Baker girls run winning streak to six games with victory over Wolverines
Baker just keeps on keeping on.
Baker’s Savannah Daly is surrounded by two Weiser defenders while attempting a shot during the Bulldogs’ 51-37 non-league win Tuesday at BHS. Daly finished with 12 points. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs have won six games in a row, and eight of their last nine.
The most recent victory came Tuesday, a 51-37 win over Weiser, Idaho,
in the BHS gym.
“This was a good win; a nice warmup for Mac-Hi Saturday,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
Seniors Dallas Defrees, Savannah Daly and Kristen Hoopes led the
Bulldogs against Weiser. Defrees led Baker with 14 points. Daly added
12 points, including a pair of three-point baskets in the first
quarter. Hoopes came off the bench to tally five points in relief of
Mackenzie Warner leads Bulldogs to first win at Ontario since 2000
Baker made history Friday during its Greater Oregon League girls basketball game at Ontario.
The Bulldogs earned a 53-31 victory over the Tigers to open the GOL season. The win was Baker’s first at Ontario in nine years.
“This was my first win here as coach,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“And, it was our first win at Ontario since 2000 when Courtney Warner,
Mackenzie’s older sister, was point guard for the Bulldogs.
“This is only the second time — the other was in 2003 — that a team I’ve coached has defeated Ontario,” Smith said.
Friday, Baker left little doubt as to the outcome.
The Baker girls basketball team made it five wins in six games
Saturday, defeating Grant Union 60-45 at John Day. The Bulldogs’ lone
loss during that stretch was by one point to Burns.
“The girls came out focused. I’m real pleased with the way we’ve been playing during this stretch,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“The girls came out and played pretty steady for three quarters. I
thought we executed pretty well, but didn’t play as sharp as we did
Friday at Ontario,” he said.
Baker held Grant Union to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.
“We had too many turnovers in the fourth quarter. We talked about finishing better,” Smith said.
Baker rallies in second half to defeat Fruitland for the first time in three meetings
The third time was the charm for Baker against Fruitland in non-league boys basketball action Saturday.
The Bulldogs, losers in two earlier meetings with Fruitland this
season, came from behind in the final three minutes to edge the
Grizzlies 57-48. Baker outscored Fruitland 11-2 in the final 3:12.
Baker coach Craig Woods said a defensive switch from the previous
meetings helped the Bulldogs stay close the entire game Saturday.
“We played zone almost the entire game,” he said. “We started figuring
out what they were doing and the zone helped shut some of it down.
“We talked about not giving up on a play,” Woods said. “In the first
half we did give up on a few plays and they took advantage of it.
Junior guard tallies 25 points in Greater Oregon League boys win
Baker opened the Greater Oregon League boys basketball season Friday by edging Ontario 59-56 at Ontario.
Baker’s Zach Thatcher battles Fruitland’s Jacob Crim for a rebound during Saturday’s non-league boys basketball game at BHS. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs (1-0 in the GOL) forged a 13-point lead late in the third quarter then had to hold on for the win.
“Ontario is a very aggressive team,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “They try to get you to lose your composure.
“We built that 47-34 lead in the third quarter. Then we just kind of
cruised. We just can’t do that. We have to play to put people away.”
One area Woods was pleased with was Baker’s free throw shooting. The
Bulldogs entered the game shooting about 52 percent from the line.
Against Ontario, the Bulldogs were 13-for-13 from the line in the first
three quarters. Baker then was 8-of-13 from the line in the fourth
quarter to finish the game 21-of-26.
Maybe the Baker wrestling squad should skip practices more often. At
least that strategy worked for the Bulldogs at the annual Jo-Hi
tournament at Joseph High School Friday and Saturday.
The Bulldogs did not practice during the holiday break, then went out
and won the Jo-Hi meet, edging Pomeroy, Wash., 166.5-146.5.
“I caught some flak for the decision not to practice,” said Baker coach
Dee Gorrell. “But, now we’re all healed, all healthy and ready to go.”
The Bulldogs, who were second to Pomeroy after Friday’s action,
finished with 13 wrestlers placing in their weight divisions to gain
“I’m really proud of the kids,” Gorrell said. “Monday they made a goal
that we would be first in the tournament. They battled the whole
tournament and the kids spoke for themselves. We pulled it out in the
Baker braved icy roads to reach Emmett, Idaho, Tuesday afternoon, and
it paid off in a 49-33 win in the non-league girls basketball game.
“It probably took us about 20 minutes more than usual to get to Emmett,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
But once there, Baker’s defense was red hot.
“The girls played darn good defense throughout the game,” Smith said.
Despite the defensive effort Baker led just 32-31 after three quarters.
Then the Bulldogs tightened the screws another step, limiting Emmett to
just two fourth-quarter points.
Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith is not fond of moral victories, but he was happy nonetheless Saturday.
Burns’ Mattea Zabala goes up for a shot over the defense of Baker’s Dallas Defrees during Saturday’s girls game at Baker. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Burns senior Courtney Toney scored on a short jump shot from the left
baseline as the horn sounded Saturday to lift the Hilanders to a 39-38
victory over Baker in the non-league game at BHS.
Baker played a much stronger game than during an earlier 56-29 loss at
Burns. In that game Toney and Mattea Zabala combined for 26 points.
This time that duo tallied 16.
“We put a stop on them for the most part,” Smith said.
“Our defensive pressure tonight was as good as we can play.”
Baker trailed 34-29 with 1:04 left in the game, then kicked up the defensive pressure.
Baker hadn’t played since before Christmas, so Coach Tim Smith was
pleased when the Bulldogs defeated Kuna 44-32 Friday in a non-league
girls basketball game at Kuna, Idaho.
“I thought the girls played well, particularly coming off the long break,” Smith said.
“We executed pretty well, and played great defense. And, we got some things to fall when we needed them to.”
Dallas Defrees and Mackenzie Warner each scored 11 points to lead the Bulldogs. Defrees added nine rebounds and six steals.
“Dallas had a great all-around game. She was all over the place,” Smith said.
Kuna scores winning basket with 1.5 seconds left in regulation
Kuna’s 6-foot-5 freshman post Tyler
Dubowsky scored on a rebound in the center of the key with 1.5 seconds
left to lift the Kavemen to a 52-51 victory over Baker in a non-league
boys basketball game Friday at BHS.
Baker’s Dekker Smith grabbed a rebound over the arms of Kuna’s Tyler Dubowsky Friday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“The ball just didn’t bounce our way,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “The kid made the rebound and made the shot.”
Baker had a chance for the winning basket with 1 second left, but
Walker Kaseberg’s desperation toss from three-quarters court was off
The game should never have been that close. Baker outscored the Kavemen
from the field, but shot just 10-of-18 from the free throw line.
“Free throws. That was the difference in the game,” said Woods.
Baker is shooting in the mid-50-percent range from the line for the season — a figure Woods is not happy with.