Baldwin girls lose close game to Walkerville 48-41

BALDWIN — Baldwin couldn’t hang onto late-game leads and fell to Walkerville in West Michigan D League girls basketball action 48-41 on Friday.

Walkerville (4-4, 3-2) went on a 17-4 run in the fourth quarter over Baldwin (1-7, 1-5) to take control of the game.

Coach Rusty Fullerton indicated his team ran out of gas in the late stages.

Baldwin trailed 12-7 after the first quarter and led 25-20 at halftime. Jenna Johnson had eight points Kendre Speer six and Jaylee Warren four in the first half for Baldwin.

“We were pressing,” Fullerton said. “We ran out of gas and couldn’t; keep up with the pace we set for ourselves.”

A basket by Mariah Sowle gave Baldwin a 33-26 lead midway in the third quarter. The Panthers were up 37-31 after third quarter.

Turnover problems thwarted the Panthers in the fourth quarter. Johnson scored at 6:00 of the fourth for a 39-33 lead. Walkerville cut it to 39-28 at 5:01. Savannah Fulford scored to give her team a 40-39 lead. The Wildcats scored six unanswered points for a 46-39 lead.

Jenna Johnson had 16 points and Speer had 11. Ashley Merrimen has 15 for Walkerville.

“We could have done better if we communicated more,” senior Jada Johnson said. “If we all paid attention and would got rebounds, we’d do better.”

“We worked really hard,” Warren said. “We were into it. (In the fourth quarter) we were all really tired.”

“The girls tend to block everything else out, including myself, when they get tired,” Fullerton said.

Baldwin is home Wednesday against Muskegon Heights.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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