Bulldogs rout Eagles
One way to get over a tough loss is to blow out your next opponent. Just ask the Baldwin High School girls' basketball team.
After losing to Paola last week, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 39-point rout of Wellsville. BHS (4-2) beat the Eagles 72-33 at home Friday night.
"It was a pretty big victory coming off the loss on Tuesday," sophomore Tracie Weege said. "We bounced back and won tonight."
Coach Bob Martin said Friday's victory capped off a good week for the Bulldogs, despite the loss to Paola.
"You don't know how you will come out after something like that," Martin said of the Jan. 2 loss. "You have to be concerned about the emotional part of it. I was really happy they came out and responded well. We were aggressive and sharp.
"It ended up being a good week for us, because I felt like we got better by the end of the week," Martin said. "You don't want to lose a game, but you do hope that you continue to improve."
Baldwin jumped on the Eagles early by beginning the game with six quick points. Wellsville responded with four of its own, but not before Baldwin went on a 10-5 run to lead 16-9.
"I was happy that we came out as the more aggressive team from the beginning," Martin said. "We pretty much kept it up the whole game. I was happy with that."
In the second quarter, Baldwin opened the floodgates as baskets were scored from everywhere. Five girls combined to rack up 28 points, which included seven free throws and three shots beyond the arc.
Senior Kelsey Verhaeghe scored 12 points in the quarter, while Weege added eight.
Baldwin not only scored 28 points in the quarter, it also held Wellsville to seven points in the period.
"I think we did get a little momentum going and we were pretty sharp offensively in the second quarter," Martin said. "I thought we were pushing things good and executing pretty well in the first quarter, but didn't have as many shots drop. Then we just got on a roll."
The Bulldogs continued to hit shots after halftime, but at a slightly slower pace. They outscored Wellsville 18-6 in the third quarter as six girls contributed points.
"We had a number of girls score," Martin said. "We were pretty balanced all the way through, which is how we've been all year."
Baldwin led 72-24 during the fourth quarter before Martin emptied the bench to allow some younger players a few minutes on the varsity level.
Weege led Baldwin in scoring with 17 points.
"Tracie came out and was very aggressive attacking the basket," Martin said. "She was 10 for 11 from the free throw line and those shots came from really attacking. That's what she does really well and it helps us a lot."
Weege said she had been struggling offensively until Friday's game.
"I was driving into the open lanes and finding the open people," Weege said. "I haven't been hitting those too well so I've been practicing a lot on free throws. It was big for me, because I didn't play well on Tuesday. It pumped me up for tonight."
Baldwin will next play Santa Fe Trail at 6:30 p.m. Friday at home.