Baldwin girls resume action on Friday at home

BALDWIN — Baldwin’s girls basketball team returns to action Friday night with a West Michigan D League game against Crossroads Charter Academy.

The Panthers currently don’t have a head coach following the resignation of Lee Vickers prior to the holiday break. Athletic director Shawn Williams said he was waiting for school board approval before announcing a new girls basketball coach.

In the meantime, assistant coach Alex Torres, a former Baldwin basketball  and community college player, said she was working with the team, along with boys junior high coach Rusty Fullerton.

Torres indicated she started working with the team with the departure of Vickers prior to the Christmas break. Torres had originally been the JV coach but became more of a varsity assistant when there were only enough numbers for a varsity team.

The Panthers are off to an 0-4 start and are battling inexperience. Veteran player Diamond Cannon had been among the top scorers but has moved from the area and is no longer on the team, Torres indicated. Team leaders have included Marissa and Marlena Wroblewski, Mariah Sowle, Myah Lewis and Jenna Johnson.

The team is putting things together “as best we can,” Torres said, as the Panthers work to get better on both ends of the court.

The Panthers will have a doubleheader on Tuesday at home against Ellington Prep. The girls play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys varsity game. Baldwin also is scheduled to have road games Jan. 13 at Walkerville and Jan. 16 at Muskegon Heights.