DELPHOS — Bath came in a little banged up.
So the Wildkittens leaned on their inside-power game.
Lindsay Singhaus and Elysabette Andrews combined for 22 rebounds to help lead Bath to a 45-21 victory over Delphos St. John’s in a girls basketball game Tuesday night at Robert Arznen Gymnasium.
Bath led 15-10 at the half, then outscored the Blue Jays 18-2 in the third quarter to pull out a 33-12 lead after three.
Andrews finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Bath. Singhaus had seven bounds and 12 rebounds.
“Coach told us that they would come out and fight and we wanted to fight back, too,” Andrews said.
Added Bath coach Greg Mauk, “We need that out of Bette (Andrews). She has the ability to do those kind of things. We need her to do that, especially when we’re trying to get healthy as a team.’’
Those efforts on the boards helped Bath outrebound the Blue Jays 39-24, including 16-8 at the offensive end.
Jaidyn Hale, playing limited minutes, had nine points and one 3-pointer.
St. John’s is 8-9. Bath is 12-4.
Taylor Zuber led the Blue Jays with seven points.
Both teams came in a little short handed.
Bath point guard Hale has been battling an illness the last few weeks. Bath freshman Madelyn Renner made a return from being out with an ankle injury
St. John’s Betty Vorst, who has a boot on her foot, has been out since around Christmas with an ankle injury.
After a defensive first half, Bath ripped off a 9-0 burst to start the third quarter.
During that key streak, Andrews hit a putback and a 5-footer.
“The whole team had to pick it up,” Andrews said. “We have to help and pull together.’’
Kaleigh Ketcham knocked down a 3-pointer and Chandler Clark hit a 12-footer.
Just like that, Bath was in control 24-10 with 4:55 left in the third quarter.
“In the third quarter we came out and we got a little bit of rhythm and a little bit of flow,” Mauk said. “We were able to get the ball down around the basket more.’’
The first half was a defensive tug-of-war.
St. John’s locked in with a man. Bath, meanwhile, used a 2-2-1 press, then came back to a halfcourt 2-3 zone.
“We hadn’t planned on playing the 2-2-1 press, but we did such a good job of covering and we were so active in it, it was hard to go away from it,” Mauk said.
Hale started for Bath and scored four in the first quarter. That helped the Wildkittens out to an 8-7 lead.
“That was a real physical battle in the first half,” Mauk said. “Both teams were guarding really, really well. It was hard to get a good look at the basket.’’
Renner hit a 7-footer to give Bath the lead to stay, 8-7.
Singhaus took charge for Bath down in the paint in the second quarter. She scored five of its seven points in the quarter.
Singhaus also had nine rebounds at the half.
Bath’s press forced 20 St. Johns turnovers. Bath had 14 turnovers.
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