GOOSE CREEK -- Goose Creek girls basketball coach Tim Baldwin couldn't contain his excitement following Friday night's game against Summerville.
His 4-year-old son, Adam, is scheduled to play in his first basketball game today in a rec league showdown.
"I can't wait," dad said. "He knows all the girls on the team, and his favorite player is Ashley Fields. He's got her number. He's going to be No. 15. He's been practicing so hard. We even have an 8-foot basket for him. He's ready and I'm excited."
Baldwin wasn't as excited about his team play, even though the Gators managed a 62-42 victory over the Green Wave. He called the Gators' performance above average, but had concerns.
"I'm still not happy with our subs. We brought our second team in, and they didn't respond," said Baldwin after his team upped its record to 12-4. "I hoped they could get the job done, but I had to bring the first team back in, and they had lost focus and started freelancing. We want them to get experience, but I had to put the first team back in."
The Gators were never threatened by a young and aggressive Green Wave team that lost for only the second time in 12 games. The hosts led, 13-4, after one period and expanded the margin to 31-14 at halftime. The Gators led, 46-20, when Baldwin brought his second team in to close the game out. The Green Wave could get no closer than 16 points. The Gators still had enough closing power to win by 20.
"They have a tough team." Summerville coach Matt Legare said. "We didn't handle adversity well tonight. We'll make it a goal to see them again in the playoffs.
"We have some good, young athletes," Legare added. "We will work hard and hopefully learn from this experience."
The Gators had four players in double figures, including Jalvin Jones and Brendalyn Liner, who scored 12 points apiece. N'Dea Bryant and Mikayla Tanner both scored 10.
Kwanza Murray led the Green Wave with 14 points. Tinara Brown added 10 and Kierrha Brown had eight.
Goose Creek plays Stratford in a Region 7-AAAA opener Tuesday night and then plays Fort Dorchester next weekend in a non-conference game. The Gators travel to West Ashley Jan. 17 in a region game that will have a big impact on the standings.
Summerville (42): Timara Brown 10, Ravenel 2, Montei 4, Green 2, Kwanza Murray 14, K. Brown 6, Smith 4.
GC (62): Frasier 6, Doctor 5, Mikayla Tanner 10, Brendysha Liner 12, N'dea Bryant 10, Fields 2, Pringle 4, Holmes 1, Jalvin Jones 12.
Records: GC 12-4; Summerville 10-2.
Next: GC vs. Stratford on Tuesday.