Baldwin High’s basketball teams represented the school well, going 2-1 in their own Little Ceasars Antebellum Holiday Tournament, contested Thursday through Saturday in the BHS gymnasium.
Pulling off impressive wins in their first two games over Washington County (62-33) and Hancock Central (59-41), the Bravettes settled for a runner-up spot in the tournament after falling 51-25 to Cedar Shoals in the championship game.
“Overall, I’m very happy with where we are after the first month of the season,” Randall Owens, women’s head coach, said. “Again, we’re very young. You have to give all the credit to Cedar Shoals and their experience over our youth.”
Owens is pleased with the way his girls have improved thus far in the season and how well they adjusted in the tournament.
“Anytime you play in a Christmas tournament, that is a time you want to try different things and try different matchups, it’s a time to gain experience,” he said. “Overall, I’m very happy with the progress right now. The players are doing a great job of playing very fast and playing together.”
Receiving substantial contributions from senior Jayla Waller and junior Shemirika Manson, as well as production from freshmen Bria Reeves and Tykeasia Williams, Owens was not surprised to have the opportunity to play for the tournament championship against Cedar Shoals.
“The biggest asset that we have is we have a lot of depth. It’s a mix and match, and it’s a feel that I have at the start of every basketball game,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it was a surprise to be in the championship game, but I will say that if we continue to play like that we should have more wins like that in the second half of the season.”
Also performing well over the weekend, the BHS men pulled off a third place showing in the holiday tournament, taking down Thompson 60-52 to earn the spot.