Both Baldwin High basketball teams faced tough Washington County squads on the road Saturday night, in the second match up between the two schools this season.
The Bravettes continued to show their defensive prowess, holding the Lady Golden Hawks to under 40 points though, they were unable to pull off a win, falling 27-37 in the contest.
“Unfortunately we lost to a big rival, Washington County in a low-scoring, defensive game, but again, the effort was there,” Randall Owens, women’s head coach, said. “We just didn’t execute well enough to win the basketball game, but still saw a lot of positives, regardless.”
Washington County matched the Bravette’s defensive ability, forcing BHS to turn the ball over and miss shots.
“Washington County plays very good man-to-man defense, which kind of disrupted some of the things we like to do,” Owens said. “Again, the defensive effort was there; we just didn’t convert on the offensive end — too many turnovers, too many missed shots.”
Jayla Waller led the team in scoring on Saturday night, finishing in the double digits with 14 points against the Lady Golden Hawks, while Bria Reeves also contributed to the team’s efforts with seven points for BHS.
“We had good contribution, scoring-wise from Jayla Waller, and Bria Reeves led the offensive effort,” Owens said. “Again they played hard. They had good looks just some of the shots didn’t fall for some of the other players, as well as them.”
To address the lack of offensive production in Saturday night’s contest, Owens plans to spend more time on the offense in the second half of the season.
“Clearly, our players have bought into our defensive mentality, and that’s just telling me and the rest of the coaching staff that we now need to spend a little more time on the offensive end,” he said. “We need to do some things just to strengthen our offensive game, but I think it will come.”