Whiteford grad Baldwin getting started at Lourdes

SYLVANIA, Ohio – Baylee Baldwin didn’t waste time making an impact for the Lourdes University basketball team.

Baldwin, an All-Region player and 1,000-point scorer for Whiteford in high school, has started eight of Lourdes’ first 10 games of the season and is averaging 7.5 points a game with 11 steals. She’s shooting 90.9 percent from the free throw line and has a team-leading 16 3-pointers.

“It’s definitely a big change, but coach has helped the transition be way easier than I ever thought it would be,” Baldwin said. “It’s a great team play with. They are all so energetic and talkative. It’s easy to communicate with them inside and outside of practice.”

Lourdes is 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Baldwin, a freshman, was in the team’s starting lineup for the season opener in October.

“I tried not to be nervous about it as much as I could,” Baldwin said. “Going right on the court, I didn’t know what to think. I tried to push all of that aside and just play.”

Baldwin said one of the biggest adjustments was the speed of the game and, especially, defense.

“I can definitely still talk more and work more on defense to get more stops,” she said.

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