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Bulldogs lose final regular season game; ready for sub-state

February 24, 2008

Both Baldwin High School varsity basketball teams head into the Class 4A sub-state action with a defeat in their last game.

The Bulldogs were beaten by Ottawa on their home floor Thursday night. It was the final regular season tune up for both teams. Now the Bulldogs must shake off the losses and focus on the postseason.

The BHS girls will play at 7 p.m. Monday at Spring Hill for their first round game of sub-state. The Bulldogs lost to the Broncos 57-56 in Spring Hill Feb. 15. Baldwin's record is 10-10 and they are the No. 6 seed in the sub-state tournament.

"It's a fine match-up with me," coach Bob Martin said. "We feel like we have a shot down there. It's going to be a tough game for us. We'll just have to see how we bounce back."

The BHS boys will host De Soto at 7 p.m. Tuesday for their first round game. Baldwin (16-4) is the No. 1 seed in its sub-state. The Wildcats beat Baldwin 54-48 at De Soto on Jan. 25.

"In our sub-state it wasn't going to matter who we got, because it was going to be a tough game," coach Eric Toot said. "In our sub-state, somebody is going to have to win three tough games. I think we have a good shot, but it's definitely one game at a time."

Against Ottawa, the BHS girls were narrowly defeated 44-41. The Bulldogs trailed by one point with 1:26 remaining in the game, but failed to score in the rest of the game.

"You feel bad for the seniors for losing their last game on their home floor," Martin said. "We gave great effort and really came to play tonight. We had some good chances to win at the end but just fell short."

On the boys' side, Thursday's game against the Cyclones didn't fare so well. Baldwin was crushed 53-29 in its final regular season game.

"We just need to forget this game and move on to Tuesday," Toot said. "I thought we battled the whole game, not that we played well though. We kept trying to claw our way back, but just couldn't get anything going offensively."

The Signal will update its Web site after the sub-state games. There will also be full stories on both games in Thursday's Signal.

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