Following the loss to Brunswick High the previous Friday, the Bradwell Institute Tigers and Lady Tigers bounced back with Tuesday night victories over Effingham County. The girls won 60-49 and the boys went up 62-60.
Friday, Bradwell played Tattnall County. In the girls matchup, the Lady Tigers were able to start another winning streak, edging out the Lady Warriors 42-40.
The first quarter went back and forth and ended in a 10-10 tie with sophomore guard Esperanza Castro scoring four points. In the second quarter, Tattnall took the upper hand and was able to out-rebound and outscore Bradwell, taking a 21-17 lead at halftime.
Head coach Faye Baker told her players at halftime that they needed to focus on increasing their intensity, and add pressure to turn the game around.
Bradwell was able to accomplish those tasks in the third quarter, putting more effort on rebounding. They retook the lead with sophomores Jasmine Blevins and Rayona Shuman scoring six points apiece. Their scoring helped the Lady Tigers head into the fourth with a 31-29 lead.
Neck and neck in the final minutes, Bradwell was able to hold onto a two-point lead, with coach Baker proud of her team’s effort.
"When we get down, they don’t quit," she said. "They keep fighting, they keep grinding, they keep working hard, and I think they elevated it (rebounding) more in the fourth quarter."
The Lady Tigers move back to above .500 on the season at 11-10, with a rematch against Ware County coming up next.
In boys action, Bradwell pulled through with a 71-59 victory over Tattnall County. Senior Darryll Johnson got things started for the Tigers, knocking down 2 three-pointers, and giving them the lead 18-11 in the first.
Sophomore JaVonte LeCounte continued Bradwell’s success in the second, scoring six of the team’s 12 points, giving the Tigers a 30-26 lead over the Warriors at halftime.
Head coach William Douberly said the team played a good half on defense, and put an emphasis on finishing baskets.
In the second half, Bradwell was able to put away Tattnall County by knocking down a barrage of three-pointers. Out of the 16 baskets that the Tigers made, nine came from beyond the arc. Johnson hit five, LeCounte three and junior Ronald Canty Jr.one.
Douberly credits the high scoring in the second half due to a continuous rhythm among his team.
"I think they were more patient on offense," he said. "We are being smarter on how we attack. Knowing when to pull back and be patient, and know when to go for it. I think we are starting to find that, and it takes game experience." The coach also feels like the team is hitting their stride at the right time.
The Tigers (8-10) look to inch closer to .500 with Ware County up next.