BALDWIN — Baldwin’s girls basketball team lost 43-32 to Brethren on Thursday in West Michigan D League action.

Diamond Cannon scored seven points and Amani Freeman had six points in the first half that ended in a 17-17 tie.

The Panthers built a 11-6 lead in the first quarter but Brethren tied it early in the second.

Makayla George scored to open the third quarter for a 19-17 Panther lead.

George, nursing an injured knee, had to leave for part of the game before returning in the second half.

Baldwin was leading 23-22 heading into the final quarter, and got outscored 21-9.

“We worked really hard,” Freeman said. “It was disappointing to lose. I feel like we earned it. The effort and hustle were there.”

Freeman was happy with her defensive work.

“It starts with defense,” she said. “People kind of backed up Tatum Myers at the end. She got to shoot four 3-pointers in a row.”

Taytum Myers led Brethren with 14 points, including 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

“It was a great game for us, we have improved so much,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “We just couldn’t close it out, our youthfulness and inexperience got us a little bit in the final four minutes. But I’m so proud of these girls of my 10 players, six are freshman and sophomores. So the experience they’re getting is great. However with that, you have growing pains.”

Defense, Kiera Barker said, was the key in giving his team that lead.

“A lot of our shots weren’t falling, but defense led us there,” she said. “We just slipped. It was really our defense. They had fresh legs, we didn’t.”

The fourth quarter, “we kind of got drained,” Barker said. “We lost it.”

Going into Monday’s game against Onekama, “we have to get the offense together,” Freeman said.

“It’s defense, and we have to hit some of our key shots,”  Barker said.

Baldwin is home Thursday against Bear Lake