Vengeance proved sweet for Bradwell Institute as the Lady Tigers defended their home court against Coffee High School on Saturday, winning 50-46 in a non-region basketball game.
Last week, Bradwell fell 73-70 in overtime at Coffee.
Bradwell improved to 4-1 overall. The Lady Tigers are 1-0 in Region 3-AAAAA, and will visit Jenkins on Friday in Savannah.
Lady Tigers coach Faye Baker said both games with Coffee had the pace and energy of a state tournament game.
“It was two good games against a very strong team,” Baker said. “A game like that against a good team can’t do anything but help us down the road.”
Baker knew what to say to motivate her team.
“A good team should defend their home floor,” she said.
She said her squad didn’t send the Lady Trojans to the foul line as often as it did in their first game. She added that her team’s man-to-man defense was good.
Bradwell held a 10-point lead in the first half, but Baker knew it wasn’t safe.
“I knew they were going to come back and that it would be close in the end,” she said.
Brittany Speight led Bradwell with 15 points, while Mariah Maternik added 11. Those two and teammate Seandre Lee led the Lady Tigers’ up-tempo offense
They cranked up the offensive tempo with less than three minutes on the clock and made the lay ups that kept the girls ahead.
The Tigers were scheduled to play Camden County on Tuesday but because of the Wildcats’ spot in the Class AAAAA football title game, the game was rescheduled for Feb. 10.
Bradwell’s game at Jenkins on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Tigers dropped to 1-4 on the season after a 59-34 loss to Coffee on Saturday.
Bradwell coach Pete Woodard said his players are down but not out.
“I don’t like to lose, and I think right now we need a victory to restore confidence,” he said.
Once again, the fourth quarter led to Bradwell’s loss. During the final eight minutes, Coffee outscored the Tigers 19-2.
Woodard said he needs to keep his players motivated throughout the game, especially if they do fall behind.
“I saw some of the players still fighting until the end,” he said. “Others were just going through the motions, and it’s my job to figure out how to fix that now. This is the toughest part of coaching. You know they say winning fixes a lot of things while losing bring things out.”
Derrick Nesbitt led Bradwell with 11 points, Tony Coston and Joseph Palmer had six points each.
The Tigers will visit Jenkins for an 8 p.m. game on Friday.