BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath guard Jaidyn Hale had a shooting night she’d like to forget on Friday.
And that’s just exactly what she did on Saturday.
Hale bounced back with a 21-point night to power Bath to a 49-42 victory over Elida to capture the championship of the Bath Tip-Off Classic at Bath.
Bath has won the last five Bath Tip-Off Classics and has won 10 of the 14 tournaments.
Hale was held to five points and made just one shot from the field in Friday’s semifinal 43-27 victory over New Knoxville.
“I came in today and didn’t let it get to me,” Hale said. “I knew I had to keep shooting. … You can’t let it affect your next game. You have to move on.’’
In Saturday’s title game, Hale scored seven critical points in the fourth quarter, including going 4 of 4 at the line and hitting a 3-pointer.
“That was Jaidyn (Hale) right there,” Bath coach Greg Mauk said. “It took her a while to get going tonight, but she can make plays. And she made foul shots to seal the deal.’’
Lindsay Singhaus added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Bath and was the tourney’s most valuable player.
“She had a great weekend,” Mauk said. “Two nights in a row she had great games.’’
Elysabette Andrews had eight points and five rebounds for Bath.
Elida (1-1) was led by Shyah Wheeler’s 15 points and eight rebounds. Cienna Kuhn had seven points.
Elida coach Chrissy Billiter saw improvement over last year with her team’s runner-up performance.
“I’m OK with the score,” Billiter said. “I’m not OK with the loss, but these girls are finally believing they can play with anybody and that’s the first step.’’
Both teams pressed most of the game and the result was stingy defense and the game tied at 22 at the half.
Elida led by as many as six, 34-28, late in the third quarter after a Kuhn layup.
Bath went on a 7-0 run and took a 35-34 lead on an Andrews’ follow shot with 6:35 to go.
Hale gave Bath the lead to stay 38-37 with a 3-pointer with 4:04 to go.
Hale also drove inside and fed Kaleigh Ketcham for a 3-pointer from the right corner. That pushed the Bath lead to 43-39 with 1:02 left.
“That was like the nail in the coffin,” Billiter said.
Hale added, “That was huge. That was a big turning point in the game.’’
Bath closed it out by hitting 7 of 9 at the foul line in the final quarter. Overall, Bath was 16 of 21 at the line.
Elida won the boards 36-25.
The Bath press helped force 27 Elida turnovers. Bath had 17 turnovers.
New Knoxville 47,
New Knoxville used a man-to-man defense in the second half to help force 21 Findlay turnovers. That helped the Rangers pull away with the consolation game victory.
Findlay led 17-12 after the first quarter behind Katie Thomas’ 13 points with three 3-pointers.
Findlay led 21-20 at the half.
But the Rangers went from zone to man in the second half and Findlay couldn’t handle the pressure. The Rangers outscored Findlay 14-2 in the third quarter to pull out to a 34-23 lead after three.
Erin Scott led the Rangers with 14 points. Megan Jurosic had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Thomas finished with 20 points and four 3-pointers for Findlay.
The Rangers shot 49 percent from the field and were 2 of 8 on 3-pointers.
Findlay shot 32 percent from the field and was 4 of 15 on threes.
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