Baltic outlasts St. Mary
Lady Bulldogs take 2 of 3 in conference tourney
February 04. 2014 2:12PM
In a battle for Highway 115 bragging rights, Baltic’s Lady Bulldogs took the edge by beating St. Mary 44-40 Monday night in Dell Rapids. But the Lady Cardinals made it tough on Baltic, battling back from a 15 point hole midway through the fourth quarter.
The teams traded buckets early, and the Lady Bulldogs held a 9-7 advantage after one quarter. St. Mary saw the deficit widen through the next 20 minutes of play as Baltic’s pic and roll combination of Maddie Polzin and Allie Walter sliced up the Lady Cardinal defense.
“The key to the game was that we did not do a good job on defending their pick and roll,” said Josh LeBrun, head coach for St. Mary. “They were able to penetrate our defense and create easy shots for their post players.”
Polzin had nine points and two assists for Baltic. Walter led Baltic with 16 points, and she also pulled down 14 rebounds.
LeBrun said he was proud of the way his girls competed when climbing out of sizable hole.
“Our girls did not give up, and they played hard until the end of the game,” he said.
St. Mary’s offense was led by Anna Wolles, who scored 16 points, and recorded two assists and seven rebounds.
Kelly Michel chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs earned a fifth place finish in the Big East Tournament last week.
Baltic opened the tournament with a 49-39 loss to Garretson Thursday in Chester.
Baltic’s Allie Walter paced the Lady Bulldog offense with 11 points.
Garretson’s Haley Edmundson scored 22 points to lead all scorers.
Baltic bounced back with a 51-34 win over Howard Friday in Chester.
Walter and Maddie Polzin each scored 16 points to pace the Lady Bulldogs. Walter also had 18 rebounds.
Kelsey Dawson led Howard with 12 points.
In the fifth-place game Saturday in Howard, the Lady Bulldogs beat Parker 56-34.
“Every team wants to win the whole tournament but our focus this week was to get 2 wins this weekend,” said Pete Egstad, Baltic head coach. “We came out and had a great team effort.”
Makenzie Moe scored 13 points and Mariah Hanisch had 12 points for Baltic. Walter had 13 rebounds.
Sioux Valley won the tournament.
Baltic finished a 10-game, three-week stretch with an 8-2 mark. The Lady Bulldogs are 11-4 on the year.
|Joe Sneve / Dell Rapids Tribune
Baltic's Kayla Kappler fights a loose ball from Lady Cardinal Anna Wolles Monday, Jan. 27 in Dell Rapids.