Baker downs Jay in tourney opener

Baker girls basketball

Baker's Sarah Hudson tries to turn the corner on a Jay defender during the first half of Tuesday's District 2-1A tournament opener.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM.

FREEPORT— The War of Highway 4 resumed Tuesday night on the road as the Baker and Jay squared off in the opening game of the District 2-1A girls basketball tournament at Freeport.

Powered by a strong first-half performance the Gators rolled to a 54-44 win to advance to the tournament semifinal game against Chipley on Thursday.

"We did some things well in spurts tonight," Gator coach Brian Wagner said. We did not do some things as well as I would like to for the full game. It's going to take a full game against a team like Chipley.

"When we pressure the ball well it allows us to get more into the flow of the game and our offense run a little easier. The times we have had lulls in games have been when maybe we were not applying pressure. When you get a steal with an opportunity to score you have a little more incentive than you do otherwise."

The teams traded baskets the first three-and-a-half minutes of the first quarter and Carissa Munford lead the Royal charge with six quick points and Cassidy Anderson had a hot hand for the Gators as the teams were tied at 8-8.

An Anderson scored put Baker (16-6) up 10-8 and sparked a 14-5 Gator run to close out the first half.

Baker led 22-13 at the end of the first quarter and quickly stretched the lead to double digits as Bethany Chestnut got the hot hand in second period for the Gators as they pushed the lead to 35-18 at the break.

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