The South Ripley Lady Raiders kicked off the 31st playing of the Ripley County basketball tournament Tuesday evening with a 50-34 victory over the Milan Lady Indians.

The Lady Raiders, who have won four of the last five tournament titles, will battle the host Batesville Lady Bulldogs in the championship Friday night.

The Lady Bulldogs knocked off the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles 68-52 in the second game.

“This was a total team effort from start to finish,” BHS head coach Connie Dickman said. “We put together four good quarters of offense and defense.

“By far, this was our best effort from start to finish,” she added.

The Lady Bulldogs got a boost off the bench from guard Samantha Nobbe. The Batesville sophomore was one of three players to score 10 points. Elise Merkel and Angela Fullenkamp also turned in solid efforts with 10 points.

But the show on the offensive end belonged to senior Carrie Giltz. Giltz scored a game high 29 points, including 20 points in the final quarter.

The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Janelle Hardesty with 18 points and Abby Rohlfing with eight.

The two teams will return to action Friday night. Jac-Cen-Del will play Milan in consolation game, which is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Batesville and South Ripley follow in the championship at 7:30 p.m.

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