BATESVILLE — Getting off to a slow start in games has been a concern for head coach Aaron Garrett and the Batesville Bulldogs.
And it was the case again Saturday night.
The Hauser Jets were hitting shots from all over the floor and put a scare into the Batesville faithful.
Fortunately, the Bulldogs regrouped and went on to post their 10th win of the varsity basketball season. Batesville defeated the Jets 83-61.
Four different Jet players hit 3-pointers and another had a conventional three-point play. The result was a 15-6 lead.
It did not get any better for the Bulldogs. Hauser went on a 9-3 run and built a 24-9 lead.
Then something changed.
Offensively, shots finally started to fall. Defensively, the tempo and teamwork improved. The Bulldogs were more active rebounding at both ends of the floor.
The Bulldogs held the Jets to seven points in the second quarter, which enabled them to chip away at the 15 point deficit. Batesville closed the gap to 31-29 by halftime.
Senior Kassidy Kase helped set the tone for the comeback with his play at both ends of the floor. Kase scored seven points in the quarter and was a catalyst at the defensive end.
Senior Wes McKinney and junior Blake Walsman both hit a couple big shots in the second quarter as well to give the Bulldogs a lift.
Walsman sparked the Bulldogs with his aggressive play around the basket, especially in the third period. Walsman scored 13 of his team-high 23 points in the third quarter as the Bulldogs completed the comeback and turned it into a 15 point lead.
Junior Bryan Hoeing was hitting the glass hard and gradually found a rhythm offensively. After being held to four points in the first half, he countered with 17 in the second half.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Bulldogs outscored the Jets by 37 points over the final three-plus quarters to turn a 15 point deficit into a 22 point victory.
In addition to Walsman’s 23 points and seven rebounds, Hoeing finished with 21 followed by Wes McKinney with 15 and Kase with 11.
Hoeing led the team with eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Kase finished the night with seven steals and six assists.
“It was an impressive win in the fact that Hauser played well and jumped out to a big lead, cut into our deficit late the boys responded to close out the game,” Garrett commented.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-3 on the season and the Jets fall to 6-7.
BHS junior varsity nets win
The Batesville junior varsity held on to post a 46-44 victory over the visiting Jets.
The two teams battled back and forth most of the way. The Bulldogs led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter and later by one point at halftime. The Jets jumped ahead in third quarter to lead 36-34 at next stop.
The Jets had a chance to tie the game later, but were unable to convert from the free throw line.
Garrett Burkhart led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points followed closely by Jacob Vogelsang with 13.
Batesville (83) Burkhart 0, McKinney 15, Gowan 0, Giesting 0, Hoeing 21, Kase 11, Walsman 23, Nobbe 3, Longstreth 2, Dennis 8.
Hauser (61) Thayer 8, Johnson 15, Branum 3, Ramsey 7, T. Shipley 14, Q. Shipley 8, Christy 4, Gerhart 2.
Junior Varsity Scoring
Batesville (46) Ertel 0, Burkhart 14, Caplinger 0, Vogelsang 13, Reer 4, Meyer 3, Blanken 6, Schebler 6, Prickel 0.
Hauser (44) Adams 2, Branum 11, Mote 10, Bailey 9, Seim 4, Rose 4, Sweet 4.