Gerry Steele
The Baker City Herald

Baker clinched a tie for the Greater Oregon League regular season girls basketball title on Friday.

The Bulldogs remained unbeaten at 5-0 in league play with a 71-36 win over Ontario at BHS.

But despite the lopsided score, Baker coach Mat Sand was not happy after the game.

He said the Bulldogs can, and must, play better.

“I want the team to be mentally prepared,” Sand said.

“We have to execute better, mentally.”

Sand said he didn’t mean to imply that Ontario isn’t a good team. But as the Bulldogs continue into the postseason, the competition is only going to get tougher, he said.

“If we play like we have the past couple of games we could do like we did last year — make the playoffs and then flop.”

Sand said he knows the Bulldogs will respond as they prepare to travel to La Grande Friday to close out the regular season.

A Baker win at La Grande will secure the Bulldogs’ second consecutive GOL title.

Rose Gwillim led the Bulldogs against Ontario with 29 points. Jayme Ramos added 15 and Isabella Nemec 11.

ONTARIO (36)

Jordan 0 2-2 2, Romayor 0 2-4 2, Ware 1 0-0 2, Peterson 4 0-0 12, Vogt 1 0-0 3, Pearson 1 2-2 4, Navarrete 3 0-2 9, Jagelski 1 0-0 2, Esquival, Grimm, Matsumura. Totals 11 6-8 36.

BAKER (71) -

Elms 2 0-0 4, Hellberg, Keller 1 1-3 3, Younger 4 1-2 9, Ramos 5 4-6 15, Carter, Nemec 4 0-0 11, Benson, Gwillim 11 7-14 29. Totals 27 13-25 71.

Ontario -13 10 8 5 — 36

Baker - 24 18 22 7 — 71

Three-point baskets — Peterson 4, Vogt, Navarrete 3, Ramos, Nemec 3. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Ontario 18, Baker 11. Technicals — none.

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