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Baldwin 10U girls are tops in the state

Mar. 8—While the present of high school girls basketball in Baldwin County is in great shape (see Bravettes' state championship coverage), the future seems to be in good hands too.

No one could touch the Baldwin County's 10U All-Star girls basketball team in the Class B state tournament last weekend.

The hoops stars of tomorrow won their four tourney games by an average margin of 22 points, dismantling the competition every step of the way to earn the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) Class B state title down in Thomasville on March 2.

"This is a group of girls I've been working with the past two years now and they've been working hard. We're constantly in the gym together with two-a-day practices straight from the track to the court," head coach Sameria Gordon said on what makes the team special.

Once competition began, the writing was on the wall quickly as the Baldwin County All-Stars beat Barrow County 33-11 in pool play last Friday, March 1. That helped set the stage and seeding for the bracket the next day, and what followed was a three-game stretch of continued dominance. The quarterfinal round was a 39-14 takedown of Thomson-McDuffie County followed by a 38-19 crushing of Camden County in the semis. All that stood between BC and the title was host Thomasville, but even that was a thrashing at 49-27, leaving Baldwin as the last of eight teams standing.

Nine girls made up the youth recreation All-Star roster. They were: Kamari Gordon, Kaydence Griffeth, Marlie Haynes, Kristyn Hurst, Fia Johnson, Rylee Mullis, Eleni Trawick, Londyn Whipple, and Paris Young.

"I am beyond proud of these girls and at a loss for words," Gordon added. "The growth over the last couple of years when it comes to small details and basic fundamentals has been incredible. When we started, a lot of them couldn't even dribble a ball, couldn't catch a ball, and honestly couldn't do two things at one time. Seeing them put it all together warms my heart a lot."

The dominant state tournament performance was the final step for Gordon's team on the rec stage. The squad will pick up a couple of players from Putnam County's 10U Class C championship-winning team for AAU travel ball to play as Central Georgia Empact later this month.