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Baldwin-Woodville's quickness too much for St. Croix Central boys

The quickness of the Baldwin-Woodville boys basketball team is widely recognized, with Logan Weyer and Gerad Gerrits combining for 40 or more points in most of the Hawks’ recent games.

When the St. Croix Central boys hosted B-W last Thursday, they had difficulty dealing with the Hawks’ quickness at both ends of the court. B-W scored a 58-30 win over the Panthers in the non-conference game.

Central was able to deal with the Hawks’ quickness at times when the Panthers were on defense. The Panthers were hurt just as much by Baldwin-Woodville’s defensive quickness.

The Panthers did an admirable job against Weyer and Gerrits, limiting them to a combined 28 points. Together, they average 35 points per game.

“They’ve got a couple proven scorers, that’s a big difference,” said Central coach Zach Turpin.

The Panthers mixed their defenses to try keeping Baldwin’s top scorers off guard. The Panthers had trouble holding down the other B-W players, allowing 12 points to Tanner Thompson and 11 to Nick Nilssen.

Turnovers plagued the Panthers in this game. The collective quickness of the Blackhawks forced Central into numerous turnovers and most of those turnovers were converted directly into points. Turpin said improving ball-handling skills is going to be a top priority for the rest of the season and the off-season.

“We’ve got to find somebody who’s confident bringing the ball up and getting us into our sets,” Turpin said.

While the Panthers struggled against B-W’s press, Turpin said Central’s press was able to cause a few problems for the Blackhawks too.

Central didn’t have much success against Baldwin-Woodville’s zone defense, which had 6-7 center Steven Aune stationed in the center of it.

“He’s much bigger and longer than anyone we’ve got,” Turpin said.

One morsel of good news for the Panthers was the return of sophomore Doug Cottrell from an injury. Cottrell led the Panthers with seven points and Tyler Anderson scored six points.

This Thursday, the Panthers begin a stretch of games where they should be able to compete evenly with their opponents. The Panthers are 1-9 in Dunn-St. Croix Conference action this season. The Panthers play a varsity double-header at Elmwood on Thursday, with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys game slated for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Elmwood boys are winless in D-SC play. The Panthers will play at home against Boyceville, which has a 2-9 conference record.

The Panthers will see Elmwood again on Thursday, Feb. 13, this time with the game played in Hammond.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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