Last-second shot wins it
It was an exciting conclusion to the first night of basketball for the Batesville Middle School eighth grade boys.
The Bulldogs held a slim margin most of the game, but a last-second shot by the South Ripley Raiders proved to be the difference. South Ripley defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 41-40.
Batesville led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and later 21-18 at halftime. The lead grew slightly to four points by the end of the third quarter.
Isaac Barker turned in a solid all-around performance and led the Bulldogs with 21 points. Lane Westerfeld was second on the team in scoring with seven points followed by Jayden Beal with six.
The Bulldogs struggled from the free throw line and hit only eight of 15 attempts. South Ripley was better, hitting 8-of-11.
Jacob Moore led the Raiders with 15 points, while Luke Welch added 11.
BMS wins seventh grade game
The Batesville Middle School seventh grade basketball team tipped off the season with a 39-21 victory over the South Ripley Raiders.
The Bulldogs controlled the tempo from the start. They led 11-1 at the end of the first quarter and later 18-3 at halftime.
Trey Heidlage led a balanced attack with 10 points, four assists and six steals. Luke Belter was second on the team in scoring with eight points. Cooper Williams added four points and eight steals.
BMS teams sweep Eagles
The BMS eighth grade team notched its first win of the season by knocking off Jac-Cen-Del by a score of 25-20.
The Bulldogs led at each quarter break. The largest margin was 10 points at the end of the third quarter.
Barker led coach Terry Giesting’s squad in scoring with 13 points followed by Tristian Lamppert with eight. Beal led the team in rebounding, according to Giesting.
The seventh grade squad recorded its second straight win. They defeated Jac-Cen-Del by a score of 54-20.
Batesville got off to a good start and established a 30-9 halftime advantage.
Heidlage led the Bulldogs with 13 points. Sam Haskamp was second on the team with eight points followed by Lane Oesterling with six and Williams with five.