BJHS girls’ teams successful early
Both Baldwin Junior High School varsity girls’ basketball teams are having successful starts to their seasons.
On Monday, both squads faced off against Paola, but split the results. The eighth grade varsity team defeated the Panthers 41-19 to improve its record to 7-1. Monica Howard led the team with 10 points and six rebounds. Kelsey Dighans, Kailyn Smith and Callie Enick each added six points.
“In all of my 32 years of coaching here I have never had a team come out and hit its first 10 shots from the floor, until that night,” coach Ted Zuzzio said. “It was very remarkable.”
The seventh grade varsity lost a nail-biter to Paola, losing 21-20. The Panthers scored 14 of their points in the fourth quarter. Katie Jones led the Bulldogs with six points, while Madeline McCreary, Morgan Lober and Hailey Cope added four a piece. The seventh grade team is now 5-3.
“We had opportunities to take the lead at the end of the fourth quarter, but the shots didn’t go in,” coach Brenda Shawley said. “We also didn’t match Paola’s intensity in the third quarter, but we are learning how to handle those situations better in the future.”
Last Thursday, the Bulldogs swept Spring Hill. The eighth grade team won 38-24, while the seventh graders defeated Spring Hill 38-15. In the eighth grade game, Kaitlyn Barnes scored eight points and Howard led the team with 12. For the seventh graders, it was Jones again with eight, but she was matched by Morgan Linder, who also scored eight points. Lober added seven.
“This was the first game our guards really looked inside for our posts and gave them good passes,” Shawley said. “It was nice to see our teamwork improving.”
The Bulldogs play Basehor-Linwood on Dec. 3. The seventh grade will be at home with the eighth graders on the road. The action begins at 4 p.m.