North Decatur outscored the Lady Bulldogs 11-5 over the first four-plus minutes. A 3-pointer by Emma Geis pulled the Lady Chargers within nine points at 35-26. Anna Wallpe added North’s next three points to close the gap even more to six points.
Batesville sophomore Samantha Heidlage ended the scoring drought with a pair of free throws. Later, Heidlage accounted for the team’s final two points of the quarter to make it 39-32 at the break.
The Lady Chargers cut the Batesville lead to two points on a field goal by Laura Haunert at the 6:04 mark in the fourth quarter. Batesville immediately countered with a nice assist from junior Jessica Wagers to senior Chelsey Paul.
North stayed close, but could not grab a lead and gradually lost ground.
Bradford scored four unanswered points to give BHS a 46-40 lead with just over three minutes to play in the game.
The Lady Chargers would not get any closer. A late 3-pointer by Mary Hughes cut it to six points with less than a minute to play, but free throws by Wagers and Paul sealed the victory.
Bradford led all scorers in the game with 17 points followed by Paul with nine and Bailey Baumer with eight.
North Decatur had a balanced attack led by Anna Wallpe with nine points. Hughes, Geis, and Alison Wallpe each added eight.
Defensively, the Lady Bulldogs had a total of 14 steals. Guard Katie Thomas led the team with four, while Bradford and Baumer each had three. Baumer led the team with six rebounds.
BHS junior varsity pulls away in second half for win
The Lady Bulldogs took a 14-13 halftime lead and turned it into a 41-20 victory.
Defense was the difference in the third quarter and it allowed the Lady Bulldogs to extend the lead. North Decatur was held scoreless in the third quarter as the BHS advantage grew to 12 points.