BAKER — An outmanned Baker School girls basketball team was no match for District 3-1A opponent Holmes County on Monday.
The Blue Devils took a quick 12-0 lead and never looked back on the way to a 68-19 win. The second half of the game was played with a running clock.
Ten of the 11 Blue Devils scored, and Lenibel Concepcion led the way with 11 points. Jacklyn Miles and Courtney Sysreit also reached double figures with 10 points each.
“I thought we would play a little bit better than we did tonight,” Baker Coach James Kerrell said. “I don’t think we executed the little things that we should have and that sort of compounded the problem.
“Holmes County is a good basketball team, but I think we should have given them a better game.”
Concepcion hit the first of her three 3-point baskets 90 seconds into the game and the Blue Devils were off and running.
Holmes County led 12-0 when Lily Phillips scored for the Gators with 3:37 left in the first quarter. The score was 25-2 at the end of the first quarter.
A 3-pointer by Miles to open the second quarter put Holmes County up 28-2.
Back-to-back scores by Natalie Booker, who led the Gators with seven points, got Baker to within 22 points of the Blue Devils early in the second quarter.
Holmes County used a relentless full-court press well into the second quarter, although Baker had just seven players on the roster.
Holmes County backed out of the press when Devin Miles scored, putting the Blue Devils up 46-8 with 2:18 left in the half.
Holmes County led 52-10 at the half and 62-15 at the end of the third quarter.
Phillips scored five points for Baker. Hayley Melanson had three points and Taylor Martin two points each.
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.