Johnson continues strong freshman season

BALDWIN — Jenna Johnson’s strong freshman season has been paying off for the Baldwin girls basketball team.

The Panthers have had a winless season at 0-9 but put together two strong performances in recent games against Bear Lake and Manistee Catholic Central.

Johnson continues to be among the top players in her freshman season. She fouled out against Manistee Catholic, which was a key situation for the Panthers, who only dress six players.

Yet, Baldwin took plenty out of that particular ballgame.

“We played pretty good, I guess,” Johnson said. “It was one of our better ones. We played better defense in this game.”

But Johnson said after a practice on Monday that she continues to work on improving in various areas of her game.

“I could do better,” she said. “That’s what I’m working on.”

A recent focus for Johnson has been on her free throws.

“A key is focus,” she said.

Johnson has been working on her point guard position.

“I’ve been OK,” she said. “The key is being a good dribbler and practicing more and being good ball handlers.”

The Baldwin girls recently went to a new coach with Alex Torres.

“It’s been going well,” Johnson said.

Baldwin plays at Pentwater on Thursday, at Evart on Monday and at Brethren on Feb. 2.