Baldwin girls basketball team opens action this week

BALDWIN — The season begins this week for the Baldwin girls basketball team, which is eager to experience some early-season tests.

The season was originally scheduled to start last week at Traverse City Christian, but that school dropped its program for lack of numbers. Coach Doug Bolles was hopeful of picking up another game, but nothing was able to be scheduled.

Baldwin was home Wednesday against Walkerville and is scheduled to be home Friday night against Mason County Eastern.

“We’re pretty even with them,” Bolles said. “We’re comparable with both of them.”

Baldwin will be playing until next month without all-league candidate Makayla George, who is nursing a knee injury sustained in practice last month.

Nicole Mooney enters the season as the only senior, along with George, but Bolles is hopeful some of his younger players will assert a strong role on the team. That includes Kiera Barker, Mya Lewis, Maria Sowle, Diamond Cannon and twins Marissa and Marlena Wroblewski.

Next week, the Panthers are on the road in West Michigan D League action. They’re at Onekama on Dec. 16 and at Brethren on Dec. 18 to face two of the top teams in the conference.

That will be the schedule going into the holiday break. The Panthers are home on Jan. 6 against Manistee Catholic Central, at Bear Lake on Jan. 8 and at Crossroads on Jan. 13 prior to home games on Jan. 15 with Pentwater and on Jan. 19 with Muskegon Heights.