Tourney opener a laugher, too
GARDNER Yikes!!! It was even more lopsided here Monday night as the Baldwin High School girls hammered Kansas City Turner 77-18 in the opening round of the Trailblazer Invitational.
"I think they were better than Osawatomie, but we played better," said coach Eric Toot, whose team opened the year with a lopsided win Friday over the Trojans. "Defensively, we were very good again. The difference tonight was our offense was so much better. We only had three turnovers in the first half."
BHS smoked Turner 19-7 in the first quarter. The Bulldogs followed that by shutting out Turner 23-0 in the second quarter for a 42-7 halftime lead. A 21-6 surge in the third quarter by BHS left little doubt to the outcome.
"We took the ball to the hole," said Toot. "We had a lot better ball movement. They seemed a lot more confident than they did Friday."
Toot was also able to substitute freely again. It showed in the scoring, too. Sophomore Kari Garrison led the way with 15 points. She was joined in double-digit scoring by junior Anna Skaggs with 14 points and post Emily Brown, a sophomore, and Casey Millstein, a senior, both with 13.
But, the easy games are over. BHS faced Gardner in the second round of the tourney Tuesday night. Results weren't available by press time. The Bulldogs will also play Friday, whether that's in the finals at 8:30 p.m. or not.
"The games are going to get a lot tougher now," he said. "The game will be tough Friday, no matter what happens."