Baldwin girls overwhelm Tonganoxie in season-opening basketball game

Tonganoxie junor Mykah Wingerter defends against senior Courtney Douglas during the season opener between the two schools. Baldwin won the contest 63-19. Enlarge photo

December 4, 2015

Sophomore Abby Ogle poured in 19 points as the Baldwin High School girls overwhelmed a visiting Tonganoxie team, 63-19, Thursday in the season-opening basketball game for both teams.

The game was over quickly as Baldwin built a 23-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter, employing a running and pressing up-tempo game. Ogle led the way in the opening quarter with nine points for the Bulldogs.

“We were going really fast,” Ogle said. “We played at pace we wanted.”

Baldwin lost three starters 5-10 or taller from the 2014-2015 team that finished 21-4 and earned a second-place trophy in the 4A Division I state tournament. The Bulldogs do, however, return two starting senior guards in Madeline Neufeld and Kyna Smith and two other backcourt players who saw significant minutes in Ogle and junior Taylor Cawley.

Those four started with senior post player Lily Fursman, but Baldwin coach Bob Martin followed through with his promise to rotate fresh players in often to keep up the defensive pressure, often substituting in a hockey line-change manner of five players at a time.

Baldwin 63, Tonganoxie 19

Baldwin 23 16 17 7 — 63

Tonganoxie 3 7 7 2 — 19

Baldwin scoring: Fayth Peterson 4, Abby Ogle 19, Taylor Cawley 10, Megann Lawrenz 5, Kyna Smith 11, Madeline Neufeld 6, Lily Fursman 6, Courtney Douglas 2 (three-point baskets, Ogle 2, Smith 2)

Tonganoxie: Rachel Schuck 2, Cheyenne Ford 4, Kaitlin Hall 3, Mykay Wingerter 2, Taylor Lee 4, Mackenzie Price 4. (three-point baskets, Hall 1)

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