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Five-on-one? Batesville defenders (from left) Abigail Westerfeld, Ashley Nobbe, Catherine Raab, Calley Kaiser and Katie Brewer surround Greensburg’s Micha Morrison during a 68-34 loss Friday night.

Leading from the opening tip Friday night, the Greensburg Lady Pirates coasted to a 68-34 win – the team’s ninth straight – over the Lady Bulldogs. The game was not an official Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference matchup.

The Pirates (11-1) placed seven girls into the scoring column, with a trio – paced by senior Aliyah Evans’ 18 – recording double figures. The visitors also had the Dogs doubled up at halftime, 36-18, after briefly leading by 20. The high-water mark reached 40, following an Anna West basket early in the fourth quarter.

Taylor Cooney scored the first five points for the guests around a basket by senior Macy Prickel. Evans later hit a three, but the Bulldogs got a layup from senior Abigail Westerfeld behind Greensburg pressure and Pirate coach Jason Simpson wanted to talk things over.

The message must have sunk in, as the Pirates scored 24 of the game’s next 30 points.

A runout by Melina Wilkison preceded a 3-point play from Evans and the first of Micha Morrison’s three first-half 3-pointers. Another Evans field goal had BHS coach Bryan Helvie signaling time. A Morrison triple later, the Pirates eased to a 21-10 lead after one, despite sophomore Ashley Nobbe and senior Carlie Werner scoring in transition to end the first stanza.

Morrison opened the second frame with a 3-ball and, after Prickel put in a missed free throw attempt, Bailey Springmeyer followed suit a couple minutes later. Rose Morrison then drew contact on a lay-in and hit the foul shot for a 30-12 lead.

The Bulldogs interrupted with six points of their own, highlighted by Werner’s spin move in the post and a 3-point play by Nobbe. But a jumper and two free throws by Evans produced the big halftime margin.

Evans was also instrumental in Greensburg pulling away after the break. After a Prickel hoop (assist to junior Catherine Raab) and Rose Morrison basket in transition, Evans scored three of the next four goals, mixing in a Euro-step finish. She then earned an assist on Micha Morrison’s 3-point shot, the make forcing a Bulldog timeout at 47-22.

The rest of the night offensively belonged mainly to the juniors Wilkison and West. The duo teamed up for a 10-0 Pirate run to close the third period, the insurmountable lead now at 57-22.

Micha Morrison earned an athletic 3-point play on a putback to start scoring in the fourth. West’s score made it 62-22.

Batesville junior Katie Brewer scored the Bulldogs’ next six points. Helvie was able to play several girls off the junior varsity roster for much of the final frame.

Seven players also scored for the home team, Nobbe setting the pace with 9. Prickel scored 7, Brewer 6, Werner and freshman Makayla Granger-Young 4 each and Westerfeld and sophomore Sarah Ripperger 2 apiece.

After Evans’ game-high total came Micha Morrison with 15 and West with 10 – all coming after halftime.

The Bulldog reserves (8-4) outscrapped Greensburg 34-28 for the team’s seventh consecutive win. “Defense played a big role as both teams struggled to score and take care of the ball,” said BHS coach Clint Pride. “We were able to capitalize on a few forced turnovers that resulted in lay-ups.”

Balanced scoring went Emma Weiler 7, Ripperger 6, Granger-Young 5, Carley Pride and Ava Hanson 4 each and Madelyn Pohlman, Gabby Elston, Olivia Raab, and Calley Kaiser 2 each.

Batesville (3-9) hosts EIAC rival Connersville Friday night.

AT EAST CENTRAL (Dec. 21)

Batesville had trouble containing a trio of Lady Trojans in the opener of a girl-boy doubleheader at East Central Saturday night. EC won 62-41.

Hope Fox scored 11 of her 13 points in the opening quarter as EC raced out to a 24-9 lead. In the next two frames, Brilan McCory began to heat up from the outside on her way to a 19-point effort.

Then, in the fourth, as the Bulldogs looked to trim a 10-point deficit (43-33), freshman Josie Trabel brought it home by scoring her team’s first 11 points of the stanza. She would end up with a game-high 22 points.

Nobbe led the visitors with a dozen markers. Werner added 9, Brewer 8 and Prickel 7.

Will Fehlinger can be contacted at sports@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, ext. 220112