Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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January 31, 2014

Lady Bulldogs rally for overtime win

It did not appear to be Batesville’s night on Tuesday in Greensburg.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed at each of the first three quarter breaks and by as many as 10 points at one point in the third quarter.

Somehow, the Batesville varsity basketball team found a way to turn it around and left with a 56-54 overtime victory.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored Greensburg 19-10 in the fourth quarter to force the extra session.

The first half was not the most fundamentally sound, but the Lady Pirates hit some big shots when they needed them. An 8-4 first quarter lead grew to seven points by halftime. Batesville junior Jessica Wagers hits a pair of 3-pointers and Chelsey Paul had another to help keep the Lady Bulldogs close.

As the pace began to quicken late in the third quarter and into the fourth, the Lady Bulldogs capitalized.

Neither team shot the ball extremely well on the night, but one key was Greensburg’s inability to convert from the free throw line. The Lady Pirates were just 17-of-36 for 47 percent. Batesville was a little better by going 22-of-38 for 57 percent.

The Lady Bulldogs did come through when it meant the most. Batesville was 9-of-10 from the free throw line in overtime.

For the game, the Lady Bulldogs 14-of-63 shooting from the field for 22 percent, while Greensburg went 16-of-55 for 29 percent.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by Wagers with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Wagers was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line, including 4-of-4 in the overtime.

“The difference in the game came down to two players,” BHS coach Darrick Cox commented. “Wagers played the best game I have seen from her this season.

“Brooke Rohlfing came up huge in her first game of the season after being sidelined by injury,” he added.

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