Bulldogs go 1-1 over weekend

The Batesville Bulldogs took on the North Decatur Chargers on Friday evening. After leading at the half and again after the third period, Batesville was outscored by the Chargers 23-11 in the final period and lost the game 52-41. They were able to get their tenth win on the season on Saturday evening when they hosted the Hauser Jets. The Dog’s led throughout the contest and pulled out a nine-point win to improve to 10-6 on the season.

Friday- @ North Decatur

Cade Kaiser got the Bulldogs off to a good start against North Decatur, giving them a 3-0 lead to start the game. Lance Nobbe scored for ND and Kaden Muckerheide tied it up with a free throw. Nobbe gave the Chargers the lead after his next basket, Sam Johnson hit a freebie for the Dogs, and Carson Parmer finished off the scoring in the period with a three pointer that put ND up 8-4 through one frame. Cole Pride got the Dogs back in the contest to start the second quarter with a deep ball that made it a one-point game. Nobbe and Reid Messer scored for ND but Pride and Kaiser got BHS back in the game and with 3:30 to go i nthe half it was 12-11 in North’s favor. Nobbe scored five more for the Chargers, but the Dogs battled back. a pair of free throws by Kaiser and a Gus Prickel basket made it a one-point game. With 45 second to go Pride hit a basket in the lane while getting hacked, he hit his freebie and Batesville went into half time on top of the Chargers 18-17.

The second half began with several lead changes, then North went on an 8-2 run with Muckerheide scoring back-to-back to give ND a 27-22 lead, three minutes into the quarter. Jack Grunkmeyer scored for the Dogs and Parmer hit a pair of free throws before Batesville finished the period on a 6-0 run, Grunkmeyer scored, then Pride, and with the frame about to end Kaiser hit a basket that gave the Dogs the lead back. It was 30-29 through three quarters. The Bulldogs went up by three to start the final quarter with Grunkmeyer scoring. North then took the lead after outscoring the Dogs 7-0 over the next two minutes. Pride scored for BHS to stop the Chargers run, but Conner Linkmeyer and Nobbe scored for North, and Muckerhiede hit two freebies to give ND a 42-36 lead midway through the final frame. Grunkmeyer scored again for the Dogs to pull back within four-points, but Muckerheide then scored six points and Linkermeyer added a pair of free throws, and ND was up by 12 with one minute to go. Pride hit a free throw for the Dogs and Grunkmeyer hit two, but a pair of Muckerheide free throws sealed the game up for the Chargers as they went on to win 52-41.

Saturday- vs Hauser

Saturday- vs Hauser
Batesville was able to remove some of the bitter taste of the previous night’s loss with a game against the Hauser Jets. A three-pointer from Hauser got them an early lead But Johnson turned it into a Batesville lead with back-to-back three-pointers, Pride matched Johnson with two more and the Dogs led 12-3. The Jets put up six more points in the frame while the Dogs got another Johnson basket and a Pride free throw to lead 15-9 after the first quarter. Pride added the first five-points in the second period and the Dogs went up 20-9. Over the remainder of the quarter Hauser outscored BHS 10-1 with the Dogs only score being a Grunkmeyer free throw. The Jets pulled within two and Batesville led at the half 21-19.

Hauser tied it up to start the third quarter, then a basket by Kaiser and another from Johnson started a Batesville run that put them back up by 10. Prickel scored making it a 12-point game then four Hauser points cut it back down. Prickel hit a three with a minute remaining, the last score for BHS in the frame. Hauser finished off the quarter on a 4-0 run and the score was 38-31, with the Dogs on top. Kaiser scored first in the fourth frame and Pride scored after that to put the Bulldogs back up by double digits. Johnson landed another deep ball with three minutes off the clock in the period, but Hauser hung with Batesville for a few possessions until Pride scored and went to the line for an old fashioned three-point play. He went right back on the next possession and hit two more freebies, Kaiser went to the line next and hit both his shots, and the Dogs held a 13-point lead with just two minutes to go in the game. The Jets attempted a comeback scoring seven points over the final minutes but a Pride basket and a Prickel free throw gave the Dogs a 58-49 victory to move them to 10-6 on the season.

Pride scored 20-points in the game to lead the Dogs, Batesville got 13-points from Kaiser and Johnson, Prickel finished with 9, Carson Laker and Grunkmeyer 1 each via a free throw.
Next up for the Dogs is an EIAC matchup against South Dearborn (11-6, 1-4) on Thursday, then a Saturday afternoon contest, hosting Madison (2-13) for a 1:30pm tip.

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