Sowle’s leadership skills continue to fuel Panthers

BALDWIN — Mariah Sowle continues to give good leadership to the Baldwin girls basketball team along with solid ball handling on the court from the guard position.

The Panthers have shown improvement, under coach Alex Torres, in recent games despite having an 0-9 record. A key improvement has been in ball handling and Sowle has been working hard to do her part.

“The key is looking for the open person and keeping low and making sure the ball doesn’t get stolen,” Sowle said. 

The Panthers continue to focus on breaking the press and have been working on making progress.

The Panthers have shown potential after strong performances in losses to Manistee Catholic Central and Bear Lake. On Tuesday, the Panthers lost 51-25 to Bear Lake in West Michigan D League action. They also lost to Manistee Catholic Central 52-35.

“We have to follow our shots and keep shooting,” Sowle said. 

The effort with only six girls in uniform against Manistee Catholic Central may have been the Panthers best of the season.

“We played awesome,”  Baldwin coach Alex Torres said.

“It’s a good game even though we lost,” Sowle said. “We weren’t focused in the first half.”

The key in upcoming games, Sowle said, will be to focus for all four quarters.

Baldwin is at Pentwater on Thursday, at Evart on Monday and at Brethren on Feb. 2. The next home game is Feb. 9 against Mason County Eastern.