BJHS seventh graders third in tournament
After a tough loss in the opening round, the Baldwin Junior High School seventh-grade girls rebounded with a 40-22 victory over Anderson County to claim third place in the Baldwin Tournament Saturday.
"The girls came back in this game and played as a team to win third place," said coach Brenda Shawley. "All players contributed to our success in this game, too. We did an outstanding job at the free throw line, hitting 16 of 33 for 49 percent."
Anderson County led 7-6 after the first quarter, but BJHS came up with an 8-6 edge in the second frame to lead 14-13 at halftime. Baldwin had 13-4 and 13-5 advantages in the third and fourth quarters to pick up the 18-point win.
Kelsey Verhaeghe had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead the way. Amanda Vander Tuig added nine points and Marie Ruona and Annie Hannon both had five rebounds.
"We played tough," said Kim Gilges, who chipped in with a pair of points and rebounds. "We played good defense. We also did really good at the free throw line."
The victory improved BJHS's record to 3-9 on the season.
In the opening game of the tournament, Baldwin fell 21-16 to Wellsville. The game was tied 4-4 at halftime and BJHS took a brief lead with a 5-4 edge in the third quarter. Wellsville rallied with a 13-7 advantage in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.
"This was an exciting game with both teams trading buckets for the lead," said Shawley. "They just managed to score more points than us in the fourth quarter."
Ruona was the leading scorer with six points and she also added six rebounds. Verhaeghe had five rebounds and five steals.
"We started out well and played really tough," said Emily Krysztof, another member of the team. "We got tired in the second half and let them outscore us."