The Batesville High School varsity basketball team rolled past Jennings County on Senior Night Friday evening.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter and went on to defeat the visiting Panthers 63-50.
The Panthers, who were playing without a pair of starters, made a late run at the Bulldogs by scoring the game's final nine points.
Coach Aaron Garrett's crew was able to build a comfortable lead with solid play at the defensive end. The Bulldogs gave up only eight points in the first quarter to take a 12 point lead and later eight in the third period to extend it to a 15 point margin.
The Bulldogs were balanced on offense with four players scoring in double figures. Bryan Hoeing led the way with 13 points, while Wesley McKinney, Blake Walsman and Kassidy Kase each finished with a dozen.
The Bulldogs improved to 15-3 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 11-8.
The Batesville junior varsity was a 36-35 winner over the Panthers.
The Bulldogs took a 31-25 lead into the final six minutes. The Panthers outscored coach Jay Gerkin's squad 10-5 and had a desperation shot at the end to win it.
Batesville trailed 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, but held the Panthers to just three points in the second. The defensive effort enabled Batesville to take a 23-15 lead into the break.
Garrett Burkhart finished with a team-high 16 points followed by Wyatt Schebler with eight.
Bulldogs travel to Connersville
The BHS basketball teams traveled to Connersville early in the week and left with a pair of victories.
The Bulldogs picked up a 42-26 victory in the varsity contest.
The Spartans are patient in their execution at the offensive end, but the Bulldogs were able to be equally as patient defensively to limit quality looks at the basket.
Batesville struggled offensively early in the game and trailed 7-4 at the end of the first quarter and later 14-13 at halftime.
The difference in the game came in the third quarter. Batesville held the host Spartans to only four points and answered with 13 of their own. The end result was a 26-18 lead headed into the final eight minutes.
Hoeing led the way for the Bulldogs with 13 points and nine rebounds. He also recorded team highs in steals (4), blocked shots (5) and assists (3).
McKinney was second on the team in scoring with nine points followed by Walsman with eight.
The BHS junior varsity was a 34-18 winner over the Spartans.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start and trailed 8-3 at the first stop. They turned things around by holding Connersville scoreless in the second quarter and taking a 15-8 lead into halftime.
They secured the victory by giving up only 10 points over the final 12 minutes.
Schebler and Burkhart led the way with nine points apiece, while Austin Prickel and Jacob Vogelsang each had six.
The Bulldogs finished the game an impressive 11-of-13 from the free throw line, while the Spartans were just 2-of-4.
Batesville (63) Burkhart 0, McKinney 12, Gowan 0, Giesting 0, Hoeing 13, Kase 12, Walsman 12, Vogelsang 0, Nobbe 0, Longstreth 8, Dennis 8, Schebler 0, Blanken 0, Prickel 0.
Jennings County (50) Woods 0, Euler 5, Jarvis 2, Leach 8, McNamee 7, Vogel 10, Hunt 18, Wilson 0.
Batesville (36) Ertel 0, Prickel 0, Burkhart 16, Caplinger 0, Schebler 8, Belter 0, Olsen 0, Meyer 0, Vogelsang 3, Reer 2, Meyer 0, Blanken 4, Britton 3, Roell 0.
Jennings County (35) Ketcham 1, Donnell 3, Wilder 4, Cornett 3, Pettit 14, Wilson 8, Meece 2.