Bulldogs should ‘forget about’ loss
Spring Hill Friday's loss to the Spring Hill Broncos made a rougher road for the Baldwin High School Bulldogs, but they still have plenty to play for and good reason to forget about the loss.
"This is going to be a big test on how we come back and play," said coach Bobby Taul. "We can't dwell on Friday night. I told the kids to forget about it and let's go on learn from it and go on."
A victory against Spring Hill would have wrapped up the Frontier League title for BHS. But, there's still a chance for that with a home game Friday against Louisburg. Tuesday's game against Osawatomie, also at home, is the last game that counts towards the all-important sub-state pairings. Those become much more important that Friday's toe-stubbing.
"That makes Friday that more crucial," Taul said of the meeting with Louisburg. "Tuesday is important for sub-state pairings and Friday is big for league. We can't worry about someone else doing something for us. We've got to win those two games.
"Tuesday and Friday's games are big," he said. "This is a good bunch of kids and they can go as far as they want to go. It'll come down to how bad they want it."
What the Bulldogs need to learn from Friday's 74-52 loss is not to play into the opponent's hand. Taul said going into the game BHS would need to force Spring Hill's run-and-gun attack to play a half-court offense and play defense. In the first quarter that happened.
Baldwin High jumped out 14-5 behind the junior tandem of 6-foot-4 Heath Knight and Ben Cosman. The duo combined on a variety of inside-outside shots including a dunk and a 3-pointer by Knight for the lead. But Spring Hill answered with a barrage of 3-pointers and BHS was only up 22-21 at the end of a wild first quarter. It was also the Bulldog's last lead of the night as the Broncos took command in the second quarter and ran away with the game.
"Hopefully, it was a learning experience," said Taul. "Physically, we were beat. I go back and look at some of the other games we've lost and it's the same thing. If they get physical with us, we tend to let them do it and not fight back.
"I think in the second quarter we started to play their game," he said. "We came down a couple of times and didn't have the numbers and took a quick shot. If we would have stayed with our plan, it might have worked."
The loss dropped BHS's overall record to 11-7, while the league mark went to 7-1. Andy Meinen provided strong inside play and led the way with 18 points. Cosman was right behind with 15 points and Knight had 13.
Tuesday's results against Osawatomie weren't available by press time. Friday's game against Louisburg will match the varsity at 8 p.m. in the junior high gym and could be for the Frontier League title.
BHS's freshmen won Friday against Spring Hill, while the junior varsity lost.
The freshmen got off to a slow start, but finally pulled out a 45-28 win. Joe Gipp led the way with 13 points and Brian Lauridsen had nine.
The JV had an 18-9 first-quarter lead and were up 24-19 at halftime before losing 47-43. Junior Josh Donohue paced the scoring with 13 points.