The pride that Baker’s girls basketball team takes in its defense can be expressed in three numbers from its 60-23 win over Samuel Roberts of British Columbia Thursday night.




That’s the number of points the Bulldogs allowed in the second, third and fourth quarters, respectively.

The significance is that the total of 10 points yielded in 24 minutes is 3 fewer points than Baker gave up in the first eight minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs’ defensive dominance turned a relatively competitive game into a blowout that improved Baker’s record to 4-0.

The Bulldogs needed a quarter to adjust to Samuel Roberts’ physical play, Baker coach Mat Sand said.

“They came out really scrappy and played hard,” he said of the Titans. “But we settled into our game.”

Baker’s defensive performance in the final three quarters was reminiscent of the Bulldogs’ 63-8 win over Crook County on Saturday.

Offensively, eight Bulldogs scored at least 2 points. Sydney Keller and Jozie Ramos led Baker with 12 points each. Sydney Younger and Isabella Nemec added 9 points each, and Anna Carter and Lauren Benson tallied 6 points each.

“That’s what I want to see — balanced scoring,” Sand said. “A healthy team is one that everybody gets in on the scoring. That makes it hard for the opponent to know who to try to stop.

“If we can score over 50 points we’ll be in every game we play,” Sand said.

Thursday’s victory was Baker’s 23rd in a row, dating to last season.

The Bulldogs’ only loss last season was on Dec. 15, 2018, when Baker went down 61-46 at Burns. Baker won its final 19 games of the season, culminating in the 51-48 victory over Marist in the Class 4A state championship game.

Baker plays Junction City tonight at 8:15, and again on Saturday, against an opponent yet to be determined, at 4 p.m.


Stenart-Parsons 0 0-0 0, Nagai 3 1-4 8, Rychktun 0 0-0 0, Ollmann 3 0-0 7, Gjaltema 0 0-0 0, Boldt 1 2-2 4, Dickson 0 0-0 0, Neibergall 2 0-0 4. Totals 9 3-6 23.

BAKER (60) ­

Hellberg 1 0-0 2, Keller 5 2-6 12, Younger 4 0-0 9, Zikmund 1 2-4 4, Carter 3 0-0 6, Mackenzie 0 0-0 0, Nemec 2 4-5 9, Ramos 5 2-6 12, Benson 2 0-0 6. Totals 23 10-21 60.

Samuel Roberts 13 2 3 5 — 23

Baker 22 18 9 11 — 60

Three-point baskets — Nagai, Ollmann, Younger, Nemec, Benson 2. Total fouls — Samuel Roberts 18, Baker 7.

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