Bulldogs fall to Broncos
For the first half Friday, it looked like the Baldwin High School Bulldogs would give the Spring Hill Broncos all they wanted. But, the wheels fell off in the third quarter and BHS fell hard, 91-68.
The Bulldogs had a 15-10 first quarter lead, only to see Spring Hill go on a 24-13 second-quarter run to take the lead at halftime by a 34-28 count.
"We were down six at halftime and felt good where we were at, but had a lot of foul trouble," said coach Jeff Haas. "Things spiraled out of control on us in the third quarter."
Those wheels fell off in the third frame to the tune of a 40-18 surge by Spring Hill. Foul trouble and a string of three technical fouls didn't help the Bulldog cause.
"The story of the game was that Spring Hill played the way they wanted to play in the second half," said Haas. "They do a good job of getting their opponents to player their way. We got hammered 36-17 on the boards. Part of that was because we were once again short-handed up front and foul trouble caused us to play some strange combinations in the post positions. The other part was that we simply did not box out well enough to win.
"It feels like we just hit one in the water on the 14th hole," he said. "That will not change how we will approach No. 15 and beyond. We are going to play the course in a competitive and focused manner."
BHS came back with a 22-17 edge in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't nearly enough to make up the difference. BHS fell to 8-11 overall with the loss, while Spring Hill improved to 14-5.
Senior Andrew Hannon led the Bulldogs with 31 points and sophomore Jeremy Wright chipped in with 13. The duo has been the one-two punch since Hannon's return from injury a few games ago. In that span, he's averaged well over 30 points per game.
There won't be much rest for the Bulldogs, either, as they jump right back into Frontier League play tonight at home against Louisburg. All six teams -- boys and girls varsity, plus junior varsity and freshmen -- will be in action at BHS and the Baldwin Junior High School gyms beginning at 5 p.m.
The game gives the Bulldogs a chance to go out with a top finish in league play.
"Looking ahead, we have a chance if we play well at every position to finish 6-3 in league play on Thursday," said Haas. "Simply put, that would be an outstanding accomplishment.
"That is what our seniors deserve, but it will have to be hard-earned because Louisburg is playing real well right now," he said.