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BALDWIN — Playing on back-to-back nights, and traveling as well, didn’t seem to bother the Mason County Eastern girls basketball team in Thursday night’s 39-21 Western Michigan D League win at Baldwin.

 
It is the first year back for the Baldwin girls basketball program after the Panthers couldn’t get enough girls to support it over the last several years.
 
Eastern led, 15-4 at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Panthers, 14-4 in the second to cruise into the halftime break with a substantial 29-8 lead.
 
Although their offense fell off in the second half, the Cardinals still outscored the Panthers, 13-9 with a 6-4 edge in the third and a 7-6 advantage in the fourth.
 
Lucy Shoup put in a career-high 15 points to lead the Cardinals, while Jennifer Alvesteffer also scored in double figures with 10 points.
 
Alvesteffer gathered in seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals, while Maria Gomez Jimenez pulled down six and Tyler Kennedy contributed five.
 
Eastern improved to 4-3 overall and 4-1 in the WMD, and is off now off until after the New Year when the Cardinals hosts Marion in a league game Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023.