Baltic barely beats Warriorettes by Sandra Geuther Number three rated class "B" girls' team and last year's state champions Baltic Bulldogs took their farthest conference trip of the season to Wakonda, Friday, Jan. 10.
This was the second time the two teams have played this season. The first game ended in a huge gap, but Friday's contest ended much closer, with Baltic defeating Wakonda 62-53.
The fast-paced game put both teams in man defense with a lot of pressure all over the court. After the first quarter both teams were neck to neck.
The second quarter went the same way with Kim Henriksen hitting a NBA three-pointer at the buzzer to send teams into the locker room with Baltic with a slight lead.
The aggressive game found Baltic senior starter Chelsea Hegge elbowed in the cheek bone causing a gash that sent her to the emergency room for stitches.
The Bulldogs were without their leader for the second half of the game.
In the second half, the Warriorettes stayed within three to four points but could never get over that hump. With Baltic guards shooting 7 of 10 three-pointers, it was tough for the home team to take the lead. The Warriorettes had to foul at the end giving Baltic free points and thus winning by nine.
Nikki Johnston led the Warriorettes in scoring with 20, followed by Andrea Gregoire, 9; Kim Henriksen, 8; Chelsa Bohlman, 8; and Lindsay Nelson, 8. Gregoire led the rebounding effort with eight rebounds. Bohlmann had five assists and Nelson had three.
The Bulldogs were led by all-state guards Brack and Kruitoff with 24 and 20 points, respectively. Chelsea Hegge ended her ER trip with five stitches.
The junior varsity contest ended in a loss for the Warriorettes, 37-31.