Baldwin girls set to open basketball season

BALDWIN —  Baldwin’s girls basketball team is in its fourth week of preseason practice and is anxious to get the season going.

The Panthers were scheduled to open Thursday at Traverse City Christian, but that game has been canceled.

“Traverse City Christian forfeited their program,” Baldwin coach Doug Bolles said.

There were tentative efforts to play a game on Friday against a new opponent. Otherwise, the home opener is Dec. 9 with West Michigan D League opponent Walkerville. Baldwin also has a home game on Dec. 11 with Mason County Eastern.

A scheduled home game with TC Christian on Jan. 19 will be played against Muskegon Heights.

Bolles said he has 11 players, including Makayla George, who is out until January with a knee injury. Amanyi Freeman is back from a foot injury.

Baldwin had a home scrimmage last week. “It was like an extended practice,” Bolles said. “I learned a lot about the girls.There was a lot of hustle. We learned we have to go harder in practice. When it goes in game situations, it’s up and down the court. We have to push a little more in our conditioning drills. We don’t have as many numbers.”

Baldwin only has one senior, Nicole Mooney, right now.

The Panthers, when they need some scoring, will look at shooters like Kiera Barker, Diamond Cannon, Freeman and Jaylee Warren.

“Kiera is a sophomore, Jayle’s a freshman, Diamond’s a sophomore and Amanyi’s a freshman,” Bolles said. “Nicole is a good leader, a good defensive player and a scrapper.”