Bradwell Institute hosted Richmond Hill in Region 3-AAAAA basketball games Tuesday. The Lady Tigers took a one-point win, 42-41, but the Tiger boys fell 50-31. On Friday night, the teams were swept in non-region games in Statesboro. The Lady Tigers lost 46-36, and the Tiger boys lost 57-23.
During Tuesday’s region game, the Lady Tigers were up by 10 points, but the Lady Wildcats started to gain momentum. Soon, the Lady Wildcats were breathing down the Lady Tigers’ necks. Bradwell girls’ coach Faye Baker said the same thing happened last weekend at Tattnall County, and the team has to do better at scoring throughout the game.
“We had a 12- to 14-point lead and allowed them to come back,” Baker said about the game at Tattnall. “Here, we had 10-point lead and let them back in it. … We are going through stretches of the game where we are not scoring, and I am a little concerned about that. Our defense is getting a little better, but we can’t go three or four minutes without scoring a basket.”
In Tuesday’s game, Lady Tiger Brianna Johnson led in scoring with 14 points. Rayona Shuman added nine, and Alyssa McDuffie dropped in seven points, with six of those coming from her two treys. Ashanti Harris and Raina Richardson both scored four points each. Autianna Hightower and Esperanza Castro each chipped in two points.
Friday at Statesboro, the Lady Blue Devils and Lady Tigers went at each other defensively, but Statesboro outscored Bradwell to close the half with a 24-15 lead. In the third quarter, Statesboro scored eight unanswered points to extend the lead. Despite a fourth-quarter rush by the Lady Tigers, the Lady Blue Devils managed to maintain the 10-point spread for a 46-36 win.
The Wildcats and Blue Devils raced the floor, and the Tiger boys had costly turnovers on passes that allowed both competitors to run up the scores for their wins.
Tiger coach Rhett Hellgren said his players need to play a complete game if they except to earn victories.
“We need to play four quarters,” he said after the loss to Richmond Hill. “When we do that, we will have a chance to beat everyone. Tonight (Tuesday) we played about two and a half, and that is why we ended up on the short end. Having 23 turnovers didn’t help either.”
Hellgren said his players need better ball control.
Friday at Statesboro, the Blue Devils came out sluggish, but toppled the Tigers in the third quarter to take a 34-11 lead. From that point on, the momentum carried Statesboro for the remainder of the game to a 57-23 win.
The Lady Tigers are 4-5 overall and 1-3 in Region 3-AAAAA. The Tiger boys drop to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in the region. Bradwell will travel to Wayne County on Tuesday for games that start at 6 p.m.
Tiger boys’ stats from Tattnall game Dec. 5
Scoring: George Mitchell 14, Brandon Hamlett 8, Anthony Vicente 7, Jaylon McNair 6, Jyaunti’ Haggray 6, KJ Milner 6, Darryll Johnson
4 and Alexander Jordan 4
Tiger boys’ stats vs.
Richmond Hill on Dec. 8
Scoring: Taurus Dennard 18, Anthony Vicente 5, George Mitchell 4, Trevon Harris 2 and Jyanuti Haggray 2
Stats from the Statesboro games were not available by press time.