Baldwin girls drop first two ballgames

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s girls basketball team was 0-2 after its first two games last week.

The Panthers lost to Mason County Eastern on Friday 38-27.

“The kids just laid it out there,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “Yes, we lost by 11 points. But the heart and grit, I’m excited about these girls. It will be a struggle to make baskets. But they’re going to keep battling.”

Leading scorer for Baldwin was Diamond Cannon with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Jaylee Warren chipped in with six points.

“I’m actually really happy with them,” Bolles said. “The first game we dressed just nine girls. Of the nine girls, only three of them had varsity experience. Two are sophomores and one is a senior. My senior, Nicole Mooney, it’s only her second year. My experience is young.”

The first game was Wednesday, Dec. 9 against Walkerville, which was playing its fourth game. Baldwin lost 47-24.

Leading scorer for Baldwin was Cannon with 10 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Amani Freeman had six points and 10 boards. 

“Jaylee Warren also had a solid all-around game, with many nice passes and great hustle,” Bolles said.

Baldwin is now 0-2 overall and in WMD league play. Baldwin played Wednesday at Onekama and is at Brethren on Friday for two league games.

“The tougher teams are coming,” Bolles said. “That will be tough on us. But I’m happy with the effort so far. They’re not playing like freshmen and sophomores. We’re like a JV team playing varsity. But they’re coming to play. They know it will be tough. They’re going to work.”

The first game last week “was a warmup to the season,” sophomore Kiera Barker said, noting the season opener was delayed a week. “We need to see where (improvement was needed). We were amazing on defense. But we weren’t as good offensively. We’re loosening up right now.”

The Panthers also are playing without Makayla George, out until January with a knee injury.