Baldwin freshman likes progress team has made

BALDWIN — Freshman Kiera Barker has been impressed with the progress the Baldwin girls basketball team has made this season.

The Panthers entered the Class D district this week at 5-15.

“We’ve been doing great,” Barker said after a recent game. “We’ve been working on our defense and a new play we have. It’s (designed) to get an open shot.”

Barker said she’s been told she’s shown improvement. But she doesn’t feel she’s improved as much as she would have preferred.

“Shooting and defense” have been among her strengths, Barker indicated. “Defense” and making shots would be keys for upcoming games, she added.

Barker, a freshman, is among the younger players on the team. Once the season ends, she and returning players for next year will focusing on trying to take the program to another level.

The Panthers have been able to win more games this season under coach Doug Bolles. They also were able to break a 28-game losing string in the West Michigan D League with a victory over Mason County Eastern.