BJHS basketball teams win tournament, sweep Ottawa
Both Baldwin Junior High School girls’ basketball teams won their home tournament titles Saturday.
The BJHS eighth graders made easy work of both opponents. The Bulldogs began the day with a 57-5 rout of Anderson County. Madeline McCrary led the team with 16 points. Morgan Lober and Hailey Cope chipped in 13 and 10 points in the victory. Cope also grabbed 11 rebounds and recorded eight steals. Katie Jones dished out six assists in the win.
“We are blessed with many weapons,” coach Ted Zuzzio said. “We can all shoot, defend, pass and run the floor.”
In the tournament championship, Baldwin crushed Wellsville, 48-7. BJHS outscored the Eagles 15-0 in the first quarter en route to the home title.
Lober led the Bulldogs with 12 points. Morgan Linder also scored in double digits with 10. McCrary, Cope and Jones each added eight points.
“They played like the champions they are, together to the buzzer,” Zuzzio said.
While the seventh graders couldn't quite win in such a convincing manner, the Bulldogs still dominated their opponents. They dismantled Anderson County 39-8 in the first game.
All eight of the Bulldogs scored in the game. Sierra Hall led the team with nine points, while Jordan Hoffman added eight. Maddie Ogle and Corey Valentine chipped in six points each.
“Our first game was as well-balanced of a game as I could ask for from the girls,” coach Brenda Shawley said.
The tournament championship was much closer. Baldwin jumped to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, but Mill Creek played BJHS even for the next two quarters. Then Baldwin sealed the game in the fourth quarter as it won 22-11.
Only four Bulldogs scored in the victory. Emily Simpson scored eight points to lead the Bulldogs. Valentine added six, while Hall and Hoffman scored four each.
“Mill Creek’s team played extremely hard and tested us in the third quarter,” Shawley said. “We responded well with some key defensive plays that sparked our offense in the final quarter.”
Last Thursday, all four BJHS teams played Ottawa. The Bulldogs swept Ottawa that night. The eighth grade varsity (9-1) won 50-9 as Lober scored 12 points. Cope scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. McCrary and Jones also scored eight points as they recorded four assists each. Karina Steinke also grabbed eight rebounds.
The eighth grade junior varsity team (6-3) escaped with an 18-11 victory. Lesley Brown and Payton Staab each scored four points. Hannah Hutton had four assists in the win. Brittnay George grabbed six boards.
Despite a strong fourth quarter by Ottawa, the seventh grade varsity team (8-2) won 36-26. Valentine led Baldwin with 12 points. Hoffman and Valentine grabbed six rebounds each.
In its final game of the season, the seventh grade junior varsity squad (6-3) beat Ottawa 28-6. Kelsie Champagne led all scorers with 14 points. Emma Grossner added six. The Bulldogs recorded 27 steals as a team.
“We had a great year,” coach Susie Martin said. “We had lots of fun and a winning season. I am proud of everyone and pleased with their improvement.”
The varsity teams will play in the Frontier League Tournament tonight and Saturday to wrap up the season.
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