Losses in their respective regular season finales proved to be costly for the Baldwin High School boys and girls basketball teams Friday, but that won’t keep them out of region championship contention.
The Bravettes (18-7 overall, 6-2 region) dropped their matchup at Cross Creek 58-52, which forced a three-way tie for the top spot in Region 3-4A. With no regular season games left to settle the score, a coin toss was used to determine seeding for the region tournament bracket among Baldwin, Cross Creek and Burke County. Cross Creek came out on top while the Bravettes landed in second and the Burke County Lady Bears dropped to third. The No. 1 seed is the only one that matters in the grand scheme of things since second and third place are matched up in the bracket, meaning the Baldwin girls will take on Burke in the region semis Thursday.
Head coach Kizzi Walker’s team split its two games against the Lady Bears this season, dropping the first one 61-40 on the road then winning at home 53-51 a couple weeks ago to make the three-way tie a possibility. Both teams have already earned their way into the state tournament, but it’s the region title that is on the line this week. Baldwin and Burke are set to tip off 4 p.m. Thursday in one semifinal while Cross Creek will face either Richmond Academy or Thomson later that same night. Losers go on to the consolation game Friday at 4 p.m. while the winners will square off for the Region 3-4A championship 7 p.m. Friday. Coach Walker’s Bravettes are looking for their second consecutive region title after winning last season’s in overtime versus Burke.
Over on the boys side it’s a similar story for the Baldwin Braves (13-8 overall, 6-2 region). They too dropped Friday’s game at Cross Creek by a score of 67-64 forcing a two-way tie for the top seed in region. Just like in the girls bracket, Cross Creek won that decision as well. Actually the five-team tournament is seeded the exact same for both the boys and girls. That means first-year head coach Anthony Webb’s Braves will have the Burke County Bears in the region semifinals Thursday at 5:30 p.m. They too split their regular season games with one another as Burke took the first one 64-54 while Baldwin bounced back to take the rematch 58-48 at home. They will settle the score Thursday to determine which team gets to compete for the region championship. Cross Creek awaits the winner of Richmond Academy and Thomson for the other semifinal. The boys consolation game will be Friday at 5:30 p.m. with the region championship set for 8:30 p.m. The Baldwin boys will be trying for their third region title in four seasons and first under Coach Webb.
All region tournament games, both boys and girls, are being played at Cross Creek High School in Augusta.