Early lead propels BHS girls over Northern Heights
Baldwin High’s girls’ basketball rebounded after Saturday’s loss at Wellsville by putting Tuesday’s game away in the first quarter.
BHS lost the Top Gun Tournament championship to Spring Hill Saturday night. The Broncos defeated BHS 56-49 even though Baldwin led most of the game.
The Bulldogs came out Tuesday firing early. They outscored Northern Heights 18-4 in the first eight minutes of their home game.
“We were a little bummed after the Spring Hill game, so we wanted to come out and win this game,” said junior Ramie Burkhart, who led BHS with 11 points. “The early lead really got us going. It gave us some confidence after the loss Saturday. We just kept playing hard, especially defensively, all night.”
The Bulldogs stomped the Wildcats 47-26 to improve their record to 8-5 this season. They only outscored the Wildcats by seven points for the remaining three quarters.
Baldwin jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first 1:12 of the game. Burkhart scored two layups after forcing a pair of Wildcat turnovers. Junior Allison Howard recorded the other basket by grabbing an offensive rebound and going back up to score the layup.
Junior Myranda Behrens added two layups on fast breaks for the Bulldogs. Senior Rachael Enick and Howard also scored later in the quarter, with Burkhart adding two free throws. Baldwin also held the Wildcats scoreless for the final 5:30 of the quarter.
“We had a really good first quarter,” coach Bob Martin said. “We kind of put the game away in the first quarter. We came out really strong and put them away early.”
Northern Heights closed the Bulldogs’ lead to seven before halftime with back-to-back three pointers. However, the Bulldogs answered with baskets from Behrens and senior Katie Brecheisen.
Baldwin kept the Wildcats on 14 points for the first four minutes of the second half as it went on an 8-0 run. The Wildcats never got closer than 16 points after the quick run by BHS.
The Bulldogs won by 19 points, but Martin knew the game could have been even more wide open. His Bulldogs only made 13 of 25 free throws and missed more than a dozen layups.
“We got a lot of stuff offensively, but we just didn’t finish stuff,” he said. “We missed a ton of layups and some free throws. The shots just weren’t falling tonight. We were running well and we were getting the ball in the right spots, so I was really happy with that. The outcome isn’t always there, but the effort tonight was great.”
After the game, Burkhart joked about the missed shots near the rim.
“We’re just saving those for Gardner,” Burkhart said. “We will be really pumped up for that game Friday.”
Baldwin will next play at 6 p.m. Friday at Gardner. Then BHS will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Eudora.
“It will be a really big challenge for us Friday,” Martin said. “We’re looking forward to it.”