The Batesville Lady Pioneers faced a tough challenge in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s contest with the Lady Patriots from Marion.
Both teams put up a combined 38 points in the opening quarter alone.
The Lady Pioneers (13-0, 4-0) found their groove in the next three quarters and won 84-53.
Head coach Stan Fowler said the key to the change was when the Lady Pioneers “stopped pressing and played great defense.” He added “Marion got tired.”
Batesville went on a 7-2 run to open the second quarter. This run forced the Lady Patriots (7-8, 3-1) to call a timeout. The timeout did not stop the Lady Pioneers from scoring, as they went on a burst to close out the half with a 42-25 advantage.
The third quarter was the highest scoring quarter from both squads, but it was the Lady Pioneers who pushed their lead to 20 midway through.
Izzy Higginbottom was pulled with five minutes left in the game right after she scored her 31st point of the night. She also had six assists and four steals.
It was around the same time the Sportsmanship time went into effect.
Taylor Rush added 15 points for the Lady Pioneers and Williams Baptist signee Kaylee Clark chipped in with 12 points and five boards. London Cuzzort also scored in double figures with 10 and grabbed six rebounds. Kayla Ward led the team in rebounds with 12.
The Pioneers started the night off with a matchup against the number four ranked team in the state, Marion Patriots.
The Patriots (9-1, 3-0) showed why they are one of the best teams as they won 76-52.
Senior John Paul Morgan opened up the contest with a put back layup to give the Pioneers (10-4, 1-2) their only lead of the night.
Morgan finished as they leading scorer for the Pioneers with 18 points.
After this initial score, the Patriots went on a 20-7 run to close out the quarter.
The Pioneers scored first in the second quarter, but still could not find any answer for the Patriots’ offensive attack.
The Pioneers trailed 34-18 after the first half.
Morgan’s best scoring quarter came in the third. He put up nine points, seven of which came in the first two minutes.
This scoring effort helped the Pioneers cut their lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers the fourth was the Patriots’ best scoring quarter of the night.
Marion put up 24 as a team to close out the game.
KJ Cross was the second leading scorer for the Pioneers with six. JT Morgan and Kyrese Johnson added five points.
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers will travel to Nettleton tonight to take on the Raiders and Lady Raiders.