director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati confirmed Thursday that due to unforeseen construction delays, that this summer’s Homearama at Carriage Hill in Liberty Township is being pushed back to July. It will be the latest summer Homearama, which will now take place July 13-28, in the 50-year history of the home showcase, according HBA executive director Dan Dressman. The event was previously scheduled to take place June 8-23.
Bridgewater Falls is back on the block – Fairfield Township’s upscale shopping center, Bridgewater Falls, is for sale. And this time it’s for a positive reason, Cindi Andrews reported for The Cincinnati Enquirer. Blue Ash-based Phillips Edison bought Bridgewater Falls out of foreclosure in 2010. It boosted occupancy to 97 percent and is now testing the possibility of cashing in on its investment.
Due to fire code, West Chester residents were forced to watch a zoning commission meeting March 18 in the lobby of Township Hall. More than 100 residents attended the meeting, many of them were against a proposed shopping center being built near homes.
Kroger Marketplace discussion to be revisited – Last month, a Blue Ash developer scrapped plans to bring a Kroger Marketplace to West Chester after local residents convinced the township’s zoning commission that it wasn’t good idea. The developer, Silverman and Company, is considering a new plan, but wanted to hear from their opposition first by hosting a public input meeting at the Wingate Inn Thursday. During that meeting, many residents continued to voice their concerns.
Larry Sykes named Lakota East girls’ basketball coach – Larry Sykes was named the Lakota East girls’ basketball coach Tuesday. Sykes, an assistant at Lakota East the past two seasons, was formerly the Purcell Marian head coach during the 2010-11 season. Sykes, 40, replaces Nikki Drew, who stepped down at the end of this past season in order to spend more time with her family.
Sykes, a former Xavier University player from 1991-95, said he is looking forward to having fun as he takes over the program he’s very familiar with.
“Continue the tradition that has been set,” Sykes said. “Helping the players improve on all aspects with their game on and off the court.”
Lakota East returns all 12 players from last season. There is one incoming senior. “They know me and I know them,” said Sykes.
Sykes, who lives in Kennedy Heights, went through two rounds of interviews for the position. He said he was confident during the process. He is looking forward to scheduling staff meetings and figuring out which two college camps the team will attned this summer.