SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Bath found its shooting range in Thursday’s girls basketball Western Buckeye League opener at Lappin Gymnasium.
The Wildkittens found their range, especially behind the 3-point line.
Bath canned nine 3-pointers, en route to a 50-32 victory over Shawnee.
Madelyn Renner led Bath (4-0, 1-0 WBL) with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Renner also pulled down seven rebounds. The Bolon sisters – Esther and Ruby – each scored 10 points. Esther had three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two blocks. Chandler Clark had seven points, and dished out five assists for the Wildkittens.
“Sometimes, we’re a little bit up and down (with their shooting),” longtime Bath head coach Greg Mauk said, in reference to his team’s shooting. “But we have so many kids that can do that (shoot 3-pointers). On any given night, somebody might not have their best shooting night, but we have a group that can pick it up and fill in for those who are not shooting well.
“Madelyn (Renner) had a pretty nice game. This is only her second game back (from injury). She really started to get into a little bit of rhythm, tonight.”
Freshmen Zoe Best and Grace Freiberger led Shawnee (2-2, 0-1 WBL) with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Best also had five rebounds and four steals.
After getting down 2-0, early on, Bath quickly claimed the lead and raced out to a 17-9 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
Esther Bolon canned two 3-pointers in the first stanza for a total of seven first-quarter points. Chandler Clark also hit a trey in the opening quarter. Renner scored five points in the first period for the Wildkittens.
“I thought Chandler Clark played a really good game,” Mauk said. “She had so many passes that set people up. I remember several kick-outs for threes. … She’s really doing those kinds of things, very well for us.”
Bath’s defensive pressure helped cause eight Shawnee turnovers in the first eight minutes of action. Bath, on the other hand, turned it over just three times in that time span.
Renner’s two 3-pointers in the second quarter jump-started the Wildkittens.
Bath extended its lead to 27-13 by the halftime break.
Shawnee struggled from the field in the second quarter, connecting on just 2 of 19 shots from the floor. For the half, the Indians were 5 of 27 shooting from the floor for 19 percent.
Bath was 9 of 26 from the field in the first half for 35-percent shooting. Renner led the Wildkittens in the first two quarters with 11 points, including three shots from behind the arc. For the half, Bath connected six times behind the 3-point line.
Shawnee cut it to eight points, twice, in the third quarter. Best led the Indians, scoring eight points.
However, Bath responded and quickly pushed its lead out to 13, 40-27, by the end of the third quarter.
For the game, Bath shot 38 percent from the field. Shawnee countered with 27-percent shooting from the floor.
Bath held the slight edge on the boards, 37-35.
Shawnee committed 12 turnovers, while Bath turned it over 14 times.
“Overall, I think we did what we needed to do,” Mauk said. “Shawnee has a nice group of young players. We had to come out and really get after them and play the pace that we wanted to play, particularly at the defensive end of the floor.