BHS girls overcome offensive woes
LOUISBURG -- Poor shooting from the field and the free throw line didn't stop the Baldwin High School girls' basketball team from notching a win here Tuesday.
Despite only making 14 of 47 (30 percent) shots and 16 of 31 free throws, the Bulldogs (4-2) won their second Frontier League game by defeating Louisburg 48-42.
"We were on top the whole game, but we had several chances to put them away and we never did," coach Bob Martin said. "Offensively, I think we made a lot of bad decisions. We really didn't execute well on offense."
Baldwin beat Central Heights on Dec. 15 to earn its first road victory. Tuesday's win gives BHS a league record of 3-1, with its only loss being a five-point defeat to Paola.
"It felt good," junior Ashley Tucker said. "We talked about it and that's what we wanted to do. We knew this was going to be a tough league game, so we were excited to win."
Martin was also thrilled to win another road game, especially one where the Bulldogs didn't shoot the ball well.
"It's good to get a road win and we are 3-1 in the league, which is really positive," Martin said. "It's good to win a game where you struggle just a little bit. All of that was pretty positive."
BHS maintained a steady lead throughout the game, but never went on enough of a scoring run to put the Wildcats away. Baldwin led by five at halftime and six at the end of the third quarter.
"It was a struggle all night offensively," Martin said. "Our girls really played hard. I thought we executed well at the end by taking care of the ball and hitting free throws. That part was good for us, because it's good to win a game where we had to do that."
Baldwin battled a cold free throw shooting night, but was able to sink the important ones late in the game.
"We struggled early with them, but we hit some key ones down the stretch," Martin said. "Heather (Garcia) was six for six for the game."
Since the offense wasn't clicking, the Bulldogs stepped up their defensive pressure against the Wildcats.
"Defensively, we played pretty well," Martin said. "Our board work wasn't really strong, but our defense won the game for us. We created some problems and got some turnovers."
Tucker said the Bulldogs could never get both phases of the game working well at the same time.
"It was a physical game, so we really had to come out and play hard," Tucker said. "It was an up and down game for us. When it came to offense and defense, if one was working, the other wasn't."
Senior Kelsey Verhaeghe once again led Baldwin in scoring as she racked up 18 points. Tucker added 11 points and Garcia contributed eight.
The freshman and junior varsity Bulldogs both suffered tough losses Tuesday.
The freshman team lost 35-31. Krista Seaman scored 18 points in the loss. The JV Bulldogs were defeated 34-29, despite sophomore Alex Zordel's 11 points.
BHS will host Santa Fe Trail at home on Friday. The JV and varsity teams will play in the Baldwin Junior High School gym at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. The freshmen will tip off at 8 p.m. in the BHS gym.
"It's going to be a tough battle," Martin said. "It's always a good rivalry. They have some size and they've got a really outstanding post player. Hopefully, we are ready to play on Friday."