Franklin County wins over Batesville by one point
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs hosted Franklin County Tuesday evening. The back-and-forth battle had 17 lead changes and eight ties. Batesville led by two after the first quarter and Franklin County was up six at the half. The Lady Dogs battled back, and the teams were tied up at 24-24 to start the final period. The fourth quarter featured five lead changes and ended with a one-point Lady Wildcats victory.
A low scoring first quarter ended with the Lady Cats getting four points from Kassidy Schell and Batesville ahead 6-4. In the second period the teams traded baskets until Sophie Gesell hit a three-point basket that gave the Lady Dogs an 11-10 lead. Franklin County finished off the half on a 7-0 run and took a 17-11 lead into the locker room. Schell added a basket to start the second half then the Lady Dogs went on a 9-0 run and took the lead 20-19 three minutes into the frame. Schell added another FC basket to end the BHS run and retake the lead for Lady Cats. Batesville added four more points and took a three-point lead. As the period was closing Bailey Kaiser hit a three pointer to tie the game at 24-24. The final period saw the Lady Dogs score first with a pair of Claire Saner free throws. Four more points had BHS up 30-26 with 2:30 to play when Kiersten Schell hit an open three to bring FC back within a point of the Lady Dogs. Josie Rofles added another long ball and the Lady Cats retook the lead 32-30 with 1:20 to go in the game. Emma Weiler tied the game back up after getting a steal and going the distance to drop in a layup. Nicole Mears went to the line for FC and they took the lead 33-32 with :35 left to play. Gesell then went to the line and hit both shots, Batesville led by one. With 12 seconds to go Mears hit an open jumper and the Lady Cats pulled off a 35-34 victory.
FCHS- Ka. Schell 13, Mears 11, Rofles 5, Ki. Schell 3, Kaiser 3
BHS- Gesell 9, Alyson Peters 8, Weiler 7, Saner 6, Lydia Haskamp 4
The Lady Bulldogs are now 4-6 on the season and 1-2 in EIAC games. Batesville has a weekend full of conference games. They travel to Greensburg (6-4) Friday night and take on East Central (9-4) on Saturday.
Franklin County moves to 9-2 on the season and 2-1 in EIAC games. They travel to Oldenburg (5-5) on Friday then have a week off to prepare for the Ivy Tech Holiday Invitational.