The Batesville Herald-Tribune
The third win of the season did not come easy for the Batesville High School girls basketball team.
The Lady Bulldogs held off a late rally by the host Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles to post a 55-53 victory.
Both teams favored an up-tempo style of play to begin the game and the officials did not seem to have a problem with the up and down aggressive style of play.
The Lady Bulldogs continued for nearly the entire four quarters, but coach Scott Smith and the Lady Eagles chose to abandon the full court approach and settled into a half court defense until the final minutes.
The game was close the entire first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs pressured JCD at every opportunity and it seemed to be working, but the scoreboard did not indicate as such.
The Lady Eagles decided to lift their full court pressure near the three minute mark and went on to score four of the final six points of the quarter to lead 10-9 at the first stop.
Rebecca Roell gave the Lady Bulldogs nice spark off the bench and buried a 3-pointer to give the Lady Bulldogs their biggest lead of the game at 16-12. Jac-Cen-Del's Jordan Day immediately counted with a 3-pointer and returned it to a one point margin.
The Batesville lead jumped to six points on back-to-back 3-pointers by Madi Oesterling and a free throw by Roell. A field goal by Oesterling later closed the second quarter with the Lady Bulldogs on top 27-21.
The margin did not get any greater than six points in the third quarter until Roell and Oesterling combined for the final five points to make it 42-34.
Despite the eight point difference, there was still the feeling it was anyone's ball game to win.
And that proved to be the case.
The pace picked back up in the fourth quarter and this time it benefited the Lady Eagles.
Jac-Cen-Del scored eight unanswered points to knot the score at 46-46.
Day sank a 3-pointer at the 2:57 mark to give the Lady Eagles their first lead since midway in the second quarter. A second Day basket made it 51-48.
The Lady Bulldogs turned to senior Bailey Baumer and she delivered. Baumer hit a pair of free throws and a field goal 20 seconds later as Batesville regained the lead.
Day countered with a pair of free throws at the :39 mark to put the Lady Eagles back on top 53-52.
After a Batesville miss, the Lady Eagles had a chance to use some time off the clock, but turned the ball over with :17 to play.
Baumer took the ball to the basket and was fouled. The basket was good and she converted the free throw to give Batesville a 55-53 lead.
Jessica Wagers, who played limited minutes due to foul trouble, knocked away a Sydney Keene pass that ended up in the hands of Brooke Bradford with :03 remaining.
Bradford failed in her attempt to add to the lead, but the Lady Eagles were unable to score in the limited amount of time remaining.
Baumer finished with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, including a 5-of-5 shooting effort from the free throw line. Oesterling had a trio of 3-pointers and ended the evening second on the team with 15 points.
Day set the pace for the Lady Eagles with 15 points followed closely by Keene with 14.
The Batesville junior varsity opened the night with a 32-19 victory over the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Bulldogs led 12-5 at the end of the first quarter and later 18-11 at halftime.
The momentum shifted in the third quarter as the Lady Eagles pulled to within three points before Batesville outscored them 12-2 in the fourth.
Samantha Heidlage led the Lady Bulldogs with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tara Prickel and Shelby Rupp added six points apiece.
Kayla Bowling and Rosie Newhart set the pace for JCD with six points each.