Baker girls basketball

Isabella Nemec in Baker’s earlier game against WeiserTobie Noyer.

Baker’s offense started slowly Thursday at Weiser, but the Bulldogs’ defense had no such lapses.

Baker led just 8-5 after the first quarter.

But when shots started falling for the Bulldogs in the second quarter and thereafter, the Wolverines were unable to keep pace as Baker rolled to a 57-29 win.

The third-ranked Bulldogs improved to 14-2 and completed a season sweep of Weiser. Baker beat the Wolverines 58-33 on Jan. 4 at the Baker gym.

Baker freshman post Jozie Ramos scored 11 of her career-high 24 points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs took a 25-13 lead at halftime.

“Jozie just had an outstanding night,” Baker coach Mat Sand said. “We just kept getting her the ball.”

Ramos, who had 16 points in the Jan. 4 win over Weiser, continues to improve as she adjusts from middle school basketball to varsity, a transition that Sand described as a “major leap.”

“She’s just maturing as a player, and it’s fun to watch,” he said. “Each game it seems like she gets more and more comfortable with her role.”

Sydney Younger and Hailey Zikmund had 5 points each in the third period as Baker extended its lead to 40-18.

The fourth quarter was in effect a preview of years to come for the Bulldogs, as freshmen scored 15 of Baker’s 17 points.

Ramos tallied 7 more points, two other freshmen scored their first varsity points, and a third freshman also scored.

Makenzie Flanagan, who scored 2 points in December during the Gladstone tournament, scored 4 points against Weiser, and Rylee Elms and Macey Moore had 2 points each.

Sand said he had hoped to get the freshmen foursome meaningful playing time together against Weiser, as he tries to gradually introduce them to the faster speed of varsity basketball.

“I was really pleased, I liked what I saw,” he said of the first-year varsity players.

Sand said he felt more comfortable playing the four freshmen at the same time because the fifth Bulldog on the court was Younger, the savvy veteran senior point guard.

Sand said Baker’s sputtering start offensively had much to do with a change in the regular starting lineup.

Senior Isabella Nemec is recovering from an illness, and junior Sydney Keller competing in a wrestling meet at Redmond.

“We were trying to figure out the timing on the offensive end, and that’s why the first quarter turned out the way it did,” Sand said.

Sand said Nemec traveled with the team, but he preferred to give her another two days of rest.

“I just want her to get healthy,” he said.

Baker’s JV team beat Weiser 34-28. Weiser won the JV2 game, 27-19.

BAKER (57)

Elms 1 0-0 2, Hellberg 1 0-1 2, Flanagan 2 0-0 4, Younger 3 2-2 9, Zikmund 4 0-0 9, Carter 1 1-2 3, Mackenzie 0 0-0 0, Ramos 11 2-4 24, Benson 1 0-0 2, Moore 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 5-9 57.


Bittinger 0 0-0 0, Moyle 1 0-0 2, Bouvia 1 2-2 4, Juarez 0 2-2 2, Morris 2 2-3 7, Erickson 3 1-4 7, Noyer 2 1-2 5, Shirts 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 8-13 29.

Baker 8 17 15 17 — 57

Weiser 5 8 5 11 — 29

Three-point baskets — Younger, Zikmund, Morris. Total fouls — Baker 15, Weiser 16.

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