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Bradwell boys get first win
Lady Tigers beat Jenkins, 63-56
Bradwell Institute's Tony Coston (25) shoots over Jenkins' D.J. Felder (34) during the Tigers' 49-38 victory Friday in Savannah. It was the Tigers' first win of the season. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Bradwell Institute got an early Christmas present in the form of a 49-38 win Friday against host Jenkins. It was the first win of the season for the Tiger boys, who are 1-4 overall, 1-1 in Region 3-AAAAA.
The Lady Tigers earned another region win, defeating the Lady Warriors 63-56 to improve to 4-1, 2-0.
Bradwell girls
Lady Tigers coach Faye Baker used the Jenkins game as a way to improve her team’s depth. Her reserve unit started, and kept  the  game tight as the squads exchanged basket for basket.
“They were a little nervous because I took them out of their comfort zone,” Baker said of her reserves. “The more that I do that, the more comfortable they will become. On the flip side, I think if it were not for them, we might have come up a little short tonight.
“This will help us tremendously down the road, and we plan on using (the bench) a lot more.”
Baker’s regular starters entered the game with 3 minutes left in the first quarter, with the Lady Tigers trailing by four. Throughout the game, she made substitutions to keep fresh legs on the court.
Mariah Maternik led Bradwell with 21 points. Seandre Lee added 16, while Brittany Speight contributed 10. Iesha Massey scored 25 points for Jenkins.
The Lady Tigers will take a break from region action next week as they prepare for a Christmas tournament in Macon on Dec. 20 and 23.

Quarter-by-quarter scores

Bradwell  14    17    15   17—63
Jenkins   12    15    15    14—56

Bradwell boys

The Tigers used a balanced offense to earn their first win. Jason Johnson and D.J. Felder had eight points apiece, while Darius Shuman added seven, and Tony Coston and Jonathan Blair each had six.
Bradwell led 12-9 after the first quarter, and stretched that advantage to 20-14 by halftime.
Coach Pete Woodard was ecstatic about the win.
“I don’t feel good,” he said. “I feel great.”
He said the victory was big for three reasons.
“First, we were tired of
losing,” he said. “Number two,
it gives us something to look
forward to when we go to the Macon tournament (Dec. 26-29). And number three — the most important reason — it is a region win, and that always counts.”
Woodard lauded his players’ effort and chemistry. Most of the starters were juniors and sophomores who had not started in the past. They were rewarded for being on the winning team during a Thursday scrimmage. Woodard plans to keep that motivational tool in place.
Quarter-by-quarter scores

Bradwell   12    8    10    19—49
Jenkins      9     5     8    16—38
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