BHS falls to No. 1
The Baldwin High School girls were just outmatched in an added game on Tuesday night against Pembroke Hill, as it lost 46-22 to the No.1 team in small class Missouri.
"I was very happy with the way we came out and at least fought tonight," coach Eric Toot said. "I thought we showed a lot of emotion and a lot of intensity. But against a great team like that, we've got to execute a little better."
Baldwin gained an early 6-2 lead, but were down 29-10 at halftime after Pembroke Hill drained a last second 3-pointer.
The Bulldogs fought back in the second half, but just didn't have enough to close the lead below 17 points.
"We all felt better about this game than we did about he Bishop Ward game," senior Kari Garrison said. "We tried hard, but they were a good team."
Pembroke's only senior, Erneisha Bailey, was last year's Missouri Player of the Year and has signed to play at the University of Texas next year. She put up 26 points in their victory.
"I think she's the best player I've seen, as far as high school," Toot said. "There's a reason she's going to the University of Texas to play basketball. They just don't give those scholarships to anybody."
Toot said the reason for this game was to give the Bulldogs their 20th game of the season, because they had a bye in the Top Gun Tournament, leaving them a game short. He said no other teams around here would play them, so Pembroke Hill agreed to.
"I appreciate their coach coming down here and playing us and giving us our 20th game," Toot said.
Toot also said he has happy with the team's effort, despite the quickness of Pembroke Hill.
"I was extremely happy with the team's effort," Toot said. "We had 10 girls come in and give a good effort, especially on the defensive end and on the backboards tonight. The quickness is something that we weren't used to, and that's why I wanted to play a team like this. I think when you play a team like this, it makes other games easier."
The Bulldogs committed 19 turnovers and were out rebounded 36 to 28 in the loss. The defeat drops Baldwin to 15-4, 8-0.