The Baldwin High School girls basketball team capped off its perfect regular season Friday with a 42-20 win over the visiting West Laurens Lady Raiders. The Bravettes finished their 2020-2021 campaign with a 14-0 record heading into the playoffs.
“It’s a great feeling, but it’s kind of scary,” said fourth-year head coach Kizzi Walker. “We haven’t lost a game, so we still don’t know what a loss feels like. We’re trying to stay away from one.”
The Bravettes began their region matchup with a dominant first quarter, sprinting out to a 15-2 lead.
Baldwin senior Sanaa Ross dominated the paint to start the game, grabbing rebound after rebound before finishing the opening period with three made baskets and a block. Freshman sisters Madison and Morgan Ruff combined for eight first-quarter points, including a swished corner three from Morgan.
However, the second quarter was an entirely different story. West Laurens came storming back, outscoring the crowd favorites 12-4 in the period and cutting the lead to three by halftime. The Bravettes led by a score of 19-16 heading into the third.
In the second half, the Bravettes turned it up a notch on both ends of the floor.
Madison came out of the locker room on fire, sinking a plethora of euro-step layups and three-point plays to get the home crowd on their feet. She torched the Raiders defense with a team-high 23 points on the night, scoring more than half of her team’s total points.
After dominating the third period, the Bravettes led 30-17, allowing zero field goals in the quarter.
The defense was just as relentless in the final eight minutes. Baldwin gave up just one West Laurens bucket in the fourth, allowing a single three-pointer late in the contest.
Madison continued to extend her team’s lead with several highlight plays, including a devastating reverse layup. The Raiders defense had no answers for the talented freshman and her bag of tricks.
The Bravettes ended the game in dominant fashion, outscoring their opponents 23-4 in the second half. Ross finished with 10 points, while Morgan contributed five of her own.
“We had to make some adjustments at halftime,” Walker said. “The girls had to stop fouling. We kept them in the first half by sending them to the foul line.”
Along with their undefeated overall record, Baldwin moved to a perfect 10-0 mark in region play with Friday night’s win.
The Bravettes will look to continue their dominant form as they now prepare for the AAAA state playoffs set to begin in a couple of weeks. Date and opponent are to be determined, but Baldwin will get to host the opening round.