A 17-9 run in the fourth quarter allowed Class 3A No. 6 Batesville pull
away from the Lions and post a 57-43 victory on Rushville’s Senior Night
in Memorial Gym for John Riddell and Hunter Orme.
“We are proud and grateful to have both these young men in our program the
last four years,” Coach Brian Bowen said. “They have played an important
role in our team’s success the past couple years.”
Batesville improves to 15-1 on the season and the Lions fall to 7-10.
The Bulldogs led at every break, including 40-32 at the end of the third
quarter. Rushville’s Orme scored to open the fourth quarter and the Lions
were just down six with plenty of time remaining in the game. Batesville
then went on an 8-2 run. Quinn Grimsley started the spurt and Nathan
Longstreth capped it to give the Bulldogs a 48-36 lead.
The Lions were able to cut the deficit to eight with less than three
minutes to play. Two Nate Niehoff free throws and a free throw by Nate
Hoeing had the deficit down to 49-41. Batesville’s Bryan Hoeing completed
a traditional three-point play to end any hope of Lion comeback as the
Bulldogs went on to the 14-point win.
The Lions opened the game with four straight points – two on the inside
from Cameron Cox and two from Hoeing. Batesville’s Wesley McKinney scored
five straight to put the Bulldogs on top midway through the opening
quarter. The Bulldogs added two more 3-pointers in the frame to grab an
11-10 lead heading to the second.
An Orme dunk opened the second quarter and ignited the Lion faithful, but
Batesville answered with a 3-pointer by Grimsley, two buckets by Bryan
Hoeing and dunk by Mike Hoeing to grab a 20-12 lead. The Bulldogs never
Two Niehoff free throws stopped the Batesville run, but Blake Walsman hit
from long range to again extend the Bulldog lead. Rushville’s Nate Hoeing
drained a left-corner 3-pointer at the half-time horn to cut the deficit
Bryan Hoeing’s steal and dunk opened the third quarter. The Bulldogs built
their lead to 15-points, before a Bryce Dye 3-pointer for the Lions cut
the deficit to 12. Buckets by Niehoff and Alex Yurack had the Lions within
eight at 40-32 heading to the fourth quarter where the Bulldogs put the
Niehoff led the Lions with 18 points and seven rebounds. Nate Hoeing had
seven followed by Orme six, Riddell five, Dye three, Yurack two and Cox
two. Bryan Hoeing had 22 for the Bulldogs.
Batesville made it a sweep by taking the junior varsity game 39-36. Matt
Moorman and Bo Gowan both had 12 points to pace the Bulldogs. Ricky
Thompson scored 16 to lead the Lions.
The Lions host Centerville Wednesday in a rescheduled game.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222 ext. 114