Baltic girls keep winning
January 15. 2013 3:03PM
A close game turned ugly in the second half for the Garretson girls basketball team Friday night against the Bulldogs in Baltic.
The Bulldogs found themselves trailing 21-19 at the half, but managed to outscore the Blue Dragons 15-6 in the third quarter and never looked back on their way to a 47-32 victory.
"Our defense was the key to our victory Friday night,” said Pete Egstad, Baltic head coach. “We found ways to score and took advantage of our time at the free throw line, going 11 for 15 on the night.”
A big part of the success in the second half for Baltic was Morgan Forsch’s 17 points and six steals to go along with Allie Walter’s 16 points and seven rebounds.
Balanced attack earns win
With four girls scoring in double digits for the Bulldogs Thursday night, Baltic cruised to a decisive 56-28 win over Chester.
Makenzie Moe had 17 points, Morgan Forsch 13, Mariah Hanisch 10 and Allie Walter 10 points for Baltic, who led 36-15 at halftime. Walter also snagged eight rebounds.
“A couple three pointers each from Morgan Forsch and Makenzie Moe opened up shots for everyone,” Egstad said. “We had four players score in double digits on Thursday night, which shows how balanced we can be as a team.”
Erin Benson led the Flyers with 14 points.
Big nights for Walter, Hanisch against ELB
Another road game ended with a road win for the Bulldogs Monday, Jan. 14. This time, Baltic topped Elkton-Lake Benton 57-39.
“After 18 days off without a game we came out a little rusty in the first half,” Egstad said. "Their full court pressure defense bothered us and we turned the ball over a few too many times.”
Baltic tighened up in the second half.
“In the 3rd quarter we were able to find our groove (with) a combination of taking care of the ball in our fast break opportunities and some great defense,” Egstad said.
The Bulldogs outscored ELB 22-4 in the third quarter to break away from a 25-25 tie at halftime.
Walter had the game highs with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Hanisch added 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals of her own for the Bulldogs, while Forsch and Moe each contributed 10.
The Bulldogs are 6-2 on the season going into their McCook Central-Montrose game Jan. 22 in Salem.
“That was game 1 of 10 in the next 19 days,” Egstad said. "We will continue to work to improve in all aspects, but really focus on converting our defensive stops into offensive opportunities.”
|Joe Sneve / Dell Rapids Tribune
Batlic’s Mariah Hanisch gets an open look in the second quarter of Friday night’s home game against the Garrretson Blue Dragons. The Bulldogs won 47-32.