Osawatomie Outcomes were opposite for Baldwin Junior High School basketball here Thursday night. BJHS's seventh-graders destroyed Osawatomie 44-14, while the eighth-graders fell 61-47.
In the seventh-grade game, Baldwin rolled to a 17-4 first-quarter lead, kept it up for a 32-6 halftime margin and coasted to the lopsided win. It moved the team's record to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.
"It was a defensive masterpiece that makes a coach smile," said coach Aman Reaka. "We had 23 steals and 30 rebounds, which is how basketball is supposed to be played."
Reaka cited the play of point guard Brian Turk and center Micah Mason as the top contributors. On the other end, the eighth-graders played close in the first half, but were blown out by a 21-8 run by Osawatomie in the third quarter. It was the third straight loss for the team, which now stands at 1-3 and 0-2.
"We are a different team this year and we haven't found our way yet," said coach Dane Jorgensen. He listed Kyler Troth as the top contributor with 12 points, three rebounds, two steals and an assist.
In junior varsity action, BJHS's eighth-graders won Tuesday against Nike and Thursday against Osawatomie. In the Nike game, Stephen Jeffries was top contributor with six steals, five rebounds and two points. Against Osa-watomie, Cal Heinrich had 16 points and six rebounds.
The seventh-grade JV also beat Osawatomie. Brian Wendt was top contributor with four points, four steals and two rebounds.