AURORA – Playing in the inaugural Tri-State Shootout at South Dearborn High School Saturday (Dec. 14), the Batesville Bulldogs matched up with the Campbell County Camels of Alexandria, Kentucky in the third of five contests.
The teams in the fourth game had to wait a little longer than expected to tip off, due to the Bulldogs and Camels going into overtime.
For that, they had junior Sam Voegele to thank.
Down 63-60 with less than 10 seconds to go, Bulldog head coach Aaron Garrett called timeout just before Voegele sank a three after the whistle. When play resumed, he went ahead and duplicated that effort off an assist from senior Charlie Dice. The shot falling with four seconds left, the Camels’ inbound pass went out of bounds. With a desperation chance left, senior Colt Meyer’s heave bounced off the rim.
Junior RJ Powell scored first in the extra session but Campbell got the next three to take the lead. A Voegele jumper switched the lead to BHS. The Camels, however, scored seven of the next eight points to win the inter-state tilt, 73-68.
A 34-22 Bulldog lead at the half, the Camels battled throughout the third quarter and finally tied the game (48-48) on a free throw early in the fourth. After a charging call on Meyer, CC’s Aydan Hamilton hit a three from the corner for the Camels’ first lead since the 3-minute mark of the first quarter.
A basket by Voegele and two Meyer foul shots sent the Dogs ahead by one. Out of a timeout, Garrett Beiting’s three made it 54-52 in favor of the Camels. A jumper by Dane Hegyi pushed CC ahead by five under the two-minute mark; with 54 seconds left, the Kentuckians were up seven.
Meyer’s three made it a two-possession game and he’d get it to within three with a drive at 32.5.
The two sides jockeyed for the early lead, Campbell winning that battle with a 3-pointer from Hamilton. Powell answered with a lay-in, sparking a 10-0 run by the Bulldogs to close the stanza. Voegele was spot-on in the final two-plus minutes, connecting for a field goal and back-to-back triples.
BHS owned the second period, as Meyer hit from downtown and later completed a 3-point play for a 24-15 advantage. Sophomore Eli Pierson made it double digits with a long-range make.
Meyer’s pull-up three later made it 32-20 and the senior would feed Dice for two.
The lead was still a dozen after a Pierson to Dice hookup early in the second half. A three by Beiting, though, made it 36-29 and forced a BHS timeout.
Campbell shook off goals by Powell and Voegele to continue their climb back. Another Beiting three cut it to 41-38 before Pierson’s bucket on the other end. Voegele and Jordan Gross traded 2-point scores, followed by a Gross 3-pointer.
Meyer converted a 3-point combo but the Camels answered with field goals by Hegyi and Gross in the last 30 seconds of the third.
Gross was named the player of the game. Meyer scored upwards of 20 points for the Bulldogs and Voegele was the second-leading scorer (official statistics not available).
Batesville (1-3, 0-1) looks to get back in the win column Thursday, hosting county rival Milan.
AT LAWRENCEBURG (Dec. 13)
Batesville’s first Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game of the season took place Friday night at Lawrenceburg, with the host Tigers coming away with a 57-49 win.
The Bulldogs led 13-9 after one quarter and held to the slimmest of leads at intermission, 25-24. With a 16-7 third period, the Tigers reclaimed the lead going into the fourth. The teams were even (17-17) in the final frame.