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Bulldogs stomp Fruitland

Baker’s defense is stifling as the 4th-ranked Bulldogs improve to 12-1


Defense.

Baker’s has been like a swarm of bees in recent games.

Such was the case against Fruitland Wednesday in the Baker gym. The Bulldogs (12-1 overall) allowed no more than seven points in any quarter, including a low mark of one point in the third period, on the way to defeating the Grizzlies from Idaho 53-21 in the nonleague girls basketball game.

“We’re playing a lot better defense,” said Mat Sand coach of the Class 4A fourth-ranked Bulldogs, who won their seventh-straight game.

“We came out with great energy and continued to build on it,” Sand said. “We’re getting

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Defense.

Baker’s has been like a swarm of bees in recent games.

Such was the case against Fruitland Wednesday in the Baker gym. The Bulldogs (12-1 overall) allowed no more than seven points in any quarter, including a low mark of one point in the third period, on the way to defeating the Grizzlies from Idaho 53-21 in the nonleague girls basketball game.

“We’re playing a lot better defense,” said Mat Sand coach of the Class 4A fourth-ranked Bulldogs, who won their seventh-straight game.

“We came out with great energy and continued to build on it,” Sand said. “We’re getting better and better every game.”

Baker hasn’t lost in more than two weeks, since suffering its only defeat, 67-58 to Vallivue, Idaho, on Dec. 19.

Wednesday, the Bulldogs trailed 7-6 late in the first quarter before taking control.

Baker went on a 13-0 run that boosted its lead to 19-7 with about three minutes left in the first half.

Jayme Ramos and Kaeli Flanagan each scored four points in the run. Desi Davis added a basket and Rose Gwillim a free throw.

Baker led 22-13 at halftime.

The Bulldogs then kicked up their defense another notch, allowing the Grizzlies a single free throw in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, behind Ramos’ seven points, Baker increased its lead to 36-14 entering the fourth quarter.

Baker then outscored the Grizzlies 17-7 in the fourth quarter, including a 15-1 run in the final four minutes.

Ramos led Baker with 19 points. Flanagan added 13, and Sydney Younger 11.

The Bulldogs split the nonvarsity games with Fruitland.

Baker won the junior varsity game 49-27. Isabella Nemec led Baker with 14 points. Sydney Keller added 10.

Fruitland won the JV2 game 48-12.

Baker opens Greater Oregon League play at Mac-Hi Saturday.

FRUITLAND (21)

Tess 1 0-0 3, Miller, Church 3 0-0 6, Rice, Erskin, LaCrone 0 1-2 1, Capps 1 0-0 2, Richins 2 2-4 6, Carbajal, Tolman 1 0-0 2, Pedracini 0 1-2 1. Totals 8 4-9 21.

BAKER (53) -

Flanagan 6 1-2 13, Ward 1 0-0 2, A. Carter, Younger 2 6-8 11, Ramos 6 5-6 19, Davis 1 0-0 2, E. Carter 1 0-0 2, Nemec 0 1-2 1, Gwillim 0 2-6 2, Keller 0 1-4 1. Totals 17 16-28 53.

Fruitland - 7 6 1 7 — 21

Baker -10 12 14 17 — 53

Three-point baskets — Tess, Younger, Ramos 2. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Fruitland 21, Baker 10. Technicals — none.