Weege leads BHS girls to narrow win
Tracie Weege drained a trio of three-pointers in the second half, where she scored 15 of the Bulldogs’ 21 final points.
The Baldwin High School senior finished the game with 17 points to lead the Bulldogs to a victory Friday.
“She’s a good shooter, but she didn’t hit much in the first half,” coach Bob Martin said. “She gets down on herself a bit. I just told her to have a little confidence and faith in yourself. She has to understand she’s a good shooter.”
The Bulldogs (4-1) beat Central Heights 32-24 at home. Weege’s 15 second-half points helped the Bulldogs separate from the Vikings. She sank six free throws in the final 8:05 of the game to lead BHS to its fourth victory of the early season.
“We were finally able to get just a little bit of a cushion on them,” Martin said. “I thought we played really well defensively all night. We just got enough going offensively to get a small cushion at the end.”
The teams were deadlocked at 11-11 at intermission. BHS sophomore Ramie Burkhart broke the tie with a layup early in the third quarter. Burkhart added another two points later in the quarter to boost the BHS lead to four points.
However, the Vikings soon answered with a three-pointer to close the gap. Weege’s foul shots separated the teams once again. Her pair of three-pointers earlier in the quarter also kept the Vikings from taking the lead.
Central Heights played a 1-3-1 zone defense on the Bulldogs all night. Martin said they had trouble scoring against the Vikings, but found a niche in the second half.
“We hadn’t seen it at all and it took us a while to get adjusted to it,” he said. “We did start to move the ball well and get some good shots out of it. We finally started hitting some shots in the second half.”
Neither squad produced much offensively during the first 16 minutes. In fact, Baldwin only made four field goals, while Central Heights converted five. BHS only scored two points in the first quarter.
“The game was a grinder,” Martin said. “I thought we played pretty well defensively and we had to. The lid was on during the first half and I wasn’t sure we weren’t going to get it off for a little bit. I just told them to keep shooting and eventually the shots would go. I thought we played pretty well in the second half tonight.”
While Weege was the offensive hero of the night, Martin was thrilled with senior Alex Zordel’s post defense.
“I thought Alex Zordel did a great job on defense for us tonight,” he said. “She’s been a really consistent player for us during this early season. She has to overcome a lot size wise, but all of our girls do.”
The Bulldogs will return to action after the break on Jan. 9, when they host Eudora. The six-game night will begin at 4:30 p.m. Before that contest starts, the Bulldogs have much to work on, according to their coach.
“We have a long ways to go on things,” Martin said. “We’ve got to be much more efficient offensively. Our shooting has to come around a bit, but I think we’re a lot better shooting team than we’ve shown. Rebounding is something we have to always work on, because we’re not very big.”