MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin High School basketball teams split a pair of non-conference weekend games against rival Wilkinson County. The girls’ team won 66-42, and the boys’ team lost 74-59, before an estimated 1,500 spectators at the BHS gymnasium Saturday night.
The girls’ team broke a three-game losing streak with a late opening quarter 14-point run that was started with a pair of free throws by senior Destynee Reynolds. Her second shot from the charity stripe gave her team a 9-8 lead that they would never relinquish. Senior Terrian Williams got six of her team-high 20 points during that run and added a team-high seven boards by the end of the contest.
Wilkinson County did score 11 points in the final four minutes of the first half to draw within seven points at the half, 27-20.
The closest Wilkinson County would get was within two scores at 29-23 early in the third quarter before that quarter ended 45-34 in favor of the Bravettes.
“It was a rivalry game so we wanted to come out and play well,” said girls’ head coach Randall Owens.
“We felt that in the first half we didn’t do well enough defensively, but we made some second-half adjustments and went on to win the game.”
Sophomore Tykeasia Williams added 13 points and nine assists, while freshman Courtney Butts had a dozen points. The Bravettes were strong on the glass with seniors Kayla McCray and Shemirika Manson pulling down six and five boards, respectively.
The boys’ basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped. The Braves played their best in the final quarter, scoring 21 of the game’s final 28 points before falling 74-59.
“We kind of got away, as a team, from what we wanted to do and as a result ended up being down 17 (at the intermission),” said boys’ head coach Rechard Larkin.
“I’m disappointed to lose by 15, to a team who we definitely think we can compete much better with. In no way are we pleased with the effort we provided (Saturday night). On these types of stages, you have to bring your absolute best game.”
Senior Marquise Williams accounted for nearly half of his team’s total with 28 points while getting a double-double with 11 boards.
“Marquise is huge for us and that’s no secret. I believe he’s one of the best big men in the state,” said Owens.
“I felt I could’ve played better to help out the team,” added Williams.
Wilkinson County came out the gate strong building an early eight-point lead that carried them through the first quarter at 21-13, although the Braves twice came within three.
The Warriors built their first double-digit lead with a 3-pointer to start the second quarter and added a late six-point run from which Baldwin couldn’t recover.
Baldwin out-scored Wilkinson 32-30 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 17-point deficit from the intermission.
Senior Stetson Richardson had 10 points, while sophomore Damarious Mason added nine.