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Offensive woes hurt BHS girls in league games

February 9, 2006

After surviving a close game against Anderson County Friday night, the Baldwin High School girls' basketball team struggled offensively in its loss to Prairie View Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (12-3) lost to the Buffalos (10-6) 43-39 after only scoring six points in the fourth quarter and making nine of 21 free throws.

"It was a hard loss," coach Bob Martin said. "We didn't shoot well and we didn't execute really well. The girls did give good effort and battled pretty well."

Martin said the Bulldogs have hit a little slump in their free throw shooting.

In the last six games, the Bulldogs have hit 56 of 110 free throw attempts.

"They were pretty big," Martin said of the missed free throw. "We had lots of chances to get some things done. We have been a good free throw shooting team, but we have just been in a bit of a slump lately. It cost us tonight."

Both teams were tied at 35-35 in the middle of the fourth quarter, but Prairie View was able to make a few baskets, while Baldwin only made one field goal in the final quarter.

"I thought we fought pretty good," Martin said. "We had the lead inside four minutes to go, but we just didn't get anything the rest of the way."

The Bulldogs also battled foul trouble down the stretch when sophomore Ashley Tucker fouled out in the middle of the fourth quarter. Tucker started the game in place of senior Denise Orloff, who didn't play because of illness.

Prairie View outscored Baldwin in the final minutes of the game with lay-ups and free throws.

"We have been really successful executing at the end of games all season," Martin said. "Tonight was really the first time the first time we didn't."

Junior Kelsey Verhaeghe said the team had problems stopping the Buffalos and couldn't hit shots to catch up.

"Our defense wasn't really active," Verhaeghe said. "Offensively, we couldn't really make shots. We didn't ever pick it up."

The beginning of the game was a series of runs. Prairie View started the game with an 8-0 run, but Baldwin answered back with a 10-0 run that led into the second quarter.

Martin said missed shots hurt the Bulldogs early on.

"I don't know for sure, but I wish I knew," Martin said of the slow start. "We had shots, we just didn't hit shots."

Then the Buffalos went on a 7-0 run, but Baldwin took a 21-19 lead into halftime. Prairie View used its offense to take a 35-33 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs only made 13 of 56 shots from the field Tuesday. Senior Ellie Meinen led the team with 12 points. Senior Katelyn Miles and Verhaeghe each added 10 points in the loss.

Verhaeghe said the loss was tough, especially because they didn't practice well Monday.

"It hurts, because we didn't have a very good practice Monday," Verhaeghe said. "We weren't really focused going into the game and so we just need to refocus and get Spring Hill."

On Friday night, the Bulldogs hung on to beat Anderson County 46-41 in overtime.

"We struggled a bit offensively, especially in the second half," Martin said. "I was really pleased about how tough the girls fought. Things weren't going really well, but they hung in there and competed at the end. They never got down and just kept playing hard. I was happy with that."

Baldwin led 23-13 at halftime, thanks to an 8-1 run late in the second quarter.

"The first half was pretty solid," Martin said. "Defensively, we were very good. We did enough on offense to have a nice little lead."

Baldwin only managed to score five points in the third quarter, as Anderson County closed the lead to 28-24. With Baldwin leading 36-33 late in the fourth quarter, Anderson County drained a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, Baldwin's offense picked up and the Bulldogs sank free throws to hang on for the win.

Miles led Baldwin in scoring with 15 points, while Verhaeghe added nine of her own. Orloff grabbed 11 rebounds. Miles and Verhaeghe grabbed eight and nine boards, respectively.

"Denise Orloff had a really good night," Martin said. "She didn't score much, but she had 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals. She had a very good night."

Baldwin only made 13 of 46 field goals attempts and hit 18 of 30 free throws in the win.

"I think we did a lot of things well and got good shots," Martin said. "The shots just weren't falling. We did an awful lot of things well, but sometimes you just don't shoot well."

The Bulldogs next game is at 8 p.m. tonight at Spring Hill. The freshman girls start at 5 p.m. and the junior varsity girls at 6:30 p.m.

"Spring Hill will be a good game, because it's a bit of a rivalry and we always want to beat them," Verhaeghe said. "Hopefully we can regroup and get them."

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