BJHS girls sweep all four tournaments
The Baldwin Junior High School girls' basketball program pulled off a remarkable feat Saturday with all four teams competing and winning their individual tournaments. A "once in a lifetime" happening.
In the Baldwin Invitational, the eighth grade varsity won their games handily, 40-8 in the preliminary game versus Anderson County and 30-9 in the championship game over rival Wellsville.
The seventh grade varsity also won easily in the opener against Anderson County 36-6. In a very exciting rematch, the Bulldogs defeated Wellsville in the tournament championship 31-26 in overtime. Kailyn Smith hit crucial free throws and Monica Howard put the game away with two big buckets in overtime as they scored five and four points, respectively.
The teams had played in two previous meetings with BJHS winning both by a total of two points and the first was for the Wellsville tournament title at the beginning of the season.
"It's always great to win a tournament and for all four of the teams to win this weekend was very special," eighth grade varsity coach Ted Zuzzio said. "This is probably the best eighth grade team in regards to passing that I have ever coached."
Leading the way in the eighth grade varsity' early win was Madeline Brungardt with 12 points, followed up with Kara Hoegerl's 10 and Alison Berg's six points. Berg led the Bulldogs in the championship contest with 10 points and eight rebounds while Claire Peterson chipped in eight points and six steals.
Kaysha Green netted five points and five rebounds and Carol Whaley also grabbed five rebounds in the winning cause. The Bulldogs are currently 10-4 for the season.
Standing at 12-2 for the season, the seventh grade varsity was led by Monica Howard's 10 points and Callie Enick's best rebounding performance with nine in the first game. In the championship, Howard connected for 12 points and led BJHS rebounders with seven.
Free throws were a deciding factor as the Bulldogs connected on seven of 11 at the stripe for 64 percent, while the Wellsville Eagles were one for nine.
Coach Brenda Shawley said her team's aggressiveness on defense was the key to the victories on Saturday.
"We did a tremendous job defensively, especially in the fourth quarter and the overtime in the Wellsville game," Shawley said. "The girls put a lot of pressure on the ball handlers and that was the difference in the game. Hitting four out of five at the free throw line was key for us, too."
In junior varsity action, the seventh grade played Ottawa in the first game at the Central Heights Tournament and won a close 14-9 decision. Annabelle Rosche led all scorers with seven points. In the championship game, the Bulldogs faced Washburn Rural and had a convincing 21-8 win to move to 11-1 for the season.
Emily Stephens netted seven points. Carrie Deitz scored six points and Jordan Christian scored four points and recorded eight steals in the victory.
The eighth grade junior varsity enjoyed similar results as it defeated Ottawa 26-11 and defeated Washburn Rural in the championship game 23-17.
Leading scorer for the first game was Ellie Parr with eight points, while Lakyn Clark netted six points. In the championship game Chloe Hay, Clark, Taylor Sanders and Ashley Fink all scored four points and joined their teammates with a 10-2 season record. Fink also grabbed 12 rebounds for the tournament to lead the Lady Bulldogs.
Tonight will be the last home game at BJHS with the eighth graders hosting Louisburg at 4 p.m. and the seventh graders going on the road to Louisburg.
A final junior varsity tournament will be held at Wheatridge Middle School Saturday in Gardner for both seventh and eighth grade teams.
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