BHS girls advance in sub-state play
There were three blow outs and one nail-biter for the Baldwin High School girls as the Bulldogs started their quest for a sub-state title and a shot at state.
BHS opened last week with a 71-36 thrashing of Osawatomie Tuesday. The Bulldogs looked like they were on the way to another blowout win against Prairie View on Thursday, only to see the Buffalos answer to force an overtime before BHS prevailed 69-60. BHS followed that Friday night with a 70-30 pasting of Louisburg.
Then BHS avoided a repeat of last year's first-round, upset exit in sub-state by blasting the Eudora Cardinals 70-41 at home. That moves the Bulldogs into the Mill Valley Sub-state Tournament semifinals Thursday against Bishop Ward. Game time is expected to be 6 p.m.
BHS coach Eric Toot wasn't surprised that the Bulldogs didn't stub their toe in the first round this year. But, he was glad to see it as his squad jumped out 22-10 in the first quarter, moved that to 41-22 at halftime and then coasted 29-19 in the second half for the win.
"We took care of business," said Toot. "That's one down and two more to go this week. We're taking it one game at a time.
"I think we played well against Eudora," he said. "We were intense and we were focused. We took care of it early."
BHS had four players in double digits. Sophomore post Emily Brown led the way with 19 points. Senior guard Jodie Bacon had 11 points and seniors Colleen Kivett and Casey Millstein both chipped in with 10.
As for the Prairie View near debacle, Toot was hopeful the Bulldogs learned from it. They had a 13-point lead going into the fourth quarter, only to see the Buffalos rally for a 26-13 edge to tie it and force the overtime. There BHS threw a shutout, outscoring Prairie View 9-0 to claim the win.
"I thought Thursday, hopefully in the end, will help us," said Toot. "We were down three times in the last few minutes and came back each time to tie it. Then in overtime, we dominated on defense.
"Prairie View played well they shot well and hit free throws," he said. "Prairie View is a solid team. We got up 13 points and we relaxed a little bit. They have two good players and they really got hot in the fourth quarter. We pretty well controlled the game except for the one quarter."
Leading scorers for BHS were Brown with 22 points, junior Anna Skaggs with 13 and Kivett with 11.
If the Bulldogs learned something from the close game, they put it to work the next night with the 70-30 lopsided win over Louisburg. BHS only went up 17-12 in the first quarter, but it was lights out from there. The Bulldogs then used 14-6, 23-4 and 16-8 surges in the next three quarters for the easy win.
"Friday was an exciting night," said Toot. "We had quite a bit of intensity. It was senior recognition night and we honored the 1982 state title team.
"I thought we came out and controlled the game," he said. "I thought we bounced back pretty well Friday."
Bacon led the way with 14 points, followed by Brown with 13 and 11 each from Skaggs and Kivett.
In the blow out of Osawatomie, Skaggs topped the scoring with 16 points, followed by Millstein with 13, Brown with 12 and Kivett with 11.
The victories moved BHS's record to 18-3 heading into the semifinal round of sub-state. If the Bulldogs win the semifinal bout, they would play in the finals at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Mill Valley. Their likely opponent would be Spring Hill, which owns two of BHS's losses on the year.