Nathan L.

It's not often a coach is pleased after losing a game. But that's

exactly what Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith was Tuesday evening

in Pendleton.

Yes, his Bulldogs had just lost to Pendleton 50-47. It was the second

time Baker had lost to the Lady Bucks this season. But, Smith said, the

Bulldogs played a much better game this time around.

"We played a similar game to what we did a week ago in the first half," Smith said. "We were kind of helter skelter.

"Then, we were a totally different team in the second half. We dominated at the defensive end of the floor."

"It was a moral victory for us," Smith said. "The girls wanted to make a statement, and they did so in the second half. I was very pleased. It was a gutty effort. The girls played with a lot of passion."

Baker fell behind 18-7 after one period, and trailed 28-17 at halftime. The Bulldogs then outscored Pendleton 30-22 in the second half.

Smith said Baker had the ball late with a chance for a game-tying three-pointer but couldn't get a shot off.

Tara Talbott led the Bulldogs with 12 points and nine rebounds. Whitney Phillips added 11 points and seven boards.

Pendleton won the junior varsity game 35-28, and the frosh/soph game 42-14.

Baker (1-2) travels to Burns Saturday.

Baker 7 10 14 16 - 47

Pendleton 18 10 9 13 - 50

Baker (47) - Warner 2 2-2 6, Defrees 2 4-6 8, Ward 1 0-0 3, Adams 1 0-0 3, Shively, Phillips 3 5-6 11, Daly, Hoopes, Talbott 5 2-4 12, Ogan 2 0-2 4. Totals 16 13-20 47.

Pendleton (50) - Simpson 3 1-4 9, McCloud 9 2-4 21, Enright 1 0-0 2, Wynn, McKay 1 0-2 3, Doutre 1 2-4 4, Van Cleave 2 0-2 4, Moore 1 1-4 3, Demianew 1 2-4 4. Totals 19 8-24 50.

Three-point goals - Ward, Adams, Simpson 2, McCloud, McKay. Fouled out - Daly, Van Cleave. Total fouls - Baker 16, Pendleton 18. Technicals - Baker bench.

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