Archive for Thursday, February 26, 2004

BHS girls have mixed bag of results

February 26, 2004

It was the tale of two completely different games for the Baldwin High School girls basketball team, now 15-4 overall and 8-0 in league, as it played Paola Friday and Bishop Ward Monday.

The Bulldogs traveled to Paola and came away with a 60-53 victory Friday night. But then turned around and went up to Bishop Ward on Monday night and were defeated 62-54 in a much different environment.

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"The difference between tonight and Paola, was that we out rebounded Paola, who was the bigger team than the one we played tonight," coach Eric Toot said. "We were able to control the backboards at Paola. All you have to do is look at one stat to compare both games."

In the Paola game, Baldwin started out quick, but fell behind 15-11 after the first quarter. But a huge second quarter gave the Bulldogs a 13-point lead at halftime, 36-23.

Paola closed the gap in the second half, but couldn't quite close it enough, as Baldwin held on to win the game and stay undefeated in the Frontier League.

"We came out ready for that game," senior Emily Brown said. "We got up early and had a cushion. We slacked off in the fourth quarter and they caught back up a little, but we had that cushion to fall back on."

Brown led Baldwin with 20 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Seniors Anna Gillispie and Kari Garrison also scored in double figures. Gillispie added 15 points, six rebounds and five steals, while Garrison put up 12 points.

Toot said the team played as a whole and played well together.

"Overall, I thought everybody played well," Toot said. "It was a total team effort. Nobody really dominated. Anna Gillispie had a great overall game, probably one of the best games she's ever played."

As a team, Baldwin shot 70 percent from the two-point range and 51 percent from the entire field. But the Bulldogs committed 19 turnovers, grabbed 33 rebounds and totaled 16 assists.

Toot said the team was able to rebound on Friday, which got them into their offense much easier than on Monday.

"On Friday, we were able to control the boards and that got us into our break," Toot said. "It let us get out and run a little bit."

On Monday, Baldwin traveled to Bishop Ward to play in a small, compact, old gym where the play is much more physical.

"We were having trouble blocking out," senior Jamie Lawrenz said. "We were all winded. It was really stuffy in there."

Toot said the Bulldogs were unable to rebound on Monday like they should to win the game.

"They had 16 offensive rebounds, we had three," Toot said. "We didn't rebound the entire game. Not like we need to, to win."

Baldwin jumped out to a 13-9 lead in the first quarter, but allowed a 3-pointer to go in as time ran out in the quarter.

The Bulldogs fell victim to another last second 3 at halftime to go down 31-25.

"Defensively, I didn't think we were very good in the first half," Toot said. "We got caught on a lot of screens. We weren't real sharp at the end of quarters. We gave up two 3s at the end of quarters, because we didn't pick up girls. That really swung the momentum."

Brown said Bishop Ward came out quick and gained momentum early, because she thought they might be tired of being defeated by Baldwin.

"When we've played them, we've always had close games, but we've come out on top," Brown said. "They had the momentum from the get go. They came out prepared and ready."

Baldwin fell behind by nine towards the end of the third quarter, but made a little run early in the fourth. The Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run to close the lead to 50-48, but that's as close as they would get.

Toot said the Bulldogs picked up intensity and defense in the second half when catching up.

"I thought the intensity as a whole picked up in the fourth quarter," Toot said. "Not to say we were dogging it the first three quarters. But we need that kind of effort for four quarters, not just one. We were playing with more intensity and getting out and challenging them a little bit more on defense."

Toot said Bishop Ward was getting more rebounds because it was a total team effort to rebound.

"Bishop Ward was giving the extra effort tonight on the boards," Toot said. "They weren't conceding that one girl was going to get it, they had three or four going to the boards. Sometimes we were getting caught standing flat-footed."

Brown led all Baldwin players with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Garrison added 10 points for the Bulldogs.

"Emily Brown was incredible tonight," Toot said. "She kept us in the game. She took control and did what she could on the boards."

Baldwin plays host to Louisburg at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the junior high school. This is the Bulldogs' senior night and will be the final home regular season game for six seniors.

"Our girls will be excited to play," Toot said. "I think they'll come out and play well. And that's our goal is to win that league title."

The Bulldogs will also play host to the first round of sub-state at 7 p.m. on Monday night at home to a team still to be determined.

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