BALDWIN -- Girls basketball returned to Baldwin on Friday after over a year's absence with the JV team scoring a 27-point win over Pentwater in the season opener.

Baldwin had quarter leads of 12-2, 18-4 and 26-7.

Monique Rowland had 25 points for Baldwin while Azariah Boatwright had 10.

Baldwin did not have a girls basketball program last season and is bringing it back with a junior varsity squad this season.

"We're really excited to win," Baldwin coach Nikki Bergman said. "It's been a long time coming for Baldwin and we're proud to have a team together and we're proud to win. We came together. They played exceptionally hard. Our defense led to our offense which every coach likes. It was a good defensive effort.

"We're going to hang our hat on our defense this year. We're going to continue to get better at it and add different looks and different schemes."

Rowland is one of three juniors on the team. She was particularly effectively in scoring off of steals and hitting layups.

"We were pleasantly surprised on the score," she said. "The scrimmage we had was OK but not great so we were a little nervous."

Defense was the best part of the game, Rowland indicated.

Baldwin plays at Marion on Wednesday.