Baldwin girls finally flex offense
GARDNER It was almost a double snow-out for the Baldwin High School girls last week, but they did manage to get in a Saturday game against the Gardner Trailblazers here and what a game it was. BHS bounced the Blazers 65-48.
The game was to have been played Thursday night, but the threat of ice slickened roads postponed the game until Saturday. Friday's scheduled trip to Eudora did get erased by snow and hadn't been rescheduled as of Tuesday.
The extra day didn't hurt the Bulldogs as they turned in one of their best games of the season against Gardner, according to coach Eric Toot, who wasn't real crazy about playing the Trailblazers again after beating them twice already this season.
"I was worried going in because they say it's hard to beat a team three times," said Toot. "But I think it was probably the best game we've played since Christmas."
BHS was only up 18-15 after a high-scoring first quarter, but put an 18-11 surge together in the second quarter for a 36-26 halftime lead. The Bulldogs put the game away with a 13-6 advantage in the third frame.
"We just put it all together," said Toot. "Defensively we played well again, which is what we've done all season. Offensively we shot 50 percent from the field and we only had 12 turnovers. We had three girls in double figures and nine girls scored points."
BHS had been shooting under 50 percent and had been plagued by turnovers since the Christmas break. The Bulldog goal is to keep the turnovers under 15 and they did that.
Emily Brown, a 6-foot-1 freshman, led the charge with 14 points. Casey Millstein, a 5-11 junior, added 11 points and 5-6 junior guard Jodie Bacon chipped in with 10 as the Bulldogs improved their record to 12-3.
"We just played well offensively, everyone did," he said. "Jodie did a good job getting us in our offense. We got a lot of good shots and we knocked them down."
Although it's unknown when the Eudora game will be made up, BHS will be in action Friday at home against Paola for sure. It will be a strange night as the boys will be playing Spring Hill, but the usual schedules will be followed despite two different teams being in town. The junior varsity girls will play at 5 p.m. in the junior high gym, followed by the varsity at 6:30 p.m. The freshmen will play at 8 p.m. in the high school.
As for the Eudora game, it's hoped that it can be made up before Tuesday. If it isn't, it won't count towards sub-state pairings. That could mean a Thursday game and that's okay with the coach, even if it would mean back-to-back games.
"I hope it's Thursday. We have to get them in before Tuesday," said Toot. "At this point, it's okay because I want to play it. I want to get it in. We've got a good shot at the second seed (in sub-state).
"I'm really not worried about playing back-to-back games," he said. "Kids go out for basketball to play, not practice. If we go to state, we'll have to play back-to-back games somewhere."
Currently, Burlington stands to be the No. 1 seed in the sub-state which will have the second and third rounds played in Baldwin. Both BHS and Ottawa have three losses and one or the other will be the No. 2 seed. Anderson County, which has six losses, is the likely fourth seed behind BHS and Ottawa. First-round games are played at the home sites of the top four seeds.