BHS girls fall to rival Cardinals
Not even a 14-point halftime lead was enough for the Baldwin High School girls basketball team, as it lost 42-39 at Eudora on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs allowed a 12-0 run in the first three minutes of the third quarter, letting Eudora back in the game and eventually to the victory.
"We played a great first half, and then we lost all focus and we let them right back in the game in the first two minutes of the third quarter," coach Eric Toot said.
Baldwin took an early lead in the first quarter and expanded it in the second quarter. Baldwin hit three three-pointers in 59 seconds to build its lead to 13. The Bulldogs led 24-10 at halftime.
"In the first half, we played exactly how we need to play to win basketball games," Toot said.
Senior Katie Krysztof said the first half was one of their best all year.
"In the first half, we were incredible and doing everything right," Krysztof said. "It was probably the best all season."
But the next three minutes of the game would be the turn around for Eudora, as it scored 12 straight points to start the second half.
"After halftime, we didn't even come out with the focus to match up," Toot said. "They scored seven points off us not knowing who we were guarding. There is no excuse for that."
Krysztof said those three minutes really hurt the team.
"The first three minutes of the second half kind of killed us," Krysztof said. "We just came out unfocused and lost all of our momentum."
Junior Ellie Meinen said the Eudora run was caused by lack of talking on the court.
"We had a few communication problems and it seemed to kind of snowball," Meinen said.
Sophomore Kelsey Verhaeghe scored all eight of Baldwin's third quarter points. Baldwin led 32-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
Eudora made another strong run to start the quarter and took a 38-32 lead. Baldwin hung close and missed a last-second shot to tie the game.
"I have to give us credit; we never stop fighting," Krysztof said. "It's hard to put a full 32-minute game together, when you have three minutes that don't go well."
Toot said the team gave the effort most of the night, but had too many lapses.
"I thought we played hard all night," Toot said. "We just had some huge mental lapses in the second half. It just killed us. It gave them a lot of momentum. We kept battling, but we're not a good enough team to just give a team points."
Meinen was Baldwin's leading scorer with 12 points. Verhaeghe added eight points, Krysztof scored five and junior Amy Craig added seven.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs suffered a crushing loss to Gardner-Edgerton at home, 60-37.
"I thought we played a real solid game in the first half, but in the second half, their press rattled us," Toot said. "It took us out of everything we wanted to do."
Baldwin fell behind early in the game by only scoring two points in the first seven minutes. The Bulldogs trailed at the end of the first quarter, 10-6.
The Bulldogs went on a scoring spree in the second quarter, but so did Gardner. Baldwin went into halftime trailing 25-18.
"We handled their press and kept them off the backboards in the first half," Toot said.
Gardner outscored Baldwin 35-19 in the second half, blowing the game wide open.
"In the second half, we turned the ball over way too much," Toot said. "They just beat us on the offensive boards. When they did miss, they usually got it back and got a second shot."
Toot said the team had problems getting rebounds on Friday, and that cost them the game.
"Rebounding was the big problem," Toot said. "Defensively, on film, we were solid on the first shot, but we just let them get a second shot and we can't do that. We didn't go a good job of blocking out. We weren't as physical as we needed to be, and they took advantage of that."
Baldwin, which now has an 8-11 record, will play its final home game at 6:30 p.m. on Friday against Wellsville. It will be senior night for Krysztof and Kara Tompkins. The Bulldogs will play in the first round of sub-state on Tuesday at Prairie View.
"It's our final game at home for Kara and Katie, and I hope we just come out and do everything we can to win that ball game for our program and for those two girls," Toot said of Friday's game.
Meinen said the team really wants to win for the seniors on Friday.
"We really want to win the last home game for our seniors," Meinen said. "We just want to come out pumped up and ready to go."