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BI girls coach: Jury still out on Tigers
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The Bradwell Institute girls basketball team is 2-0 following  its Thanksgiving break. The Lady Tigers were scheduled to get back to the court Tuesday afternoon at Coffee High School, then start Region 3-AAAAA play on Friday night at Groves in Garden City.
The  break in the schedule gave coach Faye Baker time to reflect on her team’s progression so far this season.
“The jury is still out on our team right now,” said Baker, whose club owns wins against Long County and Tattnall County. “We are still waiting to see how we will handle ourselves in a tight game. I’m kind of worried because they’ve been off quite a while. I’m worried about our condition level and fluidness going into (Tuesday’s) game.”
Baker said Coffee has been a fundamentally-sound and well-coached team in the past.
“It’s a team we normally do not play,” Baker said. “We played them maybe three years ago when we used to host the Tiger Invitational, and they had a pretty good team at that time.”
She said the non-region game will give her squad the opportunity to get ready for Groves, which has fielded strong teams of late.  Last year’s team won 24 games, which included a victory against perennial power Beach. The Bulldogs, the defending region champions, beat Groves in the teams’ two other meetings.
“I look for Groves to be ready for us on Friday,” Baker said.
Baker said two of her players, Mariah Maternik and Seandre Lee, have stepped into their expected roles as team leaders. Other Tigers have also taken on leadership roles.
“For instance,” Baker said. “Mei-Sean Lee, she is our best defensive player. And we’ve had some players come off the bench that have given us some good minutes. I was really impressed with Kiara McNeely in the Long County game. She came in and played an excellent game, and those are the kind of things we are going to need to be successful. We are going to need people to come in and get the key rebounds and be the defensive stoppers.  The more depth we can establish, the more effective our team will be.”
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