BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath gave visiting Shawnee a flicker of hope right before halftime. Then just as quickly took it away.
The Wildcats shot 2-for-13 from the floor in the second quarter of Friday’s game and let the Indians get to within 30-24 going into the intermission of the Western Buckeye League contest.
But the Wildcats stuck a dagger into the Indians hopes when they opened the third period with three 3-pointers to expand their lead to 39-26 and Shawnee was playing catch-up the rest of the night. Bath went on to claim a 71-50 Western Buckeye League win.
Bath (12-3, 5-0 WBL) got off to a hot start when Cole Chambers scored 10 first-period points on the strength of two treys. Taren Sullivan bested that effort with 12 first-quarter points as he connected on three 3-pointers.
Bath grabbed a 24-13 lead after one quarter before hitting a cold streak in the second. The Wildcats’ 2-for-13 effort resulted in only 6six points in the quarter and Shawnee crawled back into the game when it posted 11 points in the period.
But then came the fateful third quarter.
Logan Rockhold hit a quick three followed by another from Sullivan before Rockhold connected again and the Wildcats lead grew to 39-26 with 6:15 left to play in the third quarter.
Bath would go on to connect on 4-of-8 on two-pointers and 5-of-8 on 3-pointers in the third quarter as the Wildcats outscored the Indians 23-10 and took a commanding 53-34 lead to the final quarter.
“They were switching defenses in the second quarter and we didn’t run the offense we wanted to run,” Bath coach Doug Davis said. “We came out in the third and Colin Gossard made a couple of nice cross-court passes to Logan and he knocked down the threes.”
Sullivan had another big quarter when he scored 11 points in the third on his way to a game-high 25 point effort.
“Taren had a real big night and we look for him to keep getting better,” Davis said. “He was aggressive tonight, and we expect him to keep doing that.”
Chambers ended the night with 12 points while Rockhold finished with 10 points for the Wildcats.
The Indians (1-13, 0-5 WBL) were led in scoring by freshman Jay Thomas with 11 points and sophomore Marquis Miller who added 10 points to the Shawnee attack.
“You always have a plan and we wanted to eliminate the dribble-drive penetration and get them off the spot but they did what they wanted to when they wanted to,” Shawnee coach Dick Heath said. “Marquis is showing growth and improvement and Jay Thomas does a lot of good things on the court; he can go in or out and is strong.”
A season problem with turnovers bit the Indians again as they committed 17 in the game compared to only eight for Bath.