BHS girls win senior night
After a five game skid, the Baldwin High school girls basketball team rebounded to take down Wellsville 61-38 during senior night on Friday.
"I thought that our hard work was finally rewarded," coach Eric Toot said. "We've battled through some tough times in the past couple of weeks. Tonight we just put it all together and played a very solid basketball game."
Baldwin played host to the Eagles for the final home game of the season, and final home game for seniors Kara Tompkins and Katie Krysztof.
"It was probably by far both Katie and I's best games," Tompkins said. "I told the team I would probably cry if we lost."
The team drew motivation from senior night in order to break their losing streak.
"We all had a lot more energy and intensity," sophomore Kelsey Verhaeghe said.
Sophomore Amanda Vander Tuig agreed.
"We really felt like they [the seniors] worked hard and paid their dues," Vander Tuig said. "It was the least we could do to try our hardest and get them the win."
The Bulldogs came out hot taking an early 13-5 lead after the first quarter of play. The scoring evened up in the second quarter, but Baldwin still went into the half dominating 24-13.
The game resumed after the half, and the game turned into a shoot-out. The Bulldogs almost doubled their first half score with 22 points in the third quarter alone. Wellsville was held to only 15 in the third.
Baldwin continued to outscore Wellsville in the fourth quarter as well, and gave playing time to every player, especially the seniors.
"We were really pumped, because it was our senior night," Krysztof said. "We wanted a win before we headed into sub-state, and try and build some momentum. We just came out on all cylinders. It was so much fun."
Baldwin was a tough team to beat, having three players with double digit points. Junior Ellie Meinen led the team with 13 points and three steals. Junior Denise Orloff helped in the win by bringing down 10 rebounds. Krysztof ended her last home game having a monster game by tacking up 11 points. Vander Tuig shot 80% to add 12 points to the board.
Ending the regular season on a win really boosts the confidence of the team.
"We really wanted the win to get momentum going into sub-state," Vander Tuig said.
(Kyle Lauridsen, BHS Correspondent, contributed to this story)