The Lady Braves of Bible Baptist carried the tempo and never relented as they defeated the First Presbyterian Christian Academy Lady Highlanders 86-46 on Saturday at the St. James Sports Center.
Coach Rosby Frasier said the loss showed her girls need to work on lowering their turnover ratio and better ball control
“We did pretty well with our free throws, but it was turnovers and lack of rebounds that hurt us,” she said.
The coach said Keandra Battle provided a boost off the bench.
“She only scored 8 points but she came off the bench and her size helped us on the boards,” Frasier said. “But we continue to stress teamwork and to work together on things and we’ll be fine.”
Brianna Reese led FPCA with 22 points.
Frasier added she is pleased with the play of eighth-grader Emone Fisher.
“She is new to the school and the program and we are trying to work her in,” Frasier said. “We are asking a lot from her but she is doing well and is one of our better rebounders. Tonight she had limited playing time due to a shoulder problem but other than that, each day she is becoming better.”
The coach said she asked Fisher to shadow Brianna Reese, who has been the team’s leader.
Fisher, 14, said she has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember. The shooting guard said she is pleased she is able to contribute with leadership, teamwork and a few points per game.
The 5-foot, 8-inch eighth- grader said she knew she could flourish both academically and on the hardwood. She hopes her experience as a Lady ’Lander will translate into a college basketball career.
“I have a good shot, leadership skills and I can hustle,” she said. “And I’m a good 3-point shooter.”
The Lady Highlanders are 2-7 overall and are now setting their sights on Georgia Independent School Association Region 2-AA play, which begins Friday with a trip to Curtis. On Saturday, FPCA plays its second region game at Edmund Burke.
“We have to be ready for that,” the coach said. “Those are the games we are focusing on.”
Lady Braves 86,
Lady ’Landers 46
FPCA top scorers: Brianna Reese 22, Aaliyah Wilson 5, T’era Alston 7, Emone Fisher 4, Keandra Battle 8