The Batesville Lady Bulldogs lost to Jac-Cen-Del earlier in the season and senior guard Becca Wagner scored 29 points. It was clear the Lady Bulldogs had to do something differently the second time around. Coach Matt Maple and the Lady Bulldogs did just that. They had a game plan and stuck to it. Batesville’s patience on offense and execution on the boards paid of in the form of a 46-31 victory in the first round of the Ripley County Tournament on Tuesday at Milan High School. And the 21-of-24 effort from the free throw did not hurt. “I couldn’t be happier with the win ... the girls did a great jop executing at both ends of the floor,” BHS coach Matt Maple. “I could not have asked for a better effort.” The Lady Bulldogs clearly had a plan to limit the number of offensive opportunities for JCD and blanket Wagner the entire time. “We wanted to limit her touches on the ball,” Maple commented. “She is a very good player and we could not let her have the type of game she did against us earlier in the year.” Senior Maddie Lambert did not score a point for the Lady Bulldogs, but was one of the game’s key contributors. Lambert and teammate Bailey Baumer drew the assignment of defending Wagner and the two did so with great success. The JCD standout managed only one field goal in the game and was never really a factor. “They did a great job,” Maple commented. “Maddie may have played the best game of anyone on the team and did not score a point.” The Lady Bulldogs did just what was needed at the offensive end. They attacked the JCD zone with patience and took high percentage shots. In the process, was able to gradually build a 14-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The two teams scored a total of 13 points in the second quarter as not much changed by halftime. Batesville led 18-14. The Batesville lead grew to 24-14 on field goals by Erin Lanning, Baumer and Fawn Ryan. The BHS lead settled at 27-18 by the end of the third quarter. Ryan led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 25 points, including a 14-of-16 effort from the free throw line. Baumer was also in double figures for Batesville with 10 points. “It was a good win for us, but we also have to realize it is just one win,” BHS coach Matt Maple. “Now we need to redirect our focus to a good South Ripley team.” South advances to finals with win The South Ripley Lady Raiders cruised to the finals of the county tournament with a 62-20 win over the Milan. The talented Lady Raiders took a 23-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and were never challenged. The lead grew to 26 points by halftime. Jessica Foster led all scorers with 13 points followed by Kasey King with 12. Meredith Knollman was third on the team with 11 points. Milan was led in scoring by Shelby Ross and LeeAnna White with four points apiece.

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