BROOKVILLE – It took one extra session, but by the end of Wednesday’s (Dec. 18) girls basketball matchup at Franklin County, Batesville had secured its first Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference win of the 2019-20 campaign.
A little out of sorts in the opening half, the visiting Lady Bulldogs came back to take the lead early in the fourth quarter and found themselves tied at 34 at the end of regulation. Despite making just 1 of 4 foul shots in the overtime period, BHS held on for a 40-37 victory.
Junior Catherine Raab set the tone in OT, drilling a 3-pointer from the corner on BHS’ first possession. Nearly two minutes elapsed before senior Macy Prickel scored on the block for for a five-point lead.
Batesville’s seventh foul – the first time either side had entered the bonus – came at 1:17. Taylor McCreary hit 1 of 2, but sophomore Ashley Nobbe matched that with 37.3 seconds to go. A jumper by Kairee Hodapp brought FC within one possession ahead of a key steal by senior Carlie Werner with just seconds left.
The Bulldogs never led in the opening 16 minutes and were tied just once at 2-2 after Werner answered fast-break points by Ashlan Hill. Hill then copped another steal and turned that into a 3-point play.
A Kloe Bolos jump shot made it 7-2 before Nobbe turned an airball three into two points. Nobbe would score again, this time off a Werner assist, but Bolos buried a pair from beyond the arc as the Lady Wildcats entered the second frame ahead 13-6.
A drive by Bolos ever so briefly had the ‘Cats up nine, as senior Abigail Westerfeld promptly hit a three on the other end.
Over the next several minutes, the Wildcats exploited the Bulldog defense with the primary beneficiary in each case being McCreary. FC methodically worked the ball around and inevitably found the senior open to the left of the basket. McCreary obliged with a series of four 2-pointers.
With the guests only getting a Westerfeld drive in that span, the lead jumped to 23-11. Nobbe scored the half’s last four points, sparking a 10-0 run that carried into the third quarter.
A follow-up by junior Katie Brewer and three from Werner had FC coach Joe Adams calling timeout at 3:12. His team responded with field goals by McCreary and Alex Gillman. Raab halved the six-point deficit with a late 3-pointer.
Two Prickel free throws to start the fourth quarter made it a one-point game at 27-26. Batesville then captured its first lead at 6:52 when Prickel kicked it out to Raab for three points.
Two scoreless minutes later, Gillman tied it at 29. A Prickel 3-pointer from the side put BHS back up before another two-plus minutes of scoreless ball.
Hill’s traditional 3-point play produced another tie; Prickel and McCreary traded baskets to knot the game at 34 at the 50-second mark. BHS coach Bryan Helvie called time with 4.2 on the clock but Werner’s shot at the horn came up short.
McCreary led all scorers with 13; Bolos contributed 10 and Hill 8. Prickel, Raab and Nobbe each pocketed 9 for the Bulldogs, while Werner added 6 and Westerfeld 5.
The junior varsity game also went to Batesville, 51-34, the team’s sixth consecutive win.
“After being down 7-0, the Bulldogs picked up the intensity on defense and added balanced scoring to lead by 12 at the half,” said coach Clint Pride. Emma Weiler and Ava Hanson netted 12 points each; Carley Pride had 9, Makayla Granger-Young 5, Calley Kaiser and Sarah Ripperger 4 apiece, Madelyn Pohlman 2, Olivia Raab 2 and Gabby Elston 1.
Batesville (3-7, 1-1) will host rival Greensburg Dec. 20 before visiting East Central Saturday evening, 6 p.m. Neither contest will count toward conference standings.