BHS girls blast past Buffaloes
LaCYGNE A prescription for the Baldwin High School girls to get well included two quarters of domination and a return to fundamentals. It worked to perfection here Friday night as the Bulldogs blasted Prairie View 70-41 to erase the memories of a slight two-game losing streak.
Even the sniffles were gone as BHS rode its hallmarks stingy defense which results in layups and a deep bench to the easy win. Not that a two-game losing streak is all that bad. It's just that the Bulldogs had been unbeaten and ranked high in the state polls before the Top Gun Tournament knocked them down.
Friday made it all better.
"We played very well," said coach Mike Berg. "It's nice to get back on the winning track. We turned it up a notch because it was a league game. We put the tournament behind us and are moving onward."
BHS is still unbeaten in Frontier League play at 6-0 and still has a sterling 11-2 overall mark. But the Bulldogs wanted to get the bad taste of turnover-plagued losses out of their mouths. They did it with a 20-7 run in the first quarter with the help of 14 points from senior Crystal Tutschulte.
"We wanted to come out and play a good first quarter and we did," said Berg. "We let down a little bit in the second and third quarters and played them pretty even. We exploded again in the fourth."
The second and third quarters were nothing to brag about. BHS added two points to its lead in the second for a 36-21 halftime lead. Prairie View rallied to a 16-9 advantage in the third frame to pull within eight at 45-37. That's as close as it got.
Baldwin High went on a 25-4 tear down the stretch using the old formula of steals and layups, along with strong inside play. Senior Janae Nuspl came up with a steal and passed to sophomore Jodie Bacon for a layup that re-established the double-digit lead at 49-37 with 5:31 left.
Senior Amber Frost kept it up with a strong inside move at the 4:15 mark, Nuspl added another layup and senior Christie Wingert scored on the inside with 3:35 left for a 56-37 advantage. It was more of the same from there as BHS went on to the 29-point win. Tutschulte led the way with 21 points, Wingert added 11 and Nuspl 10.
"Overall, we played very well," he said. "There wasn't anything that stuck out in my mind as to why except we took care of the ball and cut way down on the turnovers."
And, oh yes, there were the free throws. BHS had been troubled a bit by missed free throws. Not so Friday as the Bulldogs canned 17 of 18 tries. It doesn't get much better than that.
"That was a big thing we needed to improve on," said Berg.
It'll be a busy week for BHS. The Bulldogs traveled to Kansas City Tuesday to take on Schlagle, one of the top-ranked Class 5A teams in the state. Results weren't available by press time. On Thursday they play host to Gardner at 7:30 p.m. Then Friday it's home against Eudora, which will also be King and Queen of Courts night. The varsity should play around 6:30 p.m.
Another clean sweep
The BHS junior varsity and freshmen teams also won big Friday against Prairie View. Coupled with the boys' three victories, it gave Baldwin High a clean six-game sweep of the Buffaloes which is the second time that's happened this season. The Bulldogs pulled the same trick in the season opening games at Osawatomie.
In the JV game Friday, BHS won 60-30 behind 19 points from sophomore Colleen Kivett. The freshmen downed Prairie View 50-31 with Anna Skaggs leading the way with 14 points.
Both teams will be in action at home Thursday and Friday. On Thursday against Gardner, the freshmen will play at 5 p.m. and the JV at 6:30 p.m., both in the junior high gym. Friday against Eudora, the JV plays at 5 p.m. in the junior high gym and the freshmen around 8 p.m. in the high school gym.