It looked like two different units on defense Friday night.
The Batesville High School boys varsity basketball team gave up 32 points in the first half against the Franklin County Wildcats.
The result was a slim 35-32 edge thanks to a 3-pointer by Kassidy Kase as time expired.
A renewed commitment at the defensive end reminiscent of the effort they displayed in the county tournament finals produced a much better outcome. The Bulldogs held the Wildcats to only 12 points in the second half.
The end result was a convincing 75-44 victory in Brookville.
Batesville showed signs of improvement on the defensive end in the first half, but they struggled to consistently get stops. Meanwhile, the offense was keeping good pace.
The Bulldogs led by five points on two separate occasions in the first period. A 3-pointer by Bryan Hoeing snapped a 5-0 run by the Wildcats to give BHS an 18-15 lead. The first quarter ended 18-17.
Nathan Longstreth sparked an 8-0 to open the second quarter. His four points, along with a field goal by Matt Dennis and two Kase free throws, put the Bulldogs in front 26-17.
The Wildcats were able to get themselves back in the game and tied the score at 32-32 on a 3-pointer by Cole Meyers.
Kase scored the first five points of the third quarter and Wes McKinney added a 3-pointer. The Batesville lead quickly jumped to 11 points.
The margin gradually grew to 56-41 by the end of the period.
It only got better for the Bulldogs in fourth quarter.
The stingy Batesville defense held the Wildcats to three points over the final eight minutes. Offensively, the Bulldogs added 19 points to put the game out of reach.
The Bulldogs had four players score in double figures. McKinney battled early foul trouble, but finished with 17 points as did Kase. Longstreth came off the bench to net 15 followed by 11 from Blake Walsman.