By Bryan Helvie Rushville Republican
---- — BATESVILLE - It was an easy night for one team and a tough one for the other.
The Class 3A, No. 4 ranked Rushville Lady Lions made their trip to Batesville a successful one. Rushville defeated the host Lady Bulldogs 67-37 in varsity basketball action.
The outcome might have been expected by some, but the 30-point difference not so much.
The shorthanded Lady Bulldogs kept the game close early, fell behind in the second quarter and made a brief run early in the third quarter.
Shelby Rupp scored the first two points of the game for the Lady Bulldogs. Unfortunately for coach Darrick Cox’s crew, it would the only lead of the game.
Kelsi Ash countered with a field goal in the paint and later stepped out for a 3-pointer. Sandwiched in between were a pair of free throws by Keragan Niehoff and a field goal by Mackenzie Campbell. The end result was a 9-2 Rushville lead.
A lay-up by Kaitlyn Howe capped the 11-0 run at the 4:45 mark.
The first quarter ended with the Lady Bulldogs trailing 13-8.
The Lady Lions established a comfortable 17-point lead by halftime. Campbell scored seven of the team’s 17 points to take a 30-13 advantage at the midway point.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Brooke Bradford gave the Lady Bulldogs some life right out of the break. Ash and Campbell answered with baskets for Rushville, but it was a third 3-pointer by Bradford and a field goal by Bailey Baumer that drew the deficit down to 10 points at 34-24.
It would be as close as the Lady Bulldogs would get the rest of the way.
Rushville rattled off 16 straight points to take a 50-24 lead with less than a minute to play in the third period.
The pair of Bradford free throws snapped the scoring drought to make it 50-26.
The Lady Lions built a lead of 63-32 on a Campbell 3-pointer near the halfway point of the final period. A Kaitlyn Howe field goal made it 65-35 just above three minute mark.
The offensive pace slowed over the final three minutes with only four points scored between the two squads.
Campbell led all scorers in the game with 26 points followed by Howe and Niehoff with 14 and 13, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs had two players score in double figures. Bradford led the way with 17 points followed by Baumer with 13. Baumer finished the game with a team-high 13 rebounds.
Lady Lions win junior varsity contest
The Rushville junior varsity opened the night with a convincing 32-14 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
The Lady Lions stretched a three-point lead to 13 by outscoring Batesville 10-0 in the second quarter.
The offensive struggles continued for the Lady Bulldogs in the second half. They were held to only nine points and failed to make up any ground. Rushville pushed the margin to 18 points by the end of the third quarter before the two teams played even in the fourth.
Batesville was led in scoring by Julia Hunter with five points, while Sylvia Phillips grabbed a team best eight rebounds.
Kayla Fogg set the pace offensively for the Lady Lions with 10 points followed by Alisha Markley with nine.
Batesville (37) - Bradford 17, Thomas 2, Baumer 13, Wagers 2, Rupp 2, Paul 0, Heidlage 1.
Rushville (67) - Howe 14, Sammons 0, Cramer 0, Campbell 26, Niehoff 13, Martindale 0, K. Ash 9, Yager 0, B. Ash 5, Woolston 0.
Junior Varsity Scoring
Batesville (14) - Wintz 0, Prickel 3, Poltrack 2, Canady 0, Hunter 5, Barnett 2, Phillips 2, Elkins 0.
Rushville (32) - Markley 9, Sammons 5, Ash 3, Adkins 3, Niehoff 2, Fogg 10.