BHS girls blast Trojans
The Baldwin High School varsity girls basketball team earned the girls' program's 1,001st win of all time Friday after the junior varsity team won the program's 1,000th earlier that night. The Bulldogs outscored the Trojans of Osawatomie 34-10 in the first half on their way to a blowout 69-29 win.
Coach Eric Toot was pleased with his team's performance, although he knows there will be tougher tests right away.
"I thought for the first game our girls were really focused," said Toot. "In games like that in the past, we would lose our intensity. We didn't do that.
"They gave a great effort," he said. "Execution wise, we did excellent. Fundamentally, we did some great things, like running the break. Of course defensively we were strong and pretty much took them out of the game early."
The biggest plus was getting the season off to a quick start with a win.
"Yes, it is," said Toot, "and more importantly we played well. Sometimes you win and don't play well, but we played well.
"I saw some good things after watching the game on film, some of those things you miss during the game," he said. "We'll find out more this week. We've got several games against much stronger competition."
Junior standout center Emily Brown led the team, finishing with 18 points, six steals and five assists. Senior Anna Skaggs led the team with seven rebounds. The Bulldogs grabbed 32 boards on the night. Skaggs also scored eight points.
"Overall we dominated, not only on the scoreboard, but on the floor as well," said Skaggs. "We did a lot of things right all the little things we have been working on."
Senior guard Kayla Pringle had a rough night making just one of seven 3-pointers and four turnovers. Pringle did still muster 11 points along with three rebounds, assists and steals.
The teams' depth proved to be too much as all 11 players on the bench saw floor time and all but one scored. Junior Kari Garrison had an impressive performance with nine points, including two of two from beyond the 3-point arc.
"There wasn't much of a drop off," Toot said of his bench players. "We've got 10 girls that can play at any time, in any situation. Last year we only had eight."
The team was almost flawless, shooting a respectable 56 percent from the field. The Bulldogs only weakness seemed to be how they dealt with the fast-paced transition game that they are so good at, as they turned the ball over 17 times. Even with these turnovers, the team had 15 steals of their own.
The team took part in Eudora High's annual invitational tournament this week. The team began Monday in the first round versus Highland Park. The championship game will be played at Eudora High on Thursday. Next up for the Bulldogs after the tourney is Dec. 20 at Anderson County High School.