BJHS is tourney champion
The Baldwin Junior High School eighth-grade girls remained undefeated and claimed the Baldwin Tournament championship Saturday with a 49-15 victory over Paola.
BJHS won the title in convincing fashion, too. Baldwin opened with a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, extended that to 19-5 at halftime and blew the game away with a 30-10 advantage in the second half.
"This team makes me very proud to be their coach," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "They are the true meaning of a team."
Katelyn Miles was the major force with 20 points, six rebounds and eight steals. Denise Orloff had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jessica Hill also had six rebounds.
"We came ready to win and we played tough," said Hill. "We beat them up and down the court for a lot of easy baskets. It was a great team win and championship."
The victory moved BJHS's record to 12-0 on the year.
Baldwin topped arch-rival Wellsville 53-18 to advance to the championship game using a similar script. BJHS jumped out 13-3 in the first quarter, was up 26-9 at halftime and used a 27-9 edge in the second half to pick up the win.
"Our execution on offense and defense and relentless hustle on each possession was very evident in the victory," said Zuzzio.
Miles and Orloff again paced the attack. Miles had 14 points, six rebounds and 10 steals. Orloff had 13 points and eight rebounds.