Baldwin reaches 2,000 points

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pleasant Home junior River Baldwin reached a feat not many high school players get to when she surpassed 2,000 career points over the weekend for the Lady Eagles.

“It’s really exciting,” Baldwin said. “Honestly, it wasn’t something that I set as a goal. It just happened.”

Without quality teammates around her, Baldwin said reaching 2,000 points would have been impossible.

“My teammates are the biggest reason that I was able to reach 2,000 career points,” Baldwin said. “Over the years, I’ve had some great teammates and I couldn’t have done this without them.”

Baldwin is the No. 32 overall and No. 8 post player for the 2019 class according to ESPN, and is currently committed to Florida State University.

After reaching the 2,000-point club, Baldwin followed that up with a triple-double against Class 5A Carroll-Ozark.

“This was my first triple-double of the season,” Baldwin said. “I’ve had a few last year. Looking back, those always seem to be the games that I find myself having the most fun.”

Although not her main priority, Baldwin said that she does have a few personal goals set for this year.

“I want to win Player of the Year again (she was Class 1A POY last year),” Baldwin said. “I also want to break the school record for most points in a game which is 52 or 53 points (Baldwin’s career-high is 44 points).  My mom once held that record.”

The goals that she is most focused on are the team goals that her and her teammates have set for themselves.

“Coming into this season, I wasn’t really sure how school ball was going to go,” Baldwin said. “We have gone through a lot together and have really been playing well together. Our goal is to win our area and make it back to regionals. With the chemistry that we have this year, I think we have a chance to make it further.”