MILLEDGEVILLE — Momentum has shifted for the Baldwin High basketball teams, as both the boys and girl’s squads took on region foe Veterans on the road Friday night.
Fresh off of their first win of the season, as well as first win in the region, the boy’s team came out on top in another close game with a 51-48 win over the Warhawks.
“One thing that we definitely realized is that the season is indeed a long season, but going into post-season we certainly want to win as many ball games as we can,” boy’s head coach Rechard Larkin said. “We had a very tough game on the road on Friday night against a very good Veterans team. Up until this Friday night, we hadn’t actually beat Veterans at Veterans the past three years, so to get that in a tough environment and on the road, that was huge for us. We’re so thankful to have such great guys and ladies working with us to make the overall program better.”
Marquise Williams provided the Braves with another double-double to help nudge the team toward its second victory, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds.
“Of course Marquise continued his great performance for us, and I don’t think its any secret that he’s going to be that guy for us every night, but we need other guys to step up around him to make plays,” Larkin said.
Jatavius Williams was one of those guys for BHS with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
“We finally had Jatavius step up for us and knock down those shots that he certainly can,” Larkin said. “That’s the type of play we’re expecting to be able to contribute for us.”
Another young player that stepped up for the Braves on Friday was Marshall Dunn, who Larkin credits for much of the defensive success.
“Marshall Dunn played a heck of a ball game for us,” Larkin said. “He was harassing and playing great defense, and we’re pleased with the things Marshall has brought to us.”
Though the Braves started the season in a slump, it appears the boys have found their stride now seven contests into the schedule.
While the boy’s team has now won two games in a row, the girls have dropped their last three competitions.
The Bravettes battled in a sloppy contest on Friday, only to come up short in a 49-38 loss to the Lady Warhawks.
“Veterans is a much-improved basketball team, which we knew going into the game,” girl’s head coach Randall Owens said. “We didn’t match their intensity and they outplayed us, so the result was that they won the basketball game.
“There was a total lack of focus for us from beginning to the end. We didn’t do well offensively or defensively, and Veterans capitalized on our mistakes.”
While Shemirika Manson led the team with 10 points on the night, Owens admits it was not the best game this season for either team.
“As bad as we played, we still had a chance,” he said. “That’s the most disappointing thing about it. They just made a few more plays down the stretch than we did.”
Despite the three most recent losses, Owens remains confident that the Bravettes will get back to their winning ways.
“Overall, I believe we are still a very confident team, but right now we’re going through a difficult stretch,” he said. “This difficult stretch is on the road, but I feel like our fortunes will change in the future.”
BHS will take on rival Wilkinson County Saturday at home beginning with JV games at 4:30 p.m. followed by the girls’ game at 7 p.m.