Baldwyn can head back to Jackson with a win Saturday; game time is 7 p.m.
One more game stands between Baldwyn’s Bearcats and a return trip to Jackson, but it’s going to be a very hard-fought and exciting game, according to Coach Grant Goolsby.
Baldwyn (26-4) can punch its ticket for the state basketball Class 2A quarterfinals with a win at home Saturday night against visiting Calhoun City. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Wildcats, 17-10, are coming off an overtime win against Coahoma Agricultural.
“I know Calhoun City is well coached,” Goolsby said. “Coach (Daren) Coffee has been there a long time. They play hard, all over the floor. They’re going to be athletic and put pressure on us. They’re going to be tough. It’ll be a great atmosphere.”
Baldwyn reached the second round of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association’s playoffs with a resounding 57-33 win Tuesday night over West Bolivar.
“We guarded the ball really well and forced them to take tough shots and got the shots we wanted,” Goolsby said. “Coach Coffee called me and congratulated me for winning last night.”
Goolsby said he expects Friday night’s game to be a challenge and isn’t looking ahead to possible opponents in Jackson. Should the Bearcats win Saturday they will face the winner of the Prentiss vs. St. Joseph Catholic game, which is also being played Saturday. The first game of the 2A boys quarterfinals will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 2 at 9 a.m. on the campus of Jackson State University.
Goolsby said entering the season he knew he would be replacing some talent lost to graduation last year, but is certainly pleased with where his team is now.
“My seniors have 14 losses,” Goolsby said. “Going into the season I felt really good about the mind set of our kids because Baldwyn teams know how to win. I thought from the beginning we had a good chance to have something special this season and get back to Jackson.”