Tonawanda News — “They were taller than I am and they were stronger than me too,” Baughman said. “Going against them every day in practice and watching them in games forced me to bring more physicality to my game and become a stronger player. It also helped me become a better defensive player, because it taught me how to guard bigger players.”
Another element that Baughman learned from the upperclassmen was the ability to lead a team, which eventually led to her being named team captain before the start of her senior year.
“This year, Savanna knew that there was going to be more on her shoulders with her becoming a senior and more players looking to her for leadership, and she's excelled in that department,” Hall said. “She makes all of our defensive calls on the court, and she's a smart communicator. Savanna can point out little things to other players during games and tell them where to go and knows how to push her teammates. She's become a great leader for us.”
All of the watching and learning paid off for Baughman, as she has become the key cog in the Warriors' drive for a third consecutive ECIC IV title. She has become a consistent candidate to lead the Warriors in scoring and rebounds every night, and has put up multiple double-doubles throughout the season.
With graduation and a basketball career at Hilbert College in sight, Baughman knows that the future is bright for her. However, she is focusing on ending her high school career with one more ECIC IV championship and by leading the Warriors on a deep playoff run.
“It would mean a lot to be able to go out on a positive note like that,” Baughman said. “We're such a hard-working group. Even though we've won ECIC the last two years, once we would get to sectionals, we would lose. It's kind of a damper on what we've accomplished, so if we could win in sectionals and go farther in the playoffs, it would be an amazing way to go out.”