The Baldwin High School boys and girls basketball teams both advanced to the Region 3-4A championships Friday night.
They will compete for their titles Saturday night with the Bravettes set to play at 7 p.m. and the boys to follow at 8:30. Both games will be played at Cross Creek High School in Augusta. The other semifinals to determine their opponents were being played later Friday.
The Baldwin girls, under third-year head coach Kizzi Walker, advanced by defeating Burke County 58-56, making Friday the second time this season the Bravettes beat the team from Waynesboro by just two points. The victory also gives BHS the upper hand in the season series after the two teams split their regular season meetings.
This marks the Bravettes third straight trip to the Region 3-4A championship. They lost their first attempt in 2018 by losing to Burke in overtime, but bounced back to win last year in overtime, once again versus Burke.
Like the girls, the Baldwin boys broke their 1-1 season series tie with the Burke County Bears by winning the neutral site semifinal 62-58. The home team took each regular season meeting. This marks the Braves' third region championship berth in four years and first under first-year head coach Anthony Webb.
Win or lose in the region championship, the Baldwin basketball teams have already earned the right to host at least one state playoff game once the tournament begins.