BJHS basketball teams off to hot start
The Baldwin Junior High School girls’ basketball teams are off and running in 2008, while bringing home three wins on opening night last Thursday.
The eighth grade squads opened the season at home with the seventh graders on the road. The eighth grade varsity defeated a big and talented Gardner-Wheatridge team 34-27.
Kailyn Smith started the contest by hitting her first four shots of the first quarter. Smith gave the Bulldogs an early 10-3 lead. Forward Monica Howard led the Bulldogs with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
“I can’t be happier for these girls, because of how hard they worked together for this victory,” eighth grade varsity coach Ted Zuzzio said.
In the eighth grade junior varsity game, Baldwin came out on top, 23-20. Heather Ikenberry and Lexie Pratt each tossed in a game-high six points to help the Bulldogs win.
The seventh grade varsity won its first game of the season at Wheatridge, 27-14. Morgan Lober had a team-high 11 points and five rebounds in the contest. Katie Jones chipped in eight points to the victory.
“We did a really nice job rebounding, which was good to see,” seventh grade varsity coach Brenda Shawley said.
The seventh grade junior varsity fell to Wheatridge in a close contest. The Bulldogs lost 15-12, despite outscoring their opponent 8-1 in the fourth quarter. Payton Staab scored a game-high four points, while Lainey Rochester grabbed three rebounds.
On Monday night, both BJHS varsity teams had convincing wins over Spring Hill in the first round of the Wellsville Tournament.
The eighth grade varsity won 37-11 after surviving a sluggish first quarter of shooting. Howard paced the 2-0 Bulldogs with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Smith contributed eight points and six steals.
“We missed many wide-open shots early, but we kept our composure and kept executing,” Zuzzio said. “We also ran the floor well.”
The seventh graders won a tough battle, 35-24. Hailey Cope had a game-high 12 points and nine rebounds. Jones also scored in double figures with 10 points. Lober and Morgan Linder each grabbed five rebounds.
“I saw much improvement and I am excited for this team to be playing in the championship,” Shawley said.
Both teams will play tonight for their tournament titles. The seventh graders will play at 5 p.m. with the eighth graders to follow at 6:15 p.m.