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January 14, 2014

BHS basketball splits Westside

MILLEDGEVILLE — Opening up the second half of the season’s region schedule, Baldwin High basketball split games against Westside Friday in Macon.

Moving to 3-2 in the region, the Bravettes routed the Lady Seminoles of Westside 65-49 for a much-needed win.

“Friday night’s game was a game that everything seemed to fall into place at the right time,” girls’ head coach Randall Owens said. “We played well offensively, we played well defensively and we came away with an all-around great effort.”

Coming off a loss to rival Washington County, the girls rebounded nicely on Friday.

“I like to believe that we’re just hitting our stride right now in the middle of our season,” Owens said. “There’s no question Washington County is a championship-level team, and we prefer to play teams like that to gauge where we are.”

Leading the team effort against the Lady Seminoles was the BHS trio of Tykeasia Williams, with 19 points and six assists, followed by Shemirika Manson with 12 points and Courtney Butts with 11.

“For us, we need to have three scorers every night,” Owens said. “The beauty of it is that we do not depend on the same three players to score every night. We have several players capable of scoring in the double digits on any night.”

Though the girls put on a show offensively for the Westside crowd, Owens suggests that it was the defense that sealed the victory for the Bravettes against their region opponent.

“Although we’re scoring a lot of points this season, we pride ourselves on our defensive end,” he said. “It all starts with causing turnovers, which leads to easy baskets in transition.

“We tend to do well in games that we’re committed on the defensive end, and those games we’re able to create a lot of turnovers, which leads to easy baskets and double-digit margin wins.”

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