BALDWIN ― Nyesha Pieske is a junior in her second varsity basketball season for Baldwin with hopes of helping the Panthers have a strong year.

The Panthers opened earlier this month with a 38-20 loss to Pentwater.

“We did good. We improved since last year,” Pieske said. “We need to work at getting open down in the post to make our shots. Aggressive-wise, we were there.”

Pieske usually is in the middle to play defense and go after rebounds. She’s also comfortable she can score points. She had four points in the opener.

“We’re looking for inside shots,” she said. “If not, we want the girls to go back up.”

It’s early in the season, and the Panthers are hoping to keep getting better.

“There’s room in every area, especially defense,” she said.

The Panthers have struggled for wins in recent years and are hoping to turn it around this year under new coach Doug Bolles.

“We have speed and we have chemistry too,” Pieske said.

The Panthers, since the start of practices in early November, have been working out under a new coach’s system.

“The first week was kind of a we test you, you test us type of thing,” Pieske  said. “Now we go in and get right at it.”

The Panthers host Onekama on Dec. 19.