CCA girls defeat Baldwin

BIG RAPIDS — Step one for the Crossroads Charter Academy girls basketball team is complete.

The Cougars defeated visiting Baldwin 62-26 Thursday to cap a 19-1 regular season and a 16-0 mark in the West Michigan D League. It is the second straight season they finished undefeated in the conference. Now they will set their sights to districts this week. 

“These girls work hard, they get along,” CCA coach J.J. Eads said of his team. “Before the year, I never looked at how many games we should win or shouldn’t win. I just wanted to take it one game at a time. I just knew if we came together, we’d have a shot to be pretty good.”

On Thursday, all five seniors started for the Cougars: Alyssa Larson, Katie Haner, Ellie Wickes, Kayla Kuenzel and Maddie Shroyer. Kuenzel made her first field goal of the season – a 3-pointer—early in the first quarter to give them an 8-2 lead.

Larson led the team with 17 points.

Miranda Carlson added 12 points and Wickes scored eight points. Haner chipped in six points.

Senior Miranda Roberts led the Panthers (5-14, 1-14 West Michigan D League) with 10 points, while junior Makayla George added nine points.

Coach Doug Bolles said CCA was one of the best team’s he’s seen all season

“They’ve got talent, they play hard, they hustle,” he said.  “They’re all over the floor. They have the whole package.”

Baldwin closed the regular season Saturday at Bear Lake with a 67-18 loss. It was scheduled to play Manistee Catholic Central on Wednesday in a district semifinal.

Bolles said he hopes this game helps prepare them for postseason play.

“I’m not concerned with what other teams are doing, we have to improve,” he said. “We have an opportunity (to win) as long as we improve. We can’t turn the ball over like this, but we’re not going to see a team like that in our district.”

Baldwin is 5-15 overall.