Sowle playing key role for Baldwin basketball team

BALDWIN — Mariah Sowle has seen her Baldwin girls basketball team improve its play in recent games and is confident it will continue.

The Panthers last week defeated Muskegon Heights and then lost in double overtime to Grand Traverse.

“We played really good,” Sowle said, noting action got physical at times.

She’s a freshman and has been handling guard duties.

“My coach (Doug Bolles) said I’ve been playing good,” Sowle said, adding she’s been able to show her ability to contribute. “Most of the time, they want me to play guard. It’s pretty good. I started at one time. I’ve been told I might get it back.

“The win over Muskegon Heights was the first of the season for the Baldwin girls,” Sowle said. “We worked hard to get that. We almost beat (Grand Traverse). If our big girl (Amanyi Freeman) doesn’t foul out, we probably would have won.”

But for the Panthers 1-9, many opportunities to win more games are coming up, Sowle said. Defense will be the key and avoiding fouls, she added.

“We improve every game,” she said.