BHS girls lose three close league games
A busy week for the Baldwin High School girls basketball team concluded with a 41-35 loss at Louisburg on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs started the week off with a game against rival Spring Hill on Thursday night at home. They lost a nail-biter, 56-55.
"I thought that was a great game," coach Eric Toot said. "I thought both teams played well on both ends of the floor. It just happens we came out on the short end of it. Overall, it was a good game."
Baldwin had a chance to win the game, but a shot by sophomore Kelsey Verhaeghe fell short as time ran out.
Then the Bulldogs traveled to Prairie View on Tuesday to make up their postponed game from Feb. 8. Poor shooting doomed the Bulldogs in their 50-38 loss.
"We didn't seem to have the energy that we needed," Toot said. "We didn't play hard as we usual do on a consistent basis. Once again, we struggled to put the ball in the hole and that hurt us."
Baldwin shot 10 of 44 from the field in the loss, but did sink 13 of 14 free throws.
The Bulldogs capped the eventful week off at Louisburg on Tuesday night, hoping to rebound from the night before. Baldwin hung with Louisburg, but was defeated 41-35.
"We played a lot better as a team than we did last night," sophomore Kelsey Verhaeghe said.
After falling behind 5-1, Baldwin rallied to lead 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Bulldogs had five different scorers in the first quarter.
Baldwin went on a little drought in the second quarter, only scoring three points while allowing 10 points. Baldwin trailed 19-14 at halftime.
"I think we have done better at coming out in the first half," junior Amy Craig said. "I thought this game we did that pretty good."
Baldwin bounced back in the third quarter by scoring 13 points and only trailing 29-27 heading into the final quarter.
The Bulldogs battled back-and-forth with Louisburg in the fourth quarter before being forced to foul. Louisburg knocked down its free throws to get the win.
"We are just struggling in scoring right now," Toot said. "I thought we played a heck of a ball game with good effort and good intensity. We are just not knocking down shots, but we are taking good shots."
Toot said the team is taking good shots for the most part and trying to score more often.
"I thought we were getting good looks and the girls were being more aggressive offensively," Toot said. "They are playing with a lot more confidence. They just aren't going our way."
Craig said the team played better on Tuesday, despite the loss.
"We played better defense and our offense struggled but was better than last night," Craig said. "But we couldn't get the ball into the post or make easy shots."
Craig also said they are getting the looks at the basket they want.
"Most of the time we are getting the shots we want. We've just got to work on getting the ball in," Craig said.
Toot said the team is learning how to take defeats, but still has to think positive for the rest of the season.
"We just need to continue to play hard and stay positive and build our confidence," Toot said. "None of us have been through this like we are now, but we'll keep fighting."
The Bulldogs, now 8-9, will next play at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at home against Gardner-Edgerton. Then they will travel to Eudora to play at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.