Bradwell Institute hoped to salvage at least part of its weekend by hosting Camden on Saturday night after falling at Brunswick on Friday.
However, no redemption was to be found as Camden County swept Bradwell. The Lady Tigers couldn’t survive Camden’s second-half surge and lost, 63-44. In the boys’ game, Camden made a late run in the second quarter and kept the momentum through the second half to top the Tigers, 58-37.
The Lady Tigers showed promise in the first quarter Saturday, only trailing by six points at the end of the period. Bradwell picked up the pace in the second quarter and started to control the tempo. Going into halftime, Bradwell had a one-point lead.
While the Lady Tigers had not played error-free in the first half, they still maintained a court presence despite a number of missed free throws.
However, missed free throws, lost offensive rebounds and multiple turnovers became lost opportunities and sparked a Camden drive in the second half that Bradwell could not overcome. Camden outscored BI by 20 points in the second half.
“We were 18 of 34 at the free-throw line, missed 19 offensive rebounds and had 10 turnovers against Camden. You can’t beat many teams when you play that way,” BI head coach Faye Baker said.
Two Lady Tigers finished in double digits in points. Javaughna Claridy scored 12 points and Briana Johnson scored 11 points. Jakari Fleming had six points.
With the loss, the Lady Tigers were 10-5 overall.
“We are just going to have learn to play harder and smarter. We tend to make some mistakes that we know better than to make,” Baker said. “Right now, we are still searching for our identity as a team, and we need to work hard and get good reps in practice.”
In the boys’ contest, playing with a substantial height advantage did not mean the Bradwell Tigers played with any less vigor.
Bradwell got their first two points from a rare goaltending call against the Wildcats.
The Tigers had strong ball movement and showed range from the 3-point arc to penetrating the lane, allowing them to match Camden point for point most of the first quarter
However, a turning point came when a Tiger guard picked up a careless second foul in the final minute of the first quarter, forcing coach Rhett Hellgren to go to his bench early.
Camden started to make a move past Bradwell in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers by 11 points.
Earning a 33-18 halftime lead, Camden remained in control for the rest of the game.
Freshman Will Richardson led all Tigers in the scoring column with 10 points. Tarus Dennard pitched in nine points, and Darryl Johnson finished with seven points.
The Bradwell boys’ team was 2-14 overall with the loss.
The Bradwell teams were scheduled to play Tuesday at Glynn Academy. Results were not available at press time.
Bradwell scoring — Javaughna Claridy 12, Briana Johnson 11, Jakaria Fleming 6, Myala Wells 4, Rainia Richardson 3, Antiana Hightower 3, Journae Young 2.
Bradwell scoring — Will Richardson 10, Tarus Dennard 9, Darryl Johnson 7, George Mitchell 5, Henry Blair 2, Jeavanti Haggray 2, K.J. Milner 2.