HANCOCK — It’s safe to say Bishop Walsh’s girls basketball team has Hancock’s number.
The Spartans have three wins this season. Two have come against the Panthers, including Wednesday night’s 49-25 victory.
“The girls are starting to learn how to play together,” said Bishop Walsh coach John Steiner, whose Spartans defeated Hancock 56-30 on Jan. 7. “I think we can beat more teams if they play like they’re capable of.”
Bishop Walsh showed its capability by building a 10-2 lead in the first quarter to take control of the game early.
The Spartans added 12 points in the second quarter, 13 points in the third and 14 points in the fourth quarter. Beth Dalton led Bishop Walsh with 20 points.
“(Dalton) is a good offensive player and plays good defense, too,” Steiner said. “She’s an exchange student from England, but she already knew the game before she got here.”
As Dalton paced Bishop Walsh, Hancock sputtered. Offensively, the Panthers failed to capitalize in the paint. Defensively, Hancock simply lacked focus.
“We missed some easy shots, got frustrated and then the effort dropped on defense,” Hancock coach Todd Ruppenthal said.
Hancock (5-10) battled back from its early eight-point deficit to get within 20-16 shortly before halftime. It was the closest the Panthers would get to Bishop Walsh the rest of the game.
“We came out after the half and missed some easy shots in the paint and (Bishop Walsh) capitalized,” Ruppenthal said. “If we’re going to struggle offensively, we have to keep our defense up.
“We just have to learn how to battle through adversity. I really thought we turned the corner on that, but we really dropped back tonight.”
Bishop Walsh led 22-16 at the half and outscored Hancock 27-9 in the second half to secure the win.
Olivia Hager had 10 points for the Spartans, including a rare four-point play.
Sara Wagner led Hancock with eight points and nine rebounds, while Joan Leavy added six points and nine boards.
JV— Bishop Walsh, 34-16 (H: Kara McKinley 8, B: Mock 14).
Bishop Walsh 49, Hancock 25
BISHOP WALSH (3-12)
Dalton 20, Hager 10, Ruppenkamp 7, Winner 6, Czapski 2, Fuzie 2, Morin 2. Totals 22 2-5 49.
Wagner 8, Leavy 6, Shives 6, Shoemaker 4, Bain 1. Totals 12 1-6 25.
B. Walsh 10 12 13 14 — 49
Hancock 2 14 4 5 — 25
3-point goals — Bishop Walsh 3 (Winner 2, Hager).