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Batavia starts quick in win over Waubonsie

12/06/2012, 10:12pm CST
By Chris Walker

Liza Fruendt scored 22 points as Batavia scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back in a 61-38 victory over Waubonsie Valley.

Waubonsie Valley traveled to Batavia on Thursday night for an Upstate Eight Conference crossover and quickly fell behind, 8-0.

The Warriors never recovered, falling behind by as many as 19 in the first half, as they dropped their eighth straight to open the season, 61-38.

Batavia (6-3) was able to feed the ball inside to Hannah Frazier (6 points, 8 rebounds) and Erin Bayram (11 points, 5 rebounds) to open the contest, which allowed the Bulldogs a great deal of offensive freedom the rest of the evening.

“I thought we worked really well in moving the ball as a team and when we didn’t get a shot inside we passed it back out,” Bayram said. “We’d work it around the perimeter and either get it back inside, kick it out and penetrate or whatever we could do to score.”

With the Warriors having to battle down low, Batavia’s Liza Fruendt took note, attacking the basket as well as scoring from outside en route to a game-high 22 points.

“If we get a hold of Fruendt then we’re not so bad,” Waubonsie Valley assistant coach Dave Saurbaugh said. “But she’s a really great player and their other girls were complementary enough that they hit shots when they didn’t have her.”

Waubonsie Valley (0-8) played evenly with the Bulldogs after falling behind 19-8 after one quarter. The Bulldogs only outscored the Warriors by one point in both the second and third quarter, and Waubonsie trailed 43-30 heading into the fourth quarter before the Bulldogs put the game away for good.

“They’ve got some nice size and quickness,” Batavia coach Kevin Jensen said. “So it was nice to jump ahead early. I thought we had some real nice spurts and we didn’t force our threes. Tonight it seemed like they all came in the flow of the game.”

The Bulldogs connected on seven three-pointers. Miranda Grizaffi connected twice and was the third Bulldog player in double figures with 10 points. Fruendt led the team with three field goals from beyond the arc.

Andrea Colin and Morgan Grastorf led the Warriors with 11 points each.

“Morgan had the best game she’s had this year,” Saurbaugh said. “She battled on the defensive end, had some rebounds and finished her shots. I thought she played a really solid game so I was happy with her play.”

Waubonsie Valley head coach Dave Owles was unavailable as his wife gave birth earlier this week.

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