BALDWIN — Baldwin girls basketball team lost last Thursday to West Michigan D League foe Mason County Eastern 37-30.

The Panthers started the game down 7-0 and battled the rest of the way.

“We cut it to two twice, but couldn’t quite get there,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said.

Baldwin falls to 1-10 overall and 0-9 in league.

Baldwin was led by sophomore captain Kiera Barker with 15 points.

“She finally found her groove, which was nice to see,” Bolles said.

“We did good, we were down in the first half,” Barker said. “We scrimmaged them before, but it’s the first time we played them. The girls looked good. Some shots are falling, and our defense is better.”

Amani Freeman had 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. 

A Tuesday game this week with Onekama was postponed because of the weather. There was no word on a makeup date. Baldwin is home with Brethren on Thursday.

Practices have focused on one-on-one sessions, Barker noted.

“We also did some things team oriented and pressure oriented,” she said. “We definitely have some talent. We just need the right way to put it together.”

Her teammate, Jaylee Warren, agrees.

“Kiera made a lot of points for us,” Warren said. “We played really good. Our only problem was our defense. If we have had our defense, we have definitely won. We need to be more in order. We’re not in focused. We just think offense. We have to rebound and play our positions.

“We’ve gotten a lot better, so much better. I think we’re definitely confident going into the game.”

Warren, a freshman, also continues to get more confidence.

“I think defense is my best part,” Warren said.