Baldwin girls win against Crossroads 48-40

Crossroads’ Kiara Atchison dribbles down the court against Baldwin. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — The rosters may not have favored Baldwin’s girls basketball team in its Tuesday West Michigan D League battle against Crossroads Charter Academy.

But the Panthers made up for it on the scoreboard.

Jenna Johnson scored 27 points to lead the Panthers (3-11, 3-8) over the Cougars (2-16, 1-11) 48-40.

Baldwin only dressed six players but was able to pull out the win.

“I thought we played very hard,” Crossroads coach Paulette Warczinsky said. “Not making our shots was the difference. They came back from being down by 17 at the half.”

The Panthers were up 11-5 after the first quarter. Allie Angell scored for Crossroads to cut the Baldwin lead to 14-7. Johnson had the hot hand for Baldwin and scored two baskets late in the second for a 28-11 halftime lead.

Crossroads got back in the game with a 6-0 run to open the second half. Angell scored to make it 36-20, late in the fourth.

Kendre Speer had a put-back for a 40-28 Panther lead at 5:45 of the fourth. Johnson scored on a drive at 2:28 of the fourth to make it 45-32, Panthers. She got hurt on the play and had to leave the game, but returned later.

Logan Atchison hit two free throws for Crossroads with 49 seconds to play to make it 45-38. Speer hit a free throw for Baldwin. Jada Johnson had a steal and Jenna  Johnson scored for a 48-38 lead to ice the win.

“It got a little dicey there at the end because of our short bench,” Baldwin coach Rusty Fullerton said “We squeaked it out.”

Baldwin will be going with six players the rest of the way, Fullerton said.]

“It’s always nice to get a win,” he said. “I’ll take it.”

Also for Baldwin, Alyssa Simmons had nine points, while Sowle and Speer had five points apiece.

Baldwin beat Crossroads 52-33 earlier this season.

“It’s a big improvement from the last time we played them,” Warczinsky said. ‘We had lots of hustle and really worked the ball around and shared it well.”

Haley Jankowski led Crossroads with 10 points.

Baldwin is at Walkerville and Crossroads is at Mason County Eastern on Thursday.

The two teams meet again on Feb. 26 at Marion in a first-round Class D district game.

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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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