BHS girls lock up share of league title
It was a week of ups and downs for the Baldwin High School girls, but the Bulldogs came through it with at least a tie for the Frontier League title.
BHS beat Spring Hill 57-53 Tuesday in league play, but fell to Paola 58-45 Friday night in a non-league game. That sets up the season finale against Louisburg Friday for the out-right league championship. If the Bulldogs win, the title is theirs; if they lose, they'll own a share of it.
"It was a very big win for us against Spring Hill," said coach Mike Berg. "People have been saying they had been playing the best ball in the league and had really improved."
Senior Crystal Tutschulte scored 22 points in that game to join an elite group of BHS girls basketball players. Only a handful have scored 1,000 points in their career and Tutschulte joined the group after reaching the 999-point mark in the last home game against Eudora.
Also in double digits for BHS was senior Amber Frost with 15 points. The victory locked the Bulldog's league record in at 8-0 and the overall mark at 14-3.
"They started off with a 19-15 lead, but we held them to five points in the second quarter," Berg said of the win. "We used our half-court man-to-man and denied the ball to their standout freshman. We played real well defensively and the second quarter was the key."
But, then there was Friday's game with Paola. BHS fell behind early and never got back in it.
"We got it handed to us. Paola came out and got up on us 23 points by halftime," he said. "They beat us in every facet of the game. We weren't ready. They got a layup off the tip-off and it was all down hill from there."
Frost scored 14 points and Tutschulte added 12. That dropped BHS's overall mark to 14-4, but didn't do anything to the league mark because BHS had already beaten Paola in the league contest earlier. It sets up Friday's 6:30 p.m. match against Louisburg for the out-right championship.
"We have to win Friday against Louisburg, but we can't do any worse than tie," said Berg.
The BHS junior varsity and freshmen teams went through another unbeaten week and what a week it was for the freshmen. They played six games in five days and won the Tonganoxie tournament (see related story).
Tuesday, the freshmen beat Spring Hill 52-35 behind Anna Skagg's 14 points, 12 from Ashley Taul and 11 from Katie Martin. They beat Ottawa 42-28 Thursday with Taul scoring 12 and Kayla Pringle 10. On Friday they were tested against Paola, and actually trailed after the first quarter for the first time this year, before prevailing 42-31. MartiKay Hess had a dozen points and Pringle added 10.
The JV beat Spring Hill 57-37 Tuesday with 17 points from Skaggs and 12 from Casey Millstein. They topped Paola 50-43 Friday with Millstein scoring 12 points and Mandy Moore 11.
The victories moved the freshmen record to 18-0, while the JV has a 13-1 mark. Both teams play Tuesday and Friday at home, with the JV playing at 5 p.m. in the junior high and the freshmen at 8 p.m. in the high school both nights. It will close out the season for those teams.