Bulldogs have mixed results during week
After being blown out by Spring Hill and crushing Prairie View, the Baldwin High School boys basketball team lost a close game at Louisburg on Tuesday night 65-57.
Baldwin traveled to Louisburg on Tuesday hoping to pick up another Frontier League win, but came away with another close defeat.
"Again we were competitive, but we got to have guys make plays," coach Heath Cooper said. "That's how you win close games like this. Every game is going to be like this in this league and in sub-state."
Baldwin came out hot in the first quarter by making a 12-4 run to gain a 15-9 lead during the quarter. The second quarter was owned by Louisburg, as it overcame a seven-point deficit to tie the game 28-28 at halftime.
"It was probably one of the better first halves we played, especially the first quarter," junior Jeremy Wright said.
Once again the two teams battled in the third quarter, but Louisburg gained a seven-point lead heading into the final quarter.
Wright said the team struggled against Louisburg's zone in the second half.
"We started off in the flow, but once they switched to a zone, we kind of we struggled," Wright said. "It kind of threw us off."
The Bulldogs made a quick 5-0 run to start the quarter, but that was the closest they could come as Louisburg made free throws to secure its victory.
Sophomore Blake Wieden said the team played another game of two different halves.
"We played really strong in the first half, but in the second half we lost our intensity a little bit," Wieden said.
Cooper said the team played a great first half, but then gave up too many runs in the second half.
"They came out really good in the first half," Cooper said. "Our achilles heel has kind of been our slow starts. But we just have the stretches where we give up six or eight points, and that's the difference in the game."
Two other problems for the Bulldogs were allowing lay-ups on their press and Louisburg's zone defense.
"It hurt us, because we weren't doing our shifts right," Cooper said of the Bulldogs' full-court press. "We don't have certain guys dropping at the right time."
Cooper also said the team committed too many turnovers against the zone.
"We turned it over a little bit against the zone," Cooper said. "You should never turn it over against a zone ever. There is no reason for that."
Wright agreed the zone gave them problems.
"We just came out kind of tentative and flat," Wright said. "We weren't really attacking the zone like we should."
Junior Aaron Hannon was Baldwin's top scorer with 16 points, but Wieden was close behind with 15. Wright added 10 for the Bulldogs.
On Monday night, Baldwin took a trip down to Prairie View to play its postponed game. Baldwin pulled away in the second half to win 92-70.
Hannon led Baldwin with 19 points. Senior Austin Inzer turned in a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Wright also totaled a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while dishing five assists for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs were in the reverse role on Friday night at home against Spring Hill. Both teams played an up-tempo style of game and made many lay-ups.
Baldwin ended up wearing down in the second half and losing 98-71.
"We didn't play any defense," Cooper said. "We had a hard time stopping them. We felt like we could score with them, but we were really bad defensively."
Hannon again was Baldwin's top scorer with 30 points, while Wright added 19 points.
In eight of its 11 losses, Baldwin has lost by 11 or fewer points. The Bulldogs have a 6-11 record. Cooper said he needs someone to step up and make plays down the stretch to win the close games.
"We've got a couple guys making plays, and the rest of them are waiting for the game to come to them," Cooper said. "That's the biggest difference right now."
The Bulldogs next game is at 8 p.m. on Friday at home against Gardner-Edgerton. Then they travel to Eudora to play at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night.
"They are good, so we just hope we can play them close," Wieden said of Gardner-Edgerton. "It's at our home, so we should have an advantage.