Thursday, November 30, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
Coming into last night, it was difficult to know exactly what to expect from the Batavia Girls Basketball team. Just five wins a year ago, and a roster which saw one of their top-players depart, the Blue Devils expectations for themselves, and from others seemed hazy.
However, after a big opening night victory over Livonia, in overtime, BHS is on its way to a resurgent season.
“I was super happy with our defense tonight,” said Batavia head coach Marty Hein following the 70-64 overtime win. “Our intensity was much better (than it’s been). This was a team we lost to last season by 30 points. Just a higher level of energy (this time).”
Leading the charge for the Devils on Wednesday night were junior Ryann Stefaniak and sophomore Emma Krolczyk. Despite fouling out before OT, Stefaniak sparked her team’s offensive attack with 24 points to go with 6 boards, while Krolczyk added 21 and 6 to compliment her teammate.
“Great game by both girls,” added Hein. “Emma brings energy to the floor, and Ryann (showed) her court awareness (tonight).”
In overtime, without Stefaniak, Batavia turned to senior Bri Janes, and freshman McKenzie Reigle – who each scored four points in order to pace the offense throughout the extra session. In total, throughout the contest, seven of eight Batavia players scored a basket.
“It was a great performance by all,” concluded Hein.
Next up for Batavia (1-0) will be Dansville on December 5th.
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