Matchups with region foe Mary Persons on Friday night at home proved to be the end of streaks for the Baldwin High basketball teams, as the ladies ended a three-game win streak and a five-game losing streak for the men came to an end.
Competing against the defending region champions, the BHS women dug themselves a hole early on that they could not climb out of, ultimately falling 58-44 to the Lady Bulldogs.
“We knew going into this game that Mary Persons was a very good basketball team,” Randall Owens, women’s head coach, said. “They did a great job of getting out to a fast start in the first quarter. They outscored us 21-8 in the first quarter, but the first quarter aside, we played them pretty evenly throughout.”
Bria Reeves led the Bravettes on Friday with 13 points in the contest, followed by Jayla Waller with 11 and Ja’La Douglas with 10 against Mary Persons.
While their offense warmed up throughout the ballgame, BHS never could consistently stop the Lady Bulldogs, allowing more than 50 points in the game.
“They did a great job of handling our pressure, and that’s something a lot of teams haven’t been able to do this season,” Owens said. “They were coached up well on our press, and broke it with ease throughout the night.”
Though the Bravettes cut Mary Persons lead to six points early in the fourth quarter, Owens believes the youth of the team inhibited the team’s ability to pull out the victory.
“Mary Persons has been through the wars, and we’re trying to get there,” he said. “Playing with younger players, at times you will have those growing pains.”
Following the women’s loss to Mary Persons, the men snapped a streak of their own, winning their first contest out of the last six ball games, beating the Bulldogs 68-54.