BHS girls win back-to-back games
A third time was no charm for the Baldwin High School girls against Gardner, but it was fun to play Eudora. The thrills may have been different, but in back-to-back nights, BHS won a pair of games.
On Thursday, BHS struggled a bit before beating Gardner 55-44 to record its third win of the season over the Trailblazers. There was no such trouble Friday as the Bulldogs bashed the Cardinals 68-43.
"It was the third time we'd played Gardner and that's tough to do," said coach Mike Berg. "I give them a lot of credit, they came into our house and played real well. They knew what we did the first two times and they counteracted well. We hung in there and played with some patience and it paid off."
It was a different story Friday as a big King and Queen of Courts crowd and the cable television cameras were rolling to record the game against Eudora. BHS responded by hanging the 25-point win on the Cards.
"It was a good league win and it moved us to 7-0," said Berg. "We shot 34 free throws on the night and hit 23. It was fun to play in an atmosphere that was loud. Everyone had fun and the girls played hard."
It was really a carryover from the night before. BHS was sluggish against Gardner and was bitten again by the turnover bug 19 total for the night. The Trailblazers responded with a 12-9 lead in the first quarter and were up 26-24 at halftime. Then, BHS came alive.
After playing even for most of the third quarter, BHS got back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore Jodie Bacon and senior Janae Nuspl to finally take the lead at 36-32 with 2:32 left in the frame. The next time down the floor junior Suzie Weege canned an 18-footer to put the Bulldogs up by six. Gardner was able to cut that in half and trailed 39-36 heading into the final stanza.
That's when the Bulldogs really started to bite. A 3-pointer by senior Crystal Tutschulte just into the quarter keyed a 13-3 run that put BHS in control for good. Tutschulte and senior Amber Frost each scored a pair of buckets during the surge and sophomore Colleen Kivett chipped in with a pair of free throws as BHS went up 52-39 with 2:47 left. From there, it was free throw shooting.
"They hit some good shots from the outside and it kept them in the game," Berg said. "We got going in the fourth quarter and shot 11 free throws. We were able to hit some free throws and score without the clock running. We got some steals, too, but we did a good job pounding it inside and that got them in foul trouble."
Senior Christie Wingert led the steal brigade with five, most of them coming in the second half. Frost topped the scoring with 18 points and she also had eight rebounds. She was the lone player in double digits.
The Bulldogs picked up right where they left off with Gardner when they took to the floor Friday against Eudora. After the first quarter, BHS had a 25-8 lead. It never got closer.
Tutschulte led the way for BHS with 24 points. Frost was close behind with 19 points and topped the rebounding with 12. Wingert chipped in with 10 points. The victories moved BHS to 13-3 overall and 7-0 in Frontier League play.
To start the week, the Bulldogs fell to Kansas City Schlagle, one of the top teams in Class 5A, by a 70-43 count despite leading 17-14 at the end of the first quarter. Frost topped the scoring in that one with 14 points.
The Bulldogs were action Tuesday but results weren't available by press time. They travel to Paola Friday for another big game.
"We've got two of our biggest games this week," he said. "We go to Spring Hill Tuesday and then go to Paola. Spring Hill has one loss in the league and we've already beat Paola in league. The Spring Hill game is an important one for us."
Both the BHS junior varsity and freshmen teams continued their unbeaten ways with victories over Gardner and Eudora.
The JV beat Gardner 46-25, Eudora 51-11 and threw in a 48-37 win over Schlagle as well. Against Gardner, Casey Millstein had nine points and both Jodie Bacon and Kristen Wessel added eight. Bacon had 12 points and Millstein 10 against Eudora. Colleen Kivett led the way against Schlagle with 12 points, with Mandy Moore and Anna Skaggs both chipping in with nine.
For the freshmen, there were 53-28 and 43-17 wins over Gardner and Eudora, respectively. Kayla Pringle had 15 points, MartiKay Hess 12 and Skaggs nine against Gardner. Katie Martin had 10 points against Eudora.
The freshmen will be busy this week, playing Spring Hill Tuesday, a Tonganoxie tournament game Wednesday, Ottawa Thursday, Paola Friday and returning to tournament play at Tongie on Saturday. The JV will "only" have the Tuesday and Friday games.