Bradwell’s basketball teams closed out the 2015-16 regular season against Region 3-AAAAA opponent Statesboro. The Lady Tigers picked up the win 32-17. The Tigers battled, but came up short for a 50-40 loss.
Lady Tiger senior Brianna Johnson made the most of her last game on her home court, leading all scorers with 18 points. Johnson was dominating on both ends of the court, grabbing rebounds and playing strong defense.
Statesboro never could get its offense in sync and defensively could not stop the Bradwell attack.
The victory pulled the Lady Tigers to one game above .500 at 13-12 on the season. It also was revenge for Bradwell. Earlier, the Lady Tigers lost to the Lady Blue Devils 46-36 on the road.
Ashanti Harris finished with eight points. Rayona Shuman put in four. Senior Journae Young chipped in two.
Johnson, Young and Autiana Hightower were honored in senior night festivities prior to the game.
With the season finished, the Lady Tigers, who are 4-9 in region play, will play Ware County Monday in the opening round of the Region 3-AAAAA tournament at 6:30 p.m.
Bradwell 32, Statesboro 17 (girls)
Bradwell 12 10 9 6 - 32
Sboro 4 3 2 8 - 17
Bradwell — Johnson 18, Harris 8, Shuman 4, Young 2.
Facing a height disadvantage, Bradwell never backed down from an athletic Statesboro team. Statesboro jumped out early, grabbing errant passes and scoring off of transition baskets. However, the Tigers continued to look for and eventually hit decent shots.
Javante LeCounte helped lead a Tiger rally in the first quarter with six points.
Despite the Tigers comeback, Statesboro continued strong in the second quarter and outscored Bradwell 18 to 9 points. The Blue Devils would go into the half with a 27-19 lead.
Statesboro had that eight-point lead the rest of the game. Bradwell got close, but never could overtake the Blue Devils.
The boys also celebrated senior night during pregame festivities. Deion Stewart and Trevon Marion were honored.
“It has been a pleasure having Deion Stewart as team captain these past two seasons,” Tigers coach Rhett Hellgren said. “He is a hard worker and has a good personality go along with it. As for Trevon Marion, I just wish that he could have played these past two years. Being injured and still coming to practice and cheering on his teammates tells you what kind of character he has.”
LeCounte finished with 13 points and Stewart put in eigh. Cedric Golphin and Justin James chipped in six each.
The Tigers play Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the region tourney against Richmond Hill.
Statesboro 50, Bradwell 40 (Boys)
Statesboro 11 18 9 12 - 50
Bradwell 10 9 11 10 - 40
Bradwell — LeCounte 13, Stewart 8, Golphin 6, James 6, Qualeek Keith 4, J’Yanti Haggray 2, DeSavn Coleman 1.