A 22-0 streak by the visiting Columbus East Lady Olympians Tuesday night (Nov. 12) made it clear who would be victorious on the chilly evening in Batesville.
Back-to-back baskets in the closing seconds of the first quarter – a lay-in by junior Catherine Raab and steal/conversion by sophomore Ashley Nobbe – pulled the host Lady Bulldogs within 14-10 of their Class 4A opponent.
However, the home team’s next bucket would not come until the 4:40 mark of the third quarter when senior Abigail Westerfeld hit. By that time, though, the margin had grown to 42-14 and sat at 75-34 by the end of the night.
Sophomore guard Koryn Greiwe paced eight Olympians in the scorebook, dropping in six 3-pointers and a total of 32 points to lead the rout.
She got the evening’s scoring underway with a pair of free throws before Nobbe’s left-handed layup tied the game at 5:22 of the first.
On the next trip down, Greiwe’s triple sent East ahead for good. After a score by senior Carlie Werner, the guests’ next three hoops were all of the 3-point variety – two by Kaitlyn Dougherty and a pull-up from Greiwe – to make it 14-6.
The extended run by CEHS started early in the second frame. A feed went into Emma Jenkins, prior to a stop-and-pop by Greiwe forcing BHS head coach Bryan Helvie into a 30-second timeout with his girls down 18-10.
Two-and-a-half scoreless minutes ticked off the clock, finally broken by an inside field goal from six-foot freshman Leah Bachmann – one of three six-footers the smaller Bulldogs had to contend with.
Dougherty stretched the double-digit lead with a three, as the Dogs stopped play again at 3:02. Over the next three minutes, the Olympians proceeded to get a pair of interior shots from 6-4 freshman Gabby Dean and two Greiwe transition goals. The halftime score was 34-10.
Dean’s putback made it a 26-point cushion early in the second half. Sophomore Breanna Wells hit a foul shot to snap the lengthy Bulldog drought, but Greiwe answered with a straight-on 3-pointer and a traditional 3-point play to quickly make it 42-11.
Greiwe scored three of the next five goals (including two from distance) and East held a 51-16 advantage. By the time Westerfeld popped a three-ball with six seconds left in the stanza, the lead was 61-19.
For their part, the Lady Bulldogs enjoyed their most productive eight minutes in the final period. Werner and Raab had early baskets, followed by the latter’s old-fashioned 3-point play ahead of the six-minute mark.
With a lineup of mostly reserves the rest of the way, Batesville got 3-pointers by Wells and freshman Emma Weiler.
The Bulldogs also put eight girls into the scoring ledger, with Raab setting the pace at 9. Werner added 6, Westerfeld 5, Nobbe and Wells 4 apiece, Weiler 3, Calley Kaiser 2 and Macy Prickel a free throw. Dougherty, Dean and Carothers scored 10, 9 and 8, respectively, for CE.
Batesville (1-2) has its second of three straight double weekends coming up. Friday is a long trip to Union County, followed by Saturday night’s home tilt with North Decatur. Columbus East improved to 2-0.
The junior varsity opener also was a one-sided affair, as the Lady Olympians posted a 53-13 victory. Sophomore Sarah Ripperger scored 5 points, Kaiser added 3; sophomore Olivia Raab put in 2, as did freshman Ava Hanson, and Weiler tossed in a charity.
That followed a 27-20 loss to Lawrenceburg last Saturday for the reserves. Coach Clint Pride said his girls played excellent team defense but struggled on the offensive end.
Weiler led that night with 8 points. Kaiser had 6 and Ripperger 3. Sophomore Carley Pride added a deuce and classmate Gabby Elston scored a point.
The JV is now 1-2 ahead of the UC game.