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Batavia's Hannah Frazier and Minooka's Kelly Carnagio battle for a rebound during Holiday Tournament action in Oswego on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
Up only two points in the second quarter against Minooka in Oswego Holiday Classic action Monday, Batavia girls basketball coach Kevin Jensen called a timeout and had a simple message for his squad.
“I think it was just play a little harder, talk a little more,” Jensen said. “If we have to play with only three or four of you, then I’ll play with three or four of you.”
Needless to say, the Bulldogs got the message.
Batavia scored the final seven points of the first half and opened the third quarter on a 14-0 run to take a 22-20 game and turn it into a blowout. The Bulldogs led by as many as 34 points while cruising to a 70-38 win to improve to 8-3 on the season.
“I think that we had a slow start, which is something we don’t usually want to do,” Batavia junior Liza Fruendt said. “But we bounced back and we knew what we could do. We had to play with a little energy and we gelled. We came out of the locker room (at the half) and we wanted to get the lead to 20 or 30 and that’s what we did.”
Fruendt and Sami Villareal hit three-pointers after the second-quarter timeout to help the Bulldogs to a 29-20 halftime lead. Five different players scored during the 14-0 run to start the third, which pushed the lead to 43-20 with 5:05 left in the third.
“Once we got our pace up, we knew we were in good shape,” Jensen said. “Once we get some energy and get up and going up and down the floor a little bit, we’re usually at our best.”
Good ball movement was the hallmark of the Bulldogs’ offensive output Monday. They had 18 assists on 28 field goals, seven of which came from Villareal. That helped Batavia shoot 28-of-55 from the field, including 8-of-19 from three-point range.
“When we do get good movement, we’re going to get a post touch and score or an open three,” Jensen said.
Fruendt was one of four Bulldogs in double figures in the win, leading the way with 17 points. Erin Bayram scored 16, Hannah Frazier scored 13 and Miranda Grizaffi added 11.
Minooka (3-8) was led by Larissa McLemen’s 16 points in the loss.