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Donnell Woods Memorial Tournament set for Saturday
Basketball through hoop

The area’s longest running high school boys’ and girls’ junior varsity basketball tournament tips off again Saturday at Bradwell Institute and Snelson Golden Middle School.

The 27th annual Donnell Woods Memorial tournament in 2020 includes teams from BI, Liberty County High School, Beach, Ware County, Tattnall County, Statesboro and Coffee County.

First organized by former Bradwell and Liberty County High School basketball coach Willie Graham, the tournament is currently run by Bradwell Institute girls basketball coach Faye Baker and assistant tournament director Joseph Smiley. 

The Donnell Woods Memorial is named for the late Donnell Woods, Sr., who died of cancer in 1980 at the age of 40. He taught and coached at Liberty County High School for 11 years and Bradwell Institute for eight years, and won a number of accolades, including being named the  Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 1975; the Hinesville Officials’ Official of the Year in 1980; Woods’ was inducted into the Liberty County Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2008, Liberty County High School’s stadium was named in Woods’ honor. Games start at 10 a.m. Admission is free. 

Bradwell Institute’s girls basketball team downed Oak Ridge 54-36 in a Blue Wave Classic game played Saturday in Orlando.

The Lady Tigers (14-5) were led in scoring by Ky’leo Worriels, who had 16 points. Zy’qeria Delasbour chipped in 11 points and Taniyah Bowman added 10.

The win followed BI’s 44-37 overtime win Friday night over Region 2-AAAAAA foe Richmond Hill.  Jada Brooks led the way with 27 points for the Lady Tigers, who are currently fourth in the Region with a 2-2 mark.

Bradwell plays host to Brunswick on Friday in a Region 2-AAAAAA game  

Bradwell’s boys fell to 2-16 overall and 0-4 in the region with a loss to Richmond Hill.

Liberty County High School knocked off visiting Glynn Academy 69-62 on Friday in a nonregion boys’ basketball game.

The Panthers (5-10 overall) got 17 points from David Thomas and16 points from LaDarrius Mack.

Corey Love Jr. added 12 points and Savante Tresvant scored 11 for the Panthers, who took on Long County on Tuesday night in a Region 2-AAA game. The Panthers travel to Tattnall County on Friday for another region contest.

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