Baldwin girls basketball team facing depth issues right now

BALDWIN — Depth and experience are two key factors for the Baldwin girls basketball team coach Doug Bolles realizes may not be working in his team’s favor right now.

All-conference candidate Makayla George sustained a knee injury in a recent practice and is expected to be out until January, Bolles said.

Amanyi Freeman is nursing a foot injury from volleyball and will be out for a few weeks.

The Panthers hosted a multi-team scrimmage on Tuesday with Muskegon Heights, Mason County Eastern and Walkerville.

“Our leaders right now, without Makayla, are sophomores Kierra Barker and Diamond Canon and senior Nicole Mooney,” Bolles said. “But we’re going to be extremely short and raw.”

Patience also will be a key factor.

“I don’t know how patient we’re going to be,” Bolles said. “As young as we are, we might get rattled and the pace might get to them.”

Bolles was looking at Tuesday’s scrimmage to be an extended practice, “learn from it and see where we have to go. We’ll just see what happens.”

The season begins Dec. 3 at Traverse City Christian. The first home game is Dec. 9 with Walkerville. There’s also a home game Dec. 11 with Mason County Eastern. There are five games scheduled prior to the holiday break.

“It’s going to hurt numbers wise,” Bolles said.

Baldwin is expected to only have a varsity team right now.