BLANCHESTER – Ten different Blanchester players scored Monday night, as the Lady Wildcats cruised to a 59-28 victory over Batavia.
The Lady Wildcats put the game away late in the first quarter and into the second. Leading 9-4 with 2:40 left in the first, Blanchester went on a 21-4 run over the next 9:43 to take a 30-8 lead.
Blanchester (11-3) forced 21 Batavia turnovers in the first half, including 13 in the second quarter.
“Our transition offense was about as good as it has been,” BHS head coach Bennie Carroll said. “We were looking up the floor, finding the open man and then attacking the basket. We finished with some made baskets. That always helps.”
Even when the transition baskets weren’t going in for Blanchester, another strong night of the offensive glass gave the Lady Wildcats many second and third-chance opportunities.
Blanchester finished the game with 17 offensive rebounds.
“We’re pretty quick and aggressive to the boards,” Carroll said. “We’re not real big necessarily. We have some girls that are fairly athletic and quick and can get to that board. “
Tristan Culberson led a balanced Blanchester attack with 11 points. Sarah Burton and Kayla Dugger each scored 10 points. All three players amassed those totals in less than three quarters of work.
Leona Burton led Batavia with 10 points, despite sitting part of the second quarter with three fouls. Maggie Mehlman added 9 points for the Lady Bulldogs (5-8).
Blanchester hosts Norwood Thursday at BHS. The Indians are led by Hannah Tubbs, who surpassed the 1,000-point career milestone Monday in a win over Williamsburg.
Jan. 11, 2016
@Blanchester High School
Blanchester 59, Batavia 28
(28) BATAVIA (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Mackenzie Ricke 0-0-2-2, Maggie Mehlman 3-2-1-9, Leona Burton 4-0-2-10, Stasia Burton 1-1-0-3, Manhattan Miller 1-0-0-2, Carly Werring 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 10-3-5-28.
(59) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Rachael Doyle 1-0-1-3, Elicia Patton 2-0-0-4, Tristan Culberson 4-3-0-11, Marissa Doughman 1-0-3-5, Sarah Burton 4-1-1-10, Merri Lindsey 1-0-1-3, Emma Gundler 0-0-1-1, McKenzie Miller 2-0-4-8, Asia Baldwin 1-0-2-4, Kayla Dugger 3-1-3-10. TOTALS 19-5-16-59.
FIELD GOALS: Ba 10/38 (L. Burton 4/7, Mehlman 3/12); Bl 19/54 (Culberson 4/7, Burton 4/11, Dugger 3/11)
3 POINT FIELD GOALS: Ba 3/14 (Mehlman 2/8); Bl 5/13 (Culberson 3/5)
FREE THROWS: Ba 5/13; Bl 16/34 (Miller 4/10, Doughman 3/4, Dugger 3/7)
TURNOVERS: Ba 29; Bl 15
Matt covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @mattsports.
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