Baldwin girls defeat Bulldogs, host Crossroads on Friday

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s girls basketball team defeated the Traverse City Home School Bulldogs on Tuesday 50-22, improving the Panthers’ record to 3-13 overall and 1-12 in West Michigan D League play.

Diamond Cannon led Baldwin with 16 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots while Amani Freeman had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and point guard Kiera Barker had a solid all around game with five points, five steals and four assists.

Next for Baldwin is Friday at home against 16-1 Crossroads Charter Academy, which has already clinched the West Michigan D League title.

The Panthers will try to stop Crossroads’ Miranda Carlson, who scored 27 points to lead the Cougars (16-1) to a 48-36 nonleague victory on Tuesday over McBain Northern Michigan Christian (9-8).

Carlson netted 5 3-pointers and four field goals.

“My shooting was on, that was good,” Carlson said. “I felt like I was going to be on. At first, they let me shoot. Later, they kind of (focused) on me. We played as a team. We communicated and were really intense.”

Carlson netted eight points to ignite her team to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter. The Cougar defense continued to frustrate the Comets in the second quarter. Carlson netted a 3-pointer late in the half for a 23-12 advantage.

For the first half, Carlson had 13 points and opened the second half with a 3-pointer for a 26-12 advantage.

“Obviously, Miranda was huge for us tonight and made some shots,” Crossroads coach JJ Eads said. “We can’t wait for her to break out and score even more.”

“We have a lot to work on,” Eads said. “We’ll be playing one of the bests teams in the state in districts (Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart). We have to prepare for them. We have to find a way to score more consistently.”

“We want to work on things in games we want to do against (Sacred Heart),” Carlson said.