Baldwin girls fall to CCA

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy girls basketball team (8-1, 7-0) remained undefeated in the West Michigan D League with a 56-17 win over Baldwin (0-7, 0-7) on Thursday.

Miranda Carlson scored 26 points for CCA including 18 in the first half, which ended in a 32-10 Cougar lead. She hit 10 points in the first quarter and eight more in the second, which included a pair of 3-pointers. Jayla Strickland added 12 points.

It was 14-4 after the first quarter and CCA especially bothered the Panthers with an effective full-court press in the second period.

“We came a little flat from the floor,” CCA coach JJ Eads said. “Last week, we had a rough first half at Walkerville. We needed to get our momentum going again.”

“It’s what we expected coming in,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said. “JJ has done a great job here. Crossroads is at the top of the conference. Defensively we were coming after it. But once a team scores on us and puts the press on, we turn the ball over.”

Kiera Barker netted a 3-pointer for Baldwin in the second quarter. Baldwin standout Mikayla George who has been out all season with a knee injury, was back Thursday and scored her first basket in the second quarter.

Carlson and Strickland opened the third quarter with baskets as Crossroads continued to dominate. It was 50-14 going into the fourth.

“(Carlson) was a little off last week and had a lot of foul trouble,” Eads said. “She’s really an underrated defender. She got a lot of her points off steals.”

Amanyi Freeman led Baldwin with five points.

Baldwin lost to Pentwater on Friday and advanced on Tuesday to a win over Muskegon Heights.