Baldwin girls lose to Crossroads

BALDWIN — The regular season produced a 1-18 record overall for Baldwin and an 0-16 mark in the West Michigan D League.

But coach P.T. Jones was looking forward to the postseason and also was looking ahead to 2011-12.

Baldwin ended the regular season in a 65-39 loss to Crossroads Friday night.

Alex Torres sparked the Panthers with 20 points.

Courtney Carlson scored on a layup for the Cougars who were up 40-24 with 50 seconds left in the third quarter. Brittany Grant sank two free throws for Baldwin to make it a 40-26 game. It was 42-26 after three quarters.

Ashley Soller had a basket to give Crossroads an 18-point lead to open the fourth quarter. Cassie Johnson scored for Baldwin with 5:50 to play but the Cougars were comfortably ahead 45-30. Marissa Kelly scored moments later for the Panthers, who cut the Cougar lead to a 43-33. But Erica Frisbie hit a pair for Crossroads, which padded its lead to 53-35 with four minutes to play after two straight Carlson baskets. Carlson scored again for a 59-39 Cougar lead with 2:41 to play.

Soller scored six points in the first quarter for Crossroads, but the Panthers netted four points from Torres and a triple from Alisha Davis to take a 13-10 lead going into the second quarter.

“The girls fought hard,” said Baldwin coach P.T. Jones-Salaam. “When we played them earlier in the season, we thought we had a chance to win. Marissa Kelly isn’t 100 percent. With her not 100 percent, we don’t have the defense inside. But Alex picked up the slack along with Cassie Johnson and Alisha Davis.

Kelly, a starting post player, has been recovering from mononucleosis she battled earlier in the season.

Torres continues to be a dangerous weapon for the Panthers.

Baldwin played Marion at Buckley in Class D district action on Wednesday.