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Defense is key as Batavia routs Greece Olympia

You can’t make all of the shots you take, so when they don’t fall, you rely on other facets of the game.

That is exactly what Batavia did as defense was the key in their 49-26 rout of Greece Olympia.

The Lady Blue Devils came away with 19 steals, including five from sophomore Madison McCulley.

“Madison sees the court from both ends of the floor,” said Batavia Head Coach Marty Hein. “We’re not the same team when she’s not on the floor.”

While McCulley led Batavia on defense, another sophomore, Tiara Filbert, led the way on offense.

Filbert scored a game-high 17 points, pulled down nine rebounds and came away with three steals on the night.

It was a superb all-around night for the Blue Devils, as nine different players reached the scoring column and seven players recorded a steal.

“We have a great core to start with,” Hein said. “But our future is depends our depth. Right now the biggest thing we’re working on is getting the depth on the bench to carry forward.”

Sophomore Sam Cecere also chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for Batavia (5-1).

Phalen Greene paced Greece Olympia (0-5) with 10 points and four assists, while Melissa Carroll added 10 rebounds.

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