Joy Roberts Bachman
First of all, she was tall, but that wasn’t all. She could play the game…and then she got better. And better. And better. She got so good that there was only one way to stop her, and that was to concede to her about 20 points…and a dozen rebounds..and usually, a victory.
For two seasons, from the fall of 1977 through the early spring of 1979, Joy Roberts provided the foundation of one of the finest Ashland High School basketball teams of all time. And not just girls’ teams; in fact, you could stack that squad’s 40-6 record over those two campaigns against most any that ever wore the Orange and Black.
Regular-season success bred Cardinal Conference championships, but those Lady A’s had their sights set on bigger targets and although the chance to compete for a state championship eluded them both times, they more than made their mark in post-season tournament play. In Joy’s senior year, in her final game as an Arrow, she gave her utmost in a regional final game that, although it didn’t finish the way the team and its coach wanted, ranked as one of the most determined efforts every offered by an Ashland contingent.
Joy left AHS with a number of records to her credit, among them four that stand to this day: most points in a career (986), points in a season (480), rebounds in a season (318) and rebounds in a single game (22), a record that was equaled, but has not been broken. The last of those stands were set during the 1978-79 season, when Joy was named as a first-team All-Ohioan.
Her basketball prowess continued at the University of Cincinnati, where she was a four-year starter for teams that compiled a 76-51 record. Named the Lady Bearcats” Most Valuable Player in both her junior and senior years, Joy also served those squads’ captain. As a senior, she attained career highs in points (24) and rebounds (14) in a single game on her way to being named to the All-Ohio College Team.
She currently ranks in the Top 10 in UC history in several categories, including points (1,215 – 7th), rebounds (674 – 6th), blocked shots (102 – 5th) and minutes played (10th). Joy received the Helen Norman Smith Award, emblematic of UC’s outstanding female athlete, and was inducted in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on February 26, 1994.
She and her husband, Mike Bachman, an assistant prosecutor in Hamilton County, live in Cincinnati with their three sons, Matt, 7; Joe, 5; and Peter, 3. Joy is employed by Christ Hospital as a medical assistant.