BJHS girls are on a roll
The Baldwin Junior High School girls seventh- and eighth-grade teams were in action last week with both teams beating Wellsville and the eighth graders maintaining their unbeaten record with a win over Spring Hill.
The eighth graders downed Wellsville 36-10 on Tuesday and followed that with a come-from-behind 20-18 win over Spring Hill on Thursday. BJHS trailed 10-9 at halftime and 16-13 heading into the final frame. There the girls rallied, outscoring Spring Hill 7-2 to take the win and move their record to 6-0.
"We were fortunate to win," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "The TV show 'Survivor' comes to mind and we all would of been sent off the island."
Kara Tompkins topped the scoring for BJHS with seven points. Kyleigh Garman contributed seven rebounds and Lesley Haeffner had six steals.
The seventh graders were in a close one with Spring Hill, too, but fell 32-27. They had beaten Wellsville 34-9 in the previous game. Against Spring Hill, BJHS used 11 of 24 free throw shooting to stay in the game.
"We did a better job of rebounding this game and getting to the free throw line 24 times helped us stay within reach of Spring Hill," said coach Brenda Shawley.
Katelyn Miles led the way with 19 points, including five of 10 free throws, six rebounds and five assists. Denise Orloff helped big on the boards with 10 rebounds.
"I think that we played really good on defense and we had more rebounds than we've ever had," said Miles. "Overall, we played our best and did well."
In the Tuesday win over Wellsville, the eighth-graders were led by Trisha Cox's nine points, with Tompkins, Bailey Stuart and Jessica Walter all chipping in with six. Walter topped the rebounding with five and Tompkins had four assists. Haeffner contributed four steals and four assists.
"The little things my team did tonight made me very happy defensive hustle, unselfish passing and overall shot selection," said Zuzzio.
"I think the game showed a lot of good things such as defense and offense," said Cox. "Our team has improved a lot since last year. I hope we do good."
In the seventh-grade game against Wellsville, Orloff had a big game with 12 points and eight rebounds. Ellie Meinen had eight points , five steals and four assists.
"We had a really balanced game and everyone contributed to the win," said Shawley.
In the eighth-grade junior varsity game, BJHS beat Wellsville 11-8. Sarah Barkley had six points and six rebounds. Against Spring Hill, BJHS topped Spring Hill 11-7 behind Rebecca Verhaeghe's four points.
The seventh-grade JV beat Spring Hill 12-9 with Amanda Helm scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds. No score was available on the Wellsville game.
Next action for the varsity teams is Tuesday against Paola. After that, the next games aren't until Nov. 28 when the seventh-grade varsity and JV play host to Basehor-Linwood and the eighth graders travel to Basehor.