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Girls Basketball: Batavia beats Rich South 51-35

A mere 14 seconds into Saturday’s third-place game at the Oswego Hoops for the Troops Holiday Classic against Rich South, Batavia senior Erin Bayram went down and many in the gym feared the worst.

The Boston University-bound Bayram already has suffered an ACL tear in her career. But fellow senior Liza Fruendt could tell this time was different.

“She’s my best friend. You can kind of tell the difference between the ACL and an ankle,” Fruendt said. “I knew it wasn’t that serious right away because she took a pause before she realized something was wrong with her.”

The team was able to take a breath, knowing that the injury wasn’t too serious. But Bayram spent the rest of the game on the bench icing the ankle, leaving the load to fall to Fruendt. As she has all season, Fruendt was up to the challenge.

Fruendt scored 32 points to lead Batavia to a 51-35 win to take third place in the tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team.

“She’s not even at 100 percent right now,” Batavia coach Kevin Jensen said. “She’s part of the reason why I get into these bad habits of not taking a timeout. I never know if she is going to do something special on a play. I don’t want to take that away. This is what should be happening for her during her senior year. She works so hard.”

Consecutive threes from Fruendt to end the first quarter broke open a close game. She then scored Batavia’s first eight points of the second quarter as the Bulldogs (10-2) took a 24-13 lead into the half.

“If you give her an inch, she’s going to take the shot,” Rich South coach Brian Mays said. “She’s a good player, take nothing from her.”

The lead swelled to 20 points at 33-13 before Rich South (7-5) started to creep back into the game. An 8-0 run cut the lead to 33-21. But Fruendt drilled a three at the end of the third to push the lead back to 17 and the Bulldogs were able to hold the Stars off from there.

“It was a good tournament,” Mays said. “It’s a different kind of basketball here compared to back where we are. A lot of fundamentals, you have to be patient. There were a lot of positive things that we took out of this.”

Dasia Evans led Rich South with 13 points, all in the second half. Tierra Webb added 11 points. Webb and Tierney Lockett were named to the all-tournament team.

Hannah Frazier had nine points and 11 rebounds for Batavia and was named to the all-tournament team.

“She’s 6-foot-2 in the middle of our zone and man D,” Jensen said of playing without Bayram. “You can’t replace that. Everybody stepped up and did their role. It was a little scary without her. We’ll see how she is on Monday.”

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