MILLEDGEVILLE — Spectators enjoyed two thrillers on Tuesday night as the Baldwin High basketball teams clashed with Westside-Macon at home for Senior Night, as both games played out to be exciting contests with the girls winning and the boys coming up just short.
After a pair of losses to the number one team in the region over the weekend, the BHS girls notched a decisive 58-40 victory over the Lady Seminoles.
“Mary Person’s is the class of our region—back-to-back region champions—and have the reigning region player of the year, but to our credit we played them well in both games for three quarters each. They’re a championship level team, and they put together four quarters,” girls’ head coach Randall Owens said. “We took a lot of positives from the Mary Persons games, but it felt good tonight to be able to put together a complete game of our own against Westside.”
Appropriately, senior Shemirika Manson led the Bravettes on senior night with 16 points, followed by Tykeasia Williams with 13 points, 10 assists and 4 steals.
Quantasha Cannie added 12 points to the team’s efforts, while senior Terrian Williams also contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
According to Owens, the team chemistry was strong on Tuesday night, which led to a big win over a region opponent.
“The biggest thing we take from this game is that we were very unselfish tonight,” he said. “Players were genuinely happy for each other and cheering for each other, for the group that was on the floor. It feels going in a critical stretch in the season knowing that we’re both becoming a more cohesive team and a team that’s willing to play and fight for one another.”
Unfortunately, the boys’ contest would end differently, with a narrow 47-39 loss to the Seminoles.