BALDWIN — Baldwin’s basketball team is into the final week of the regular season and free-throw shooting is near the top of the Panthers’ priority list.

That was especially evident after a recent 46-44 win against Brethren. Poor free-throw shooting by the Panthers nearly cost them the game.

“It was close, l but it should not have been close,” junior Brenton Childress said. “We missed a lot of free throws and layups.”

Repetition and extra work will be critical to improve the free-throw shooting aspect. His brother, senior Brandon Childress, was working on free throws extensively during a practice shortly after the Brethren game.

“We try to get a lot of free-throws up before we leave (a practice),” Brenton Childress said.

The Panthers are scheduled for home games Thursday with Manistee Catholic and Saturday with Brethren.

“We’ve been playing good the last few games,” Childress said. “We’ve been coming together as a team. Usually defense is a key to our wins.”

Brenton Childress said he’s been playing good defense but is looking to improve on his shooting, including free throws. Shooting from the floor is also an area of focus.

The district start Monday at  Mason County Eastern.

“What matters are the tournament games,” Childress said. “We want to win those games.”