BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath was determined to weave its way through the Elida press.
And that’s exactly what the Wildkittens did.
Bath broke the press and knocked down seven 3-pointers in the Wildkittens’ 47-22 girls basketball victory against Elida Thursday night.
“We got in a little bit of foul trouble, but once we got going, we didn’t stop,” Bath’s Lindsay Singhaus said.
Bath is 6-0 (2-0 Western Buckeye League). Elida is 1-5 (0-2 WBL).
Singhaus led Bath with 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
“That’s her (Singhaus’) average, 12 points and nine and half rebounds,” Bath coach Greg Mauk said. … “I always told her she had the potential to be an all-league type player and she’s doing that. She’s playing really, really well.’’
Bath’s Jaidyn Hale had nine points, while freshman Chandler Clark had eight points and two key 3-pointers.
Shyah Wheeler had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for Elida.
It marked the second meeting of the year between the two teams.
Bath won 49-42 in the championship game of the Bath Tip-Off tournament on the first Saturday of the season.
This time around the key for Bath was solving the Elida zone presses.
“We got more shots off in this game and we broke their press better,” Singhaus said. “We prepared for it this week.”
Mauk said, “We talked it about in the locker room before the game. They stole the ball 10 times against us the first time. I thought our kids did a good job of getting spaced out, seeing the floor and getting the ball where it needed to be.’’
Elida got off to a good start with two early 3-pointers by Wheeler.
The Bulldogs led 8-6 after the first quarter.
That’s when Bath found its rhythm from the 3-point line.
The Wildkittens hit four straight 3-pointers in the midst of a 14-0 run. That gave Bath a 20-8 lead.
In all, Bath hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter, including two by Clark. Hale, Kennedy Fagan and Kaleigh Ketcham also hit 3-pointers in second quarter.
“Chandler Clark started penetrating and kicking to open people. As a freshman, she really found the players who were open,” Mauk said.
Meanwhile, the Bath 2-2-1 press and halfcourt man-to-man caused Elida problems getting into its offense.
Elida had 12 turnovers at the half.
When Bath was in its man defense, it was Ketcham who spent plenty of time guarding the athletic Wheeler.
Bath outscored Elida 14-2 in the third quarter and pulled out to a 38-16 lead.
Bath won the boards, 35-27.
Elida ended up with 22 turnovers, while Elida had 10.
Bath shot only 30 percent from the field and was 7 of 27 on 3-pointers.
Elida shot 27 percent and was 2 of 13 on 3-pointers.
“I thought we’ve improved from the first game (against Elida),” Mauk said. “We guarded better than we guarded the last time. We gave up 42 points the last time. Tonight we really made it hard on them.’’
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