Baker too strong for Laurel Hill

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 18:28 PM.

“Once we cut the lead to eight, we couldn’t dig any deeper,” Hobo coach Scott Varnum said. “We had some missed opportunities down the court, but we were proud of our defensive effort tonight. We played some good defense.

“They are a really good team. They’ve got some great shooters and are senior loaded. You can tell they are experienced. We have some young players that got some more experience tonight. It’s a long journey this season.”

The Gators were up 23-12 at the third quarter’s start, but Ruby Williams’ quick 3-pointer cut the Baker lead to eight at 23-15. The Gators responded with three straight baskets by Anderson, Victoria Voorhees and Bethany Chestnut as Baker increased the lead back to double digits.

Laurel Hill got back to within eight points of the Gators early in the fourth quarter on a Grace Reese basket, but Anderson and Kathryn Quigg scores for Baker pushed the lead back to 12 and Baker maintained the double-figure lead the rest of the game.

Anderson was joined in double figures in scoring for the Gators by Chestnut, who had 10 points. Quigg had seven points; Voorhees and Lilly Phillips each had six points for Baker, which played without three players, Haley Wagner, Kaitlin Rickmon and Falin Lawson, members of the school’s volleyball team who played in the state tournament Thursday.

Ty DeAndrade led Laurel Hill in scoring with 10 points. Reese added eight points and Owens six points.

Gator coach Brian Wagner was happiest to get the win, but he also saw some things the Gators, the defending District 2-1A champions, can build on.



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