BHS girls drop first Frontier League contest
Spring Hill’s quickness and ability to drive to the basket proved too much for the Baldwin High School girls basketball team at home Friday night.
The Broncos were the first team all season with guards who could score at will against Baldwin. They also handed Baldwin (6-2) its first Frontier League loss of the 2010-2011 season.
Spring Hill outscored Baldwin in each quarter and had an 43-26 advantage in the second half as the Broncos won 70-46.
“Defensively, we didn’t have a very good night,” coach Bob Martin said. “We gave up too much penetration. They are a good team and they hit shots, but we gave up too much. We also had trouble keeping them off of the boards. I think those were the two biggest things defensively.
“We just didn’t play well on offense. We didn’t move the ball very well and we had a couple girls in foul trouble. It’s tough to take anything really positive out of it, other than it’s a learning experience.”
Senior Myranda Behrens agreed with her coach about the lack of defense.
“We didn’t play as well defensively, especially help defense as we normally do,” she said. “We got pretty flustered when they were playing that well.”
Baldwin had previously allowed only one team to score more than 50 points this season. That was to Louisburg, who scored 69 in a double overtime loss in December. Louisburg had 50 at the end of regulation.
Baldwin led Friday’s game early, but struggled to score during the final minutes of the first quarter. BHS led 8-7 before Spring Hill scored five unanswered to end the quarter. The Broncos never trailed after the quarter ended.
The Bulldogs hung tough in the second quarter and early in the third. Senior Ramie Burkhart scored four points to open the second half and close Spring Hill lead to three points. Spring Hill outscored Baldwin 37-15 during the 11 minutes of the game.
“Their guards are really strong, quick and athletic,” Martin said. “We just had a lot of trouble containing them tonight. It’s something that we will get better at.”
Baldwin battled foul trouble early in the contest. Sophomore point guard Kailyn Smith picked up her third foul in the first quarter. She sat the rest of the half on the bench while the Bulldog offense struggled.
“We just weren’t fluid or sharp offensively,” Martin said. “That’s something that Kailyn has to avoid. She had a couple of small, reach-in fouls. She just needs to realize that it’s important for us to have her on the floor.”
The Bulldogs had several days to get over the loss with practice time. They had six days between the loss and their next game.
“We are ready to play again,” Behrens said. “We had a good practice right after the Spring Hill game. I think our spirits are already up again. We realize that we just have to move on and still believe in ourselves.”
Baldwin will play Osawatomie at 7:30 p.m. tonight at home. The C-team and junior varsity squads will play first, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
BHS will play in the Top Gun Tournament in Wellsville next week. Baldwin’s first game will be Tuesday.
“It’s a really fun tournament,” Behrens said. “We might see Spring Hill again, so obviously we’re really excited for that chance.”