BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport girls and boys basketball teams recorded a sweep of Bayard on Saturday night in Bridgeport.
The Bulldog girls improved to 5-12 on the season with a 46-36 victory, while the Bridgeport boys moved to 16-2 with a 63-21 thumping of the Tigers.
In the girls’ game, Bridgeport overcame a slow start to outscore Bayard 16-8 in the second quarter to take a 27-17 lead into halftime.
“We were a little sluggish,” Bridgeport head coach Bryan Schluterbusch said. “We had a good run in the second quarter, but we didn’t seem to find our rhythm. We just really didn’t come out with the intensity we needed to.”
Despite the Bulldogs’ leading throughout the game, Bayard attempted to close the gap in the third quarter. The Tigers pulled within four, but Bridgeport stayed focused to increase the lead back up in the final quarter.
“We stopped fouling and putting them on the free throw line,” Schuterbusch said. “Our offense started looking inside a little more and we stopped turning it over. That helped.”
Leading the Bulldogs offensively was Brittney Newkirk with 16 points and two 3-pointers. Ashley Weborg dropped in 11 points, while shooting 8 of 12 at the foul line. Riley Hall added seven points and Emily Baxter posted five.
“Our press looked good, but going forward we are going to work on our consistency,” Schluterbusch said. “We have to make some better decisions and limit our turnovers.”
Miah Vera led the Tigers with 13 points followed by Kaylie Fiscus with six.
The boys’ game was decided early after Bridgeport ran out to a 21-3 lead after the first quarter. The Bulldogs enjoyed a 37-10 lead at halftime and outscored Bayard 26-11 in the second half.
“During a game like this we want to make sure we are staying with good habits and doing the things that we want to do,” Bridgeport head coach Nick Broz said. “I was really pleased with the way the kids stuck with it and followed the game plan.”
While the Bulldogs looked sharp on offense in the game, Broz wants to focus on improving on the offense end and continuing to move the ball effectively. “It all comes down to the kids,” he said. “They are really focused on the goals they want to accomplish and this was a game we wanted to make sure we won.”
John Pappas and Wyatt Pankowski led Bridgeport offensively with 12 points each. Eric Stevens posted 10 points, including three 3-pointers. Quentin Baxter dropped in nine points, while Logan Linch added eight.
Ethan Marker led Bayard in scoring with 10 points. Jacob Hoff added seven.
Both Bridgeport and Bayard will compete in the Western Trails Conference Tournament, which begins on Feb. 4.
Bridgeport (5-12) ........................... 11 16 10 9 - 46
Bayard (5-13) ................................. 9 8 8 11 - 36
BRIDGEPORT: Emily Baxter 5, Brittney Newkirk 16, Alexis Corman 3, Ashley Weborg 11, Riley Hall 7, Gracie Dorbrinski 4
BAYARD: Siera Sauer 2, Miah Vera 13, Maho Shinjo 4, Jessia Smith 5, Kaylie Fiscus 6, Lauren Petersen 1, Amber Wiley 5
Bridgport (16-2) ............................. 21 16 12 14 — 63
Bayard (2-13) ................................. 3 7 9 2 — 21
BRIDGEPORT: John Pappas 12, Logan Linch 8, Eric Stevens 10, Nathan Schmunk 3, Wyatt Pankowski 12, Quentin Baxter 9, Isaias Mancias 2, Andrew Nelson 7
BAYARD: Chandler Cox 1, Jacob Hoff 7, Manuel Acosta 3, Ethan Marker 10