BJHS eighth graders finish unbeaten
The Baldwin Junior High School girls eighth-graders capped off a perfect season here Thursday with a 44-17 whipping of Louisburg to finish unbeaten.
"I thought our team did an awesome job this year," said Katelyn Miles, the team's leading scorer and rebounder. "We've improved so much from last year. We worked hard every game to get to the end and we made it undefeated."
BJHS compiled a 14-0 record. That helped the girls to capture three titles the Frontier League, Wellsville Tournament and Baldwin Tournament crowns. The last game was indicative of the season as the Bulldogs averaged 42 points a game, while holding opponents to 17.
"This was a very special team who listened and did everything I asked of them," said coach Ted Zuzzio. "They made me proud each and every game as they worked hard on every possession. And I give special thanks for their wonderful parents, families and friends for outstanding support."
Against Louisburg, BJHS raced to a 13-7 first-quarter lead and increased that to 20-8 at halftime. A 12-1 surge in the third quarter put the game away for good.
Miles led the way with 20 points, five rebounds and five steals. Denise Orloff topped the rebounding with eight. Ellie Meinen chipped in with seven points and Andrea Hamilton added six rebounds.
"Our team motto was 'Let's roll' and that's just what we did," said Jessica Hill, another member of the team.
The eighth graders had maintained the unbeaten record with a 42-20 win the previous Tuesday over Spring Hill. Meinen topped the scoring in that one with 18 points. Orloff had 10 rebounds. Miles had nine points and steals to go along with six rebounds.
In junior varsity play, BJHS beat Louisburg 15-11 to finish the season at 8-3. Morgan Grissum and Amanda Helm both had four points.