The Bradwell Tigers basketball teams returned to action after the Christmas break Tuesday, when they traveled to take on Region 2-AAAAAA foe Effingham County. The girls pulled out a big win to extend their win streak to three while the boys dropped their fifth game in the last six contests.
The girls have been hot over the last two weeks, winning four out of their last five games dating back to Dec. 17. They pulled out a 52-44 victory to move to 1-1 in region play and 6-9 overall after starting the season 2-8.
The Lady Tigers were led by sophomore Jasmine Blevins’ game-high 17 points. Fellow sophomore Rayona Shuman grabbed 12 rebounds to assist in her team’s victory.
The Tigers did not have the same luck as their female counterparts against the Rebels as they fell to 6-6 and 0-2 in the region following a 78-51 blowout loss. The boys have tasted victory only once in their last six games after they started the season as one of the hottest teams in the area with a 5-1 record.
Rebel Kha’leed Stapleton had a good night, recording 16 points. Tiger Javonte LeCounte had a game-high 28 points, while adding seven rebounds.
The Tigers went into Saturday’s road match-up against Long County with a win on their minds after they pummeled the Blue Tide 86-54 earlier in the season. Head coach William Douberly knew his team must play like they did earlier in the year if they were going to have a shot at the postseason.
“Bouncing back depends on two major categories,” he said. “Our effort and attitude must improve; without these prerequisites, the X’s and O’s won’t matter. The players must commit to giving their best effort for the welfare of the team.”
Douberly harped on defense being the key to success for the rest of the season.
“In addition, we must also commit to playing consistently intense defense,” he said. “A person can either be great or he can be comfortable, but he can’t be both. We must push ourselves to play at a higher level of intensity.”
Following Saturday’s nonregion game against the Blue Tide, Bradwell returns to region play when they host the Glynn Academy Red Terrors on Tuesday.