BHS girls use 20-2 run to get victory
GARNETT -- It took a late 20-2 run for the Baldwin High School girls basketball team to pick up a Frontier League victory here Friday night.
The Bulldogs ended their three-game losing streak with a 14-point victory over Anderson County, 53-39.
"It was an important game for us," coach Eric Toot said. "We're not used to having losing streaks. But we're a young team, and we knew we were going to have some tough stretches this year, because we play in a real tough league. I'm trying to convince the girls we are better now than when we were 6-1."
Sophomore Kelsey Verhaeghe said she was glad to get a win and hopes it will propel them through the rest of the season.
"It's always good to get off the losing streak," Verhaeghe said. "Hopefully, it will give us a little wining streak for the rest of the season."
Baldwin made the 20-2 run during the third and fourth quarters to put the game out of reach. The run started with a three-pointer by Verhaeghe.
"We had more intensity and played more as a team," Verhaeghe said of the scoring run.
After jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead, Baldwin maintained a small lead throughout the first half and led 21-20 at halftime.
"We came out a little slow again, but we picked it up and played pretty well defensively in the second half," junior Ellie Meinen said.
Anderson County gained its only lead of the game at the 2:50 mark of the third quarter, 26-25. Then Anderson County went up two, 28-26, with 2:07 left in the quarter, before Baldwin went on its run.
"Once we lost the lead in the second half, we really picked up our intensity," Toot said. "We made a commitment to going ahead and doing whatever it took to win the game."
In a matter of seven minutes, Baldwin erased a two-point deficit and turned it into a 16-point lead with just over three minutes left in the game. Baldwin held on to its lead and won the game by 14 points.
"It was nice to come out and play hard, and then be rewarded with a big win," Meinen said.
Verhaeghe was Baldwin's top scorer by making five of six from the free-throw line and scoring 15 points. Meinen added 10 points and five assists in the win.
Sophomore Amanda Vander Tuig scored nine points by sinking two of three three-pointers and three of four free throws. Junior Katelyn Miles added seven points while junior Denise Orloff grabbed 10 rebounds.
Meinen said the team's offense has improved throughout the season, but they still have trouble knocking down shots.
"Our offense has come a long way since the first game of the season," Meinen said. "As soon as we start knocking down shots consistently, we will be pretty tough to beat."
The Bulldogs were scheduled to play at Prairie View on Tuesday night, but the snowstorm postponed the games until Monday night. Only the varsity will play on Monday with the girls starting the two games at 5 p.m.
The Bulldogs will play on back-to-back nights next Monday and Tuesday, with both games on the road.
"It's not the best situation in the world, but it's a challenge that we are going to have to face and go out and play hard," Toot said.
The Bulldogs will play Spring Hill at 8 p.m. tonight at Baldwin Junior High School. Then they will play at Prairie View at 5 p.m. on Monday night, before turning around and taking on Louisburg at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at Louisburg.
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