Paola girls pull away for Baldwin in second half
Paola — The Paola Panthers won the battle of two runner-up 4A teams from a year go, defeating Baldwin on Tuesday, 69-51.
Paola, the second-place team in 4A Division I, and 4A Division II runner-up Baldwin lost significant inside muscle and depend on pressing defenses to make up for those losses. Both teams were able to handle the pressure, which proved a big plus for Paola, who exploited what height they do have returning with 5-10 senior Morgan Lauden scoring a game-high 21.
Lauden scored the first five points of the third quarter, helping Paola go on a 14-1 run to start the second half after the Panthers led, 33-29 at half.
Paola 69. Baldwin 51
Paola (4-1) 23 10 16 20 - 69
Baldwin (3-2) 16 13 12 10 - 51
Paola scoring: Taylor Williams 7, Rheanna Leckner 8, Matti Morgan 15, Skyler Williams 2, Morgan Laudan 21, Chandler Karr 10, Ady Edwards 6
Baldwin scoring: Fayth Peterson 6, Abby Ogle 4, Taylor Cawley 9, Megann Lawrenz 8, Kyna Smith 14, Madeline Neufeld 8, Kayla Kurtz 2