BHS girls rebound for third-place finish
After a dissappointing 62-48 loss to Highland Park on Thursday night, the Baldwin High School girls basketball team rebounded Friday to pull off a third place finish at the Paola Invitational.
BHS played Highland Park on Thursday night after the game on Tuesday was rescheduled because of the snow storm.
Baldwin got off to a rough start Thursday, scoring just five points in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs were down at half 36-18 but made a nice run in the second half to keep the game close.
"We got off to a rough start but gave an outstanding effort to get back into the game," head coach Eric Toot said.
The lady Bulldogs were led by senior Kari Garrison who scored 15 points including three baskets from behind the arch. Seniors Jamie Lawrenz and Kalie Harris also pitched in scoring 11 and 12 points, respectably.
After Thursday's loss, the Bulldogs then entered the consolation third place game against Bishop Ward.
Baldwin pulled off the win after a sluggish first half score. 59-51 was the final score.
"We were extremely fatigued in the first half," Toot said. "But we bounced back in the second half and played very well."
Bishop Ward lost to Maranatha Academy before moving on to play the Bulldogs.
BHS was again led by Garrison who scored 22 points. Senior Emily Brown was outstanding on the boards pulling down 14 rebounds.
The Bulldogs continue action Friday at the home opener against Anderson County. Varsity is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. in the BJHS Gymnasium.
"Not practicing last week because of the weather has pushed us back," said Toot. "We need to have an excellent week of practice before Friday's game."