The Ida Baker Bulldogs got another lesson in basketball's school of hard knocks Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (1-12) lost to Winter Park 95-25 in a game that wasn't on either team's original schedule. Baker was expecting to play in the Holiday Madness Tournament at East Lee County while Winter Park had planned on a tournament in Boston. When both teams' plans fell through, they wound up scheduling a game with each other on short notice.
Friday was the second of three rescheduled games for the Bulldogs. Baker lost to Waterloo Academy from Canada on Thursday, playing Waterloo at Golden Gate after the cancellation of the Gulfshore Shootout in Naples left that team far from home and looking for games to play.
Ida Baker’s Seth Woods tries to drive around Winter Park’s Will Ferrell Friday afternoon at Baker.
The Bulldogs play at Golden Gate at 5 p.m. today.
It's been a tough season for Ida Baker, which lost three key players to transfers over the summer.
"We never want to accept losing, and no one likes losing by 70 points," Bulldogs coach Jay Sanderson said. "The important thing is that our young kids played pretty much the whole second half. They got better, they got experience. That's what we're looking at these three days, letting our young guys get some playing time and looking to the future.
"The kids are still very positive, they're still very on board with the system, and we're still trying to build on what we have."
Winter Park (9-5) was without its big-name player on Friday. Spencer Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and brother of New Orleans Hornets rookie Austin Rivers, missed the game due to an illness.
So instead, Wildcats senior Will Farrell put on a display of three-point shooting. Farrell hit 12 threes for Winter Park on his way to 42 points.
Wildcats coach David Bailey said, "That was a career game for Farrell. His most he had hit in a game before was three."
Eight of Farrell's three-pointers came in the second period when Winter Park put the game away. Farrell scored 26 points in the period as the Wildcats outscored Baker 40-4. That made the halftime score 62-18.
Jay Wimbley had 16 points and seven rebounds, Elijah Fairley scored 14 points and Dewey Johnson added 11 for Winter Park.
With Baker's top scorer Seth Woods recovering from an illness, the Bulldogs were led by Nate Evans' 13 points and six rebounds.
The second half was played with a running clock.
"It was nice in the fact that our guys played unselfish," Bailey said. "We set a season high in assists. Also defensively we stopped a lot of the little mistakes that had been hurting us back home in Orlando. We played good, sound defense, and as a result we were able to get a lot of easy baskets in transition."
Winter Park 22 40 18 15 - 95
Ida Baker 14 4 7 0 - 25
Winter Park 95 - Brown 3, Fairley 14, Stadler 2, Farrell 42, Wimbley 16, Goodluck 2, McLean 5, Johnson 11. Totals: 35 11-14 95.
3PG: Farrell 12, Fairley 1, Wimbley 1.
Baker 25 - Benvie 2, Snyder 3, Evans 13, Wicks 4, Petter 3. Totals: 11 1-2 25.
3PG: Snyder 1, Petter 1.