BJHS eighth graders win league tourney
On Dec. 13, the Baldwin Junior High School girls’ basketball season ended with an exciting victory.
It was the eighth grade varsity squad that finished its nearly unblemished season with a win. The Bulldogs (15-1) narrowly defeated Wheatridge, 20-19, to win the Frontier League tournament.
Kailyn Smith scored most of Baldwin’s points that Saturday afternoon. Smith racked up 13 points to lead the Bulldogs to victory. She also grabbed four rebounds and dished three assists.
Also scoring for BJHS was Kaitlyn Barnes, Kaitlin Jorgensen, Callie Enick and Monica Howard. Enick and Howard combined to grab 17 rebounds.
“This was as exciting and rewarding a finish as any game that I have ever coached,” eighth grade coach Ted Zuzzio said. “These gals played to the buzzer and are league champions. They’re just a wonderful group of young ladies with great parental and family support.”
Earlier in the day, the eighth grade varsity squad also beat Louisburg to advance to the championship game. BJHS won 42-26 over the Wildcats.
Howard led the Bulldogs with 18 points and nine rebounds. Smith added nine points, while Jorgensen contributed six of her own.
The eighth grade varsity team also won the Frontier League regular season, Wellsville Tournament and Baldwin Tournament titles.
The BJHS seventh grade varsity nearly had an championship victory also, but fell short in the final game. The Bulldogs were beaten 24-17 in the championship game to finish their season 11-5.
Hailey Cope and Katie Jones led the Bulldogs in scoring. Cope scored five, while Jones added four. Hannah Hutton, Morgan Lober, Alexa Ryan and Morgan Linder each scored two points.
“This team improved a lot over the course of the season,” seventh grade coach Brenda Shawley said. “I’m happy to see them be successful and stay together as a team. It was a great accomplishment to be playing in the championship game.”
The Bulldogs beat Pioneer Ridge earlier that day to advance to the championship contest. BJHS won that game, 25-24. Jones and Cope each scored eight points. Cope also grabbed 14 rebounds in the contest.