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.”
While the Bravettes struggled to put points on the board against Washington County, the men fought to hold the Golden Hawks at bay in the closing minutes of the game, as the Braves held on for a 50-48 victory.
“I think our guys ended up playing a really good game. The game ended up being a whole lot closer than it was with a minute to go,” Rechard Larkin, men’s head coach, said. “With a minute and four to go we were up nine points and looking to finish strong and close out a ball game, and the Golden Hawks, you know they got after it and they competed until the very end.”
Leading the way for BHS was Javonte Adams and Marquise Williams, each with 12 points in the game, followed by Juwon Freeman with 10 points of his own. Adams also had three assists against Washington County.
Defensively, Williams powered his way for six rebounds and two blocked shots, while Tyree Solomon snagged four steals.
“We played exceptional basketball I think, with the exception of the last minute and four seconds,” Larkin said. “I’m just really pleased with the way our guys came out, on the attack Saturday night.”
The BHS basketball teams will travel tonight to take on region-rival Mary Persons, with the ladies tipping off at 6 p.m. and the men take the court at 7:30 p.m.