Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

By Gerry Steele

gsteele@bakercityherald.com

A team can't win many basketball games when they don't score many points.

That was a problem for the Baker girls a year ago, and it came back to bite the Bulldogs Thursday evening in their nonleague home opener against Weiser.

The Bulldogs (0-1) shot just 26 percent from the field (9-of-35) while dropping a 40-26 contest.

"We have a hard time putting the ball in the hole," said Baker coach Jenny Mowe-Joseph.

"We've just got to find some scoring."

Despite shooting just 2-of-17 in the first half the Bulldogs trailed just 17-10 at halftime thanks to the free throw line.

It wasn't that Baker shot free throws well - finishing just 8-of-20 for the game - but the Bulldogs didn't get their first field goal until just 4:06 remained in the first half.

"We had a hard time getting into our offense," the Baker coach said. "We're still having a tough time getting into our offense."

The Bulldogs finished with 29 turnovers.

Baker's best quarter was the third, scoring 10 points to equal its first-half output. Whitney Lemmon scored six of her team-high nine points in the period.

"Talk about a player that's got some grit," Mowe-Joseph said. "Someimes it takes her a while to get going but she plays hard inside."

Baker doesn't have time to sulk about Thursday's outcome. The Bulldogs travel to Elgin for a two-day tournament beginning today. Baker opened play at noon against Vale.

Baker split Thursday's novarsity games, winning the JV game 40-37 but losing the frosh/soph game 33-7.

WEISER (40)

L. Jensen 0 2-2 2, Shirts 4 2-2 10, Reed 3 0-1 7, Kerner 1 0-1 2, Huggins, Gluch 2 1-2 5, S. Jensen, Drake 1 0-0 2, Loughren 2 2-4 6, Mink 3 0-0 6, Mills. Totals 16 7-12 40.

BAKER (26) -

Brown 1 1-4 3, Huggins, Sand 2 2-4 6, Lemmon 4 1-2 9, Phillips 1 0-0 2, Lehman, Tatlock 1 2-6 4, Freese 0 2-2 2, Bachman 0 0-2 0. Totals 9 8-20 26.

Weiser -6 11 11 12 - 40

Baker - 4 6 10 6 - 26

Three-point baskets - Reed. Fouled out - Gluch. Total fouls - Weiser 18, Baker 18. Technicals - Weiser coach, Brown.

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