Newman hoping to help Panthers earn key wins


BALDWIN — Weniesha Newman is a senior for the Baldwin girls basketball team, which will be looking to break into the win column next week when it returns from the holidays for the rest of the season.

Newman is usually playing in the post for the Panthers. Rebounds and putbacks are what Newman focuses on when she’s on the court. She’s satisfied with how she’s done so far.

The Baldwin senior said she’s improved “a lot” from last year. She’s been able to learn her role more effectively.

“I was like warming up, but now I’m in there already,” she said.

Rebounding has been an improvement for Newman, she indicated.

“I just need to put it up more,” Newman said. “The key to rebounding is posting up, boxing out. You have to cut in and push them out so one of your teammates can get the ball or you can go up there and get it yourself.”

It’s an assignment Newman feels is coming more natural to her as a senior. She’s working on putting the ball up more often to get points.

The Panthers resume action Wednesday at home with Brethren.

“We’re looking a lot better,” Newman said. “Last year, against Pentwater we lost by a lot. This year, (it was closer). We’re a team now, and do what we need to do.”

Another focus has been cutting back on turnovers and the Panthers continue to try hold down their number of miscues, Newman added.