Baldwin girls have high hopes

Bergman returns as coach

Naomi Marsh- Robinson




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BALDWIN – Nikki Bergman returns as Baldwin girls basketball coach with high hopes for a varsity team this winter.

“Our 2020-2021 season was cut short due to multiple opt outs following the pause (by state government),” Bergman said. “Our program’s biggest loss is Monique Rowland who in our last complete season (2019-2020 JV level) averaged 22 points per game and led us in every statistical category.

“More importantly than her statistical contributions, was the leadership and hustle she provided on the court. She really set the tone for us on the court with her hard nosed play and we will miss that energy.”

Sophomore Naomi Marsh-Robinson, forward  “is a strong athletic forward that will be playing her first year of high school basketball,” Bergman said. “She has all the intangible qualities that a coach would want in a player. She is a hard worker, intelligent, eager to learn and very coachable. Naomi has a lot of potential to become a key player for us over the next 3 years. I look for her to be a key contributor for us on the boards as well as scoring from both the inside and off the dribble.”

Sophomore Arnasha Jones,  “will be playing her first year of organized basketball as a sophomore with us,” Bergman said. “Arnasha is a point guard with an exceptional handle. I expect Arnasha to have the ball in her hands a lot for us and to make plays with her ability and desire to distribute. I’m very excited for her to get to showcase her ability. She has a lot of potential that I look forward to watching develop.”

“Junior Aariona Burrell, forward “is a fast and athletic wing forward combo,” Bergman said. “Aariona plays hard defensively and provides a lot of deflections and disruptions that are valuable for our unit. I expect her to contribute offensively by getting us second chance opportunities as well as proving to be a threat from the wing. Her length and speed will create a lot of opportunities for us on both ends of the floor.”

Junior Nate Shannon, “ is a Junior forward and will be playing for the second year,” Bergman said. “Nate played for us as a freshman and has made tremendous progress since then. They will provide defensive energy and a physical presence for us inside. Nate is a hard worker and a great lead by example type of player for us.”

Bre’Indel Watkins, “ is a fundamentally well rounded player,” Bergman said. “ She understands the game and is very coachable. Bre’Indel’s strength is her mid-range shooting. She has a consistent shot that will make her scoring a valuable contribution for us. Br’Indel can do a little bit of everythi