Lovett playing key role for Panthers

BALDWIN — Zach Lovett has gotten off to a strong start for Baldwin’s boys basketball team and is hoping it continues.

Lovett has been among the key players for the Panthers in his junior season.

“I’ve played all right,” he said. ‘There’s still a few things I can work on.”

Lovett has been focusing on rebounding. He indicated he’s been boxing out effectively and establishing his ground.

“You have to come in and show them who’s the better player,” he said.

Lovett has been focusing on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Offensively, he’s looking to help the Panthers from mid-range. He wants to be a 50 percent shooter.

He’s been working on taking open shots.

The Panthers were active with practices during the holiday break.

“We’ve been working on our screens,” Lovett said.

Baldwin, 5-0, plays at home against Crossroads on Thursday, and has a busy slate of games coming up. The Panthers have had less than 10 players on the roster, which means Lovett and his teammates will be putting in a lot of minutes. But he’s confident he and his teammates are in good enough shape to handle the extra load. He acknowledged staying out of foul trouble also will be critical.