Defensive pressure lifts BHS girls to victory
The Baldwin High School girls' basketball team has found the answer to zone defenses.
For the second time in eight days, the Bulldogs unleashed a barrage of three-pointers en route to a victory.
BHS (9-3) sank nine long-range shots in its 46-32 victory over Anderson County at home Tuesday. Baldwin made 11 three-point shots in its win against St. Marys last week in the Top Gun Tournament.
"We had an emotional week last week and that's tough to come back from, so I was really happy with the win," coach Bob Martin said.
Senior Kelsey Verhaeghe again led Baldwin with four shots behind the arc. She scored 12 points in the win Tuesday.
"It was an ugly win, that's for sure," Verhaeghe said. "We fought it out and came away with a win."
Junior Callie Craig and sophomore Tracie Weege each added a pair of three-pointers. Junior Colby Heckathorne contributed the other.
Despite the numerous long-range shots, Baldwin players said defense won the game.
"Defense definitely won us the game," (Heather?) Garcia said. "Rebounds hurt us a lot. We played really good defense and even had some runs at times on offense."
Martin agreed, saying BHS was able to score off Anderson County turnovers.
"Our defense stepped up tonight, especially our full-court pressure," Martin said. "That ended up creating a lot of things. They ended up shooting poorly, because we forced them to shoot some of those shots. Our defense carried us tonight."
Junior Ashley Tucker didn't play Tuesday because of illness. That forced senior Becca Stroman to play more minutes in the paint. When she left with foul trouble, two other seniors came in to give Baldwin some good minutes.
"It hurts us a little bit," Martin said of not having Tucker for the game. "When Becca got in foul trouble, it took our post players off the court. Amanda (Vander Tuig) and Katie (Frank) came in and gave us some solid minutes."
Baldwin only led 25-19 at halftime, despite a nine-point lead earlier in the second quarter. BHS maintained its lead during the second half, without scoring many points.
"It was all right, but kind of sloppy," Garcia said. "One thing we didn't want to do was play down to their level and we did a little bit."
Although the game wasn't quite like BHS wanted it to be, Martin was still proud of his players' effort.
"We played hard and defensively we were pretty good," Martin said. "We got hurt a little bit on the boards, but other than that we didn't play that bad. I thought it was a good effort on the girls' part."
Baldwin will now play four games during the next seven school days. BHS will have one practice day between each game.
"I hope the girls take it as it ought to be fun," Martin said. "It gets them out of practice a little bit. They get to play a lot and it could be a really good stretch for us. It ought to be a fun stretch."
The first game will be at 8 p.m. tonight in Eudora. The freshman play at 5 p.m. and the junior varsity at 6:30 p.m.
"I think our girls will be looking forward to it," Martin said. "It's always a pretty good game and they are a tough team."
Then, Baldwin will travel to Spring Hill Monday. The schedule for the night is the same.
BHS will then host Santa Fe Trail on Wednesday and Osawatomie on Feb. 9. Both of those will be six-game nights with the boys' teams.