BJHS varsity teams continue winning
Both Baldwin Junior High School varsity girls’ basketball teams won their home tournament championships Saturday.
The eighth grade squad defeated Wellsville 30-23 in the championship game. Kailyn Smith led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Monica Howard grabbed 10 rebounds, while Kaitlyn Barnes grabbed seven boards and collected five steals.
“This was a high-caliber junior high matchup with Kailyn Smith having a career night offensively and our team defense making the difference,” coach Ted Zuzzio said. “It’s great winning championships.”
The eighth grade team’s record was 11-1 before Monday’s game against Eudora. Also on Saturday, the eighth graders routed Anderson County 43-9. Smith led all scorers again with 11 points. Kelsey Dighans added eight to the win. Kaitlyn Christie grabbed 12 rebounds.
Last week, the eighth grader squad picked up two wins. The Bulldogs beat Ottawa 40-16 on Dec. 4 and Basehor-Linwood, 38-22, on Dec. 3.
On Saturday, the seventh grade Bulldogs beat Wellsville in the championship. BJHS won 36-10. Madeline McCrary and Hailey Cope each scored eight points. Morgan Lober, Katie Jones and Alexa Ryan added six apiece.
“We have played a lot of basketball in the last four days and the team has responded well,” coach Brenda Shawley said. “I am looking forward to seeing how we improve in the last four games.”
The Bulldogs crushed Anderson County 43-14 in the first game Saturday. Cope led the Bulldogs with 14, but Jones added 13 points.
The seventh graders also had two games right before Saturday’s tournament. BJHS beat Ottawa 39-22 and once again Cope led the team with 12 points. The day before, the Bulldogs lost a tough game to Basehor-Linwood, 38-18. Lober scored 10 points in the loss.
Both BJHS squads wrap up their season Saturday at their league tournaments.