Baldwin girls basketball team end its season

BALDWIN — The season ended at 1-19 last week for the Baldwin girls basketball team with a 60-22 loss to Marion in Class D girls basketball district semifinal action at Buckley.

Marion was up 17-0 after the first quarter, 39-10 at halftime and 54-17 after the third quarter.

Alex Torres scored 14 points for Baldwin. Jaalyn Washington grabbed seven rebounds.

“Alex did a yeoman’s job of trying to carry this team,” said Baldwin coach P.T. Jones-Salaam. “She scored a majority of our points. However, we only got a few points from our freshmen. Our defense lacked without Marissa Kelly in the middle. They dominated us on the backboards.”

Kelly was unable to play because of an illness.

“That really hurt not having her rebounding, offensive and defensive skills to block shots,” Jones-Salaam said. “Alex Torres held us up as best as she could. We didn’t score a lot of points. Marion was real strong. They had a lot of good ball movement. They didn’t press us a lot but when they did it really caused us to turn the ball over.

“We only had seven players so we were short without Kelly. With our young players, Alex Torres couldn’t get the support she needed from other teammates. As far as her offense and rebounding, she did what she could.”

Jones-Salaam is already looking ahead.

“We’re going to have to step up our girls program and give them what they need,” he said. “It’s promising with the middle school team we had this year. But they’re going to need more people from the high school level to fill the program. We’d really like to have a junior varsity and a varsity team. It’s tough for freshmen to learn the game at the varsity level.”