BJHS varsity basketball teams improve to 3-0
Both Baldwin Junior High School varsity girls’ basketball teams improved to 3-0 on the season Monday night.
The Bulldogs began the Wellsville Tournament Monday with victories over host Wellsville. The eighth grade varsity won 37-5 while the seventh grade varsity squad defeated the Eagles 25-12.
In the eighth grade game, BJHS jumped out to a 17-5 lead at halftime. The Bulldogs held Wellsville scoreless during the second half.
Katie Jones and Morgan Linder led the team with eight points apiece. Morgan Lober added seven, while Hailey Cope scored six. Linder and Cope each grabbed six rebounds. Lober led the team with seven steals, while Jones recorded four assists.
“We played well defensively and I liked our work on the boards,” coach Ted Zuzzio said. “We’re happy to be in the championship game.”
BJHS also jumped out to an early lead in the seventh grade game Monday. BJHS led 16-4 at halftime, before being held scoreless in the third quarter.
Maddie Ogle was the high scorer for the Bulldogs with eight points. Emily Simpson added seven points to the win. Jordan Hoffman and Corey Valentine led the team in rebounds with 11 and seven. Simpson had six steals in the victory.
“We didn’t execute our best passing game tonight, but we will improve as Thursday’s opponent will be a good test for us,” coach Brenda Shawley said.
Last Thursday, both BJHS teams beat Wheatridge, with nearly identical scores. The eighth graders won 43-11 and the seventh grade score was 43-14.
Lober led the eighth grade with 14 points. Madeline McCrary added nine points. Karina Steinke, Jones and Cope each scored six. Linder grabbed 12 rebounds and Jones had seven assists.
“We were pretty outstanding running the floor,” Zuzzio said. “We had great passes and we finished our layups.”
In the seventh grade game, Simpson scored 13 to go along with Hoffman’s 10 points. Sierra Hall and Ogle added six apiece. Hoffman also grabbed eight rebounds. Simpson recorded seven steals.
“The team did a great job offensive rebounding tonight,” Shawley said. “We gave ourselves multiple opportunities to score.”
Both BJHS play in the championship game of the Wellsville Tournament tonight.