BHS girls tune up for showdown
There were a couple of easy games for the Baldwin High School girls this past week, but the real test was Tuesday night.
BHS's Bulldogs mopped the court with Eudora Friday night, 73-38, on King and Queen of Courts night. The Bulldogs followed that up with a 60-48 win over Gardner Monday in a weather-postponed make up game that wasn't as close as the score indicates.
The Bulldogs then took to the road for a matchup Tuesday against No. 1-ranked Spring Hill. Results weren't available by press time.
BHS tuned up for that contest by shaking the rust off from a 13-day, unplanned sabbatical from the hardwood because of weather. Eudora and Gardner proved to be perfect for that.
BHS showed that rust in the first quarter of the Eudora game, only building a 15-11 lead. But the rust started to fall off in the second quarter as BHS raced to a 36-20 halftime advantage. The Bulldog machine was well oiled and running in the third frame as they blew the game wide open with a 26-10 surge.
"We were just rusty in the first quarter and we shot a couple of air balls," said coach Eric Toot. "We were just out of sync, about a half step slow.
"I thought we played real well in the other three quarters," he said. "We shot well from the 3-point line (10 of 28). Defensively we were real solid again."
Toot was glad to see it, because he wasn't sure how the team would react after missing practice and games because of the recent ice storm.
"I was concerned about the game," he said. "I didn't know what to expect. They hadn't played for 13 days. Everyone contributed."
It was also a night were all six games, boys and girls varsity through freshmen, were swept from Eudora. Adding to the festive atmosphere was the King and Queen of Courts which featured four BHS players seniors Nicki Frerking and Casey Millstein and juniors Anna Skaggs and Katie Martin. Frerking was crowned queen and Skaggs was the princess.
"It was a good night for everyone," said Toot. "We had four girls up for the honors which shows what we have on this team. That shows what the student body thinks. These are good kids."
BHS had well-balanced scoring with Millstein leading the way with 14 points, followed by Kayla Pringle with 11, and Skaggs and Jodie Bacon both with 10. Colleen Kivett chipped in with nine points and Emily Brown had eight.
It was more of the same in the Gardner game as BHS jumped out to a 19-6 first-quarter lead and was up 36-18 at halftime. The Bulldogs were up by 19 points heading into the fourth quarter when Toot substituted freely. The victory improved BHS's record to 13-2.
"After the game I just told them it was time to concentrate on Spring Hill," he said. "We were a little rough in spots, but it was good to get them worked out.
"I was actually glad we played Monday night," said Toot. "At this point, I think we were much better off to have played. Practice is good for fundamentals, but we need to be playing right now."
But what all eyes were on was last night's Spring Hill game.
"It should be for the league title," said Toot. "We have two more league games, but this will probably decide it. They are the No. 1 team in the state, but I like our chances.
"It's going to be an exciting game," he said. "It's going to be important for sub-state seedings and both teams are undefeated in league play."