Titles go to BHS JV boys, freshmen girls
It was a busy weekend for the Baldwin High School underclassmen basketball teams with tournaments. All four teams involved made the tourney finals, with the junior varsity boys and freshmen girls winning titles.
The JV tournament was in Baldwin, where the boys won the championship with a 56-41 victory over Santa Fe Trail. The JV girls fell to Santa Fe Trail in the finals, 49-35.
The freshmen tourney was at Spring Hill and the girls won the title with victories over Anderson County (50-25) and Gardner (76-40). The freshmen boys finished second after beating Anderson County 52-46 in the opener and falling 44-36 to Paola in the finals.
For the JV boys, the biggest battle was getting in the finals. It took three overtimes in their opener before they beat Basehor-Linwood 37-34. Sophomore Eric Brown's inside bucket helped seal the victory. Hugh Murphy, another sophomore, had 16 points in the win.
In the finals against SFT, BHS's JV opened a 15-12 lead in the first quarter and increased that to 31-20 at halftime. Both teams scored nine points in the third frame and Baldwin used a 16-12 advantage down the stretch to settle it.
"They showed me something I wasn't sure they had," said JV coach Troy Webb. "They stepped up and showed some guts, some heart. They turned it around from how they had been playing and looked almost like a whole new team. It's always fun to win."
Brown and junior Bo Donora both had 14 points in the finals and sophomore Eric Black was right behind with 13.
The JV girls only had eight players, but it didn't matter in their opener as they raced to a 60-30 victory over Basehor-Linwood. It caught up with them in the championship against SFT.
"I was proud of how they played," said JV coach Eric Toot. "They gave real good effort. We played them tough in the finals, but we just couldn't keep them off the boards."
Sophomore Colleen Kivett led the way in the victory with 19 points, followed by junior Mandy Moore with 14 and sophomore Jodie Bacon with 10. In the title game, Moore and freshman Anna Skaggs both had nine points and Kivett added seven.
In Spring Hill, the freshmen girls were led to the title with 19 points from Katie Martin and 10 by Kasey Pittenger against Anderson County. Against Gardner, Martin had 18 points, Pittenger 15, Ashley Taul 13 and MartiKay Hess 10.
"We played well in the championship game," said Bob Martin, freshmen girls coach. "That was our only close game this year when we beat them by six points. We did better than that this time."
For the freshmen boys, Joe Gipp had 18 points and Brian Lauridsen 12 in the victory over Anderson County. In the title game, Anthony Myrick scored 16 points and Lauridsen chipped in with nine.
"We made it to the championship game. We just ran out of gas," said Paul Thompson, freshmen boys coach. "They gave it everything they had at the end."