CULVER — If Jimtown is a brick wall, then Culver’s Zoe Bauer was the bulldozer that broke through it.
The Cavaliers, led by Bauer, came from behind in the last minutes of the game to increase their Northern State Conference wins to two, with a W over the Jimmies, 41-33.
Jimtown came to Culver knowing they had to shut down the Cavs’ four-year varsity player. And for the first three quarters, they did just that.
“I think we did a great job on Bauer,” Jimtown head coach Randy DeShone said, “until the third quarter. He’s been around a while, and a kid like that is going to beat you.”
And beat them, he did. Culver trailed the Jimmies by eight points at halftime. But out of the locker room, they slowly started to chip away at the lead.
Culver head coach Kyle Elliott said their plan was patience. “We weren’t in panic mode,” he said, even though the Jimmies clearly controlled the pace of the game, with their deliberate and disciplined offense that waited patiently for the backdoor cut or flare.
“The kids didn’t panic,” Elliott said. “By the end of the third, we had cut the lead in half. We knew if we could get the lead, we could force them offensively to get out of their rhythm, which indeed we did.”
With Bauer’s leadership, the Cavs turned the game around. He started picking up the pace at the end of the third quarter, and with 5 minutes left in the game, his 3-pointer turned the scoreboard around. The 6-foot-2 senior, who led the Cavs with 24 points for the night, followed up the momentum change with an defensive rebound, quickly followed by two free throws.