BAKER — It was another game with growing pains for Baker School's young girls basketball team.
But Gator Coach James Kerrell tried to find some positives in Friday's loss to District 3-1A opponent Chipley.
"The first two minutes of the first quarter we came out and we were a little dead," he said. "But we woke up and made a little run. We showed some life.
"We were hitting buckets and running the offense and playing good defense. We were doing what we needed to do to stay in the ball game."
The Gators spotted the Tigers a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter before battling back late in the period.
Jessica Black scored five points and Natalie Booker added four points as Baker closed the Chipley to 14-9 at the end of the first period in Friday's game.
The Gators (4-13) only managed eight points the rest of the way as Chipley rolled to a 70-17 win. The final 12 minutes of the game was played with a running clock.
The Tigers put the game away with a 17-0 run to open the second quarter. Amanda Paschal, who had a game-high 30 points, scored 10 points in the second quarter. Baker's only points game on a Booker basket.
Lily Phillips scored Baker's only basket in the third quarter as the Tigers continued to pour it on and outscored Baker 17-2 to move in front 54-13.
Booker, who led the Gators with nine points, hit a 3-point basket with 3:27 left in the fourth quarter. Rachele Rogers hit a free throw with a minute left in the game for the final Baker points.
Up by 40 the Tigers showed no mercy in the final stanza as they continued to press the Gators until the final buzzer.
"I felt like we did a good job with what we had," Kerrell said. "We are hurt, we're sick and it's just the whole gamut of things.
"The girls I do have in there, a lot of them are playing with injuries."
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.