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.”
Williams contributed to the team’s defensive stops with seven steals on the night.
“Tykeasia Williams is the leader of the team,” Owens said. “We do very well with her on the floor.”
At 7-6 this season, the BHS girls look to continue their momentum against an 11-2 Rutland squad tonight.
“Should be a good game,” Owens said. “It’s going to be a good challenge for us.”
While the girls keep their winning record alive, the boys continue to struggle with injuries, as they lost 77-44 to the Seminoles on Friday.
“Westside played an incredible game,” boys’ head coach Rechard Larkin said. “It was almost as if they were shooting into the ocean.”
Unfortunately, the Braves’ have been limited with injuries this season, sidelining many of the team’s starters in recent contests.
“Our guys played well,” Larkin said. “We really only had eight, but we dressed out nine. We were hoping that we would be able to compete, but once two of our starters picked up two fouls in the first quarter, that kind of changed things because now we’re playing guys that don’t have a lot of varsity experience.”
While BHS was unable to notch its sixth win of the season on Friday night, Marquise Williams continued to show his dominance in the region with another double-double — 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Damarious Mason also played well, leading the squad in scoring with 15 points against the Seminoles.
“He actually did an outstanding job in the minutes he played on Friday night,” Larkin said.
Going into a region contest at home tonight, Larkin admits the team may dress a small roster once again.
“It very well could be the same situation — it could be the same eight guys, but that will be a game-time decision,” he said. “We’re in a different scenario, where we have a region game on our home court. We don’t know that we’ll be at 100 percent, but nonetheless we’ll certainly give it our best shot to win.”