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Batavia girls basketball’s effort ‘good’ enough

BATAVIA – The Batavia girls basketball team held off scrappy Larkin on Tuesday to take a 62-42 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory.

“It was one we needed to get and be confident with,” said Batavia coach Kevin Jensen. “I think we had some real nice stretches, but I think we we had some times where we needed to be a little more focused and have a little more effort.”

The Bulldogs (6-1, 3-0 UEC River) scored the first 11 points of the game. Larkin scored its first basket at the 4:20 mark on a jump shot by Haley Casebeer.

Liza Fruendt scored 14 of her game high 29 points in the first quarter.

“It wasn’t our best game,” Fruendt said. “But it was good effort by everyone.” 

Batavia widened its lead to 19 points, leading at the half, 34-15, after leading, 21-6, after the first quarter.

Larkin (1-5, 0-2) rallied in the third quarter and outscored the Bulldogs, 13-8. 

The Royals closed the gap to 12 points (38-26) on two Victoria Patterson free throws. The senior guard scored 16 points for Larkin. The quarter ended with the Bulldogs ahead, 42-28.

The Batavia starters watched the first half of the third quarter from the bench as Jensen wanted to give his bench more playing experience.

“It was good to get our full squad a lot of minutes since we have nine games in the next two and a half weeks,” Jensen said.   

“He was able to take his A team out there and rest them [in the third quarter]. I thought we would be able to make a run there,” said Larkin coach Ruben Flores. “My hat’s off to my kids. The come out every night and play hard.  The score doesn’t show it but we are getting better ” 

The Bulldogs opened the fourth quarter with a 13-3 run to seal the victory.

Freshman guard Marlee Kyles scored a team-high 18 points for the Royals.

Hannah Frazier scored 10 points while teammate Erin Bayram scored nine.

Batavia travels to Waubonsie Valley on Thursday night for a Upstate Eight Conference crossover contest. Tipoff for the game is 7:15 p.m.

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