BHS girls gallop to 70-point rout
The Baldwin High School Bulldog girls basketball team has started its season with a bang with control of its first game the whole night, right from tip off.
"The girls played outstanding. I couldn't have asked for a better start," said coach Eric Toot of the team's lopsided 87-17 blowout over league foe Osawatomie Friday.
The girls had a very intimidating lead from the start. In the first quarter junior Jodie Bacon had the first three-point shot of the night and after that the Bulldogs couldn't be stopped. At the end of the first quarter the score was 28-4.
By the second quarter, freshmen Emily Brown made three shots in a row in the first minute, and along with the amazing defense Baldwin played, at the end of this quarter they had taken the lead to 48-6.
"I felt we played really well together as a team. It was a great way to start off the season and hopefully we can continue playing as well as we played that night in the future," said junior Colleen Kivett.
The third and fourth quarters were just as hot as the first two, with junior Casey Millstein's turnaround shot to start the third and sophomore Erica Johnson's defensive efforts as she held a girl for five seconds resulting in another forced turnover for Osawatomie. By the end of the third quarter the score had soared to an amazing 68-9. In the fourth quarter to end the game Kivett put up a three-point shot and in it went to make the final score 87-17.
"I thought the girls came out with a lot of confidence and played an all-around great game from beginning to end," Toot said.
The Bulldogs were definitely in the spotlight on Friday, but the game wasn't the only highlight as several players had career nights. The top scorers of the game were Brown with 28 points, Kivett with 16, Millstein with 12, sophomore Anna Skaggs with eight, Bacon with seven, senior Tarin Troth with six, senior Mandy Moore with four, senior Kristen Wessel with two and sophomore Katie Martin added one.
"I'm just real excited about how the girls played and responded," said Toot. "For being so young and inexperienced, I was really pleased with how they responded.
"I think we can play with a lot of teams," he said. "Obviously, that was not one of the better teams in the league, but we'll be able to play with the better ones. I think they proved they'll be able to make some noise this season."
And, he said, the key to this year's squad is teamwork.
"I told the girls that's our biggest strength and they know it," said Toot. "They don't care who scores. They play well together and I think that showed Friday night."
Friday was also Toot's debut as head coach, although he's been involved with the program for years. He down played his first victory, but he was pleased.
"The girls made it easy," said Toot. "There wasn't much I could do. I thought the score got out of hand, but the girls played so good. It didn't matter who I put in, all 12 played well.
"The press got us off to a great start and after we took that off, the defense was still outstanding, both the zone and man," he said. "All 12 girls played at least four minutes. We just had 12 girls who all had good games."
The next challenge for the Bulldogs is this week's 2000 Cardinal Invitational Tournament at Eudora. They beat Belton, Mo., 71-44 in the tourney opener Monday. They played host Eudora Tuesday night, but results weren't available by press time. If they won that game, they play in the tourney finals at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. If they lost, they play the consolation game at 7 p.m. Thursday.