Bradwell Institute’s Lady Tiger basketball team is one step closer to a region 3AAAAA title after clawing the Camden County Lady Wildcats 52-23 Friday afternoon in the region semi-finals at Johnson High School.
It was the defensive steals from Quintunya Chapman and the ball handling of Camille Jackson that paved the path for Seandre Lee, Kiara McNeely and LaNiqua Fowler’s scoring.
Chapman capitalized almost all her turnovers into points and led the Hinesville girls with 15 points in the victory. Lee was right behind her with 13.
Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker said she knew what Chapman was capable of and asked her to take command on the floor.
"I knew she had the capability of doing so and being explosive," Baker said. "When she grabbed a steal she dribbled faster than anybody down the court. She has that capability. Those are the things we are going to need her to do. I’m proud of her efforts and the way she played tonight."
The girls had held a four-point lead at the close of the first and led by seven at the break. When the third quarter opened the girls were unstoppable.
"The defense is what did it for us in that second half," the coach said. "We went to the full court press and it was very effective for us."
With the victory comes the inevitable match predicted at the beginning of the season between Beach High and the Bradwell girls. The mutual respect between coach Baker and Ronald Booker is genuine, but on the court the two know it’s time to lace up the sneakers and put on the gloves."Like I always say, Beach is well coached and I think it’s going to be a little tougher each time we play them," Baker said. "I expect a tough challenge I know they are going to be ready. We have a little motivation as well because last year we were sitting in this same seat, where we were the No. 1 seed and we went to the region tournament and Beach beat us. We talked about that in our post game talk tonight so that is our motivation. We don’t want to see the same scenario occur again tomorrow night."
With the semi-final victory the girls locked in a home game for their state run. If they defeat Beach High they will get to host two games at home for state.
The game against the Lady Bulldogs was scheduled for 7 last night, not in time for today’s paper. Check the Courier’s prep sports Web-site for the final score at: sports.coastalcourier.com/prep-sports
Lady Tigers 14|21|39|52
Quintunya Chapman 15, Seandre Lee 13, LaNiqua Fowler 9, Kiara McNeely 8, Camille Jackson 5
Lady Wildcats 10|14|18|23
Jasmine Lee 11