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Lady Tigers conquer Savannah High, Men suffer a loss
Jordan Johnson gets flipped into the air as he tried a lay-up shot. The Tigers were handed a loss by Savannah High on Tuesday. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Bradwell's Lady Tigers maintain the spot at the top of 3-AAAAA region with another victory when they conquered the Lady Blue Jackets of Savannah High on Tuesday night (53-49). The men, however, tried their best to give Savannah their second loss, only to come up short (64-81).
The men were able to hang in the game and trade basket-for-basket and fancy layup-for-slam dunk with the Blue Jackets. They even took a two-point lead in the third quarter. But the Blue Jackets proved why they are at the top of their region by out shooting the Tigers from the three-point line and running up the baskets in the fourth. They were able to take and hold a 17-point lead and handed the Tigers a hard fought loss.
The Lady Tigers held on to a victory despite turnovers that kept the Lady Blue Jackets right on their tails. Lady Tiger head coach Faye Baker had told her players that facing an opponent the second time, while ranked at the top, presented challenges since every team comes at them with the intention of bringing them down.
"Teams are going to get up on us because when you are at the top that's when you become a target," she said. "I knew they beat Jenkins and Jenkins beat us Friday so I knew it was going to be a tough battle."
Baker said her players struggled early in the game because they had to sit some starters early with foul trouble. A few of her starters sat for most of the first half.
"We had to go with a different strategy in the second half and try not to put them on the line as early and that paid off," Baker said. "They made another run at us in the fourth quarter but I'm happy we were able to sustain the run."
Baker knows the final three games on her schedule will be just as tough as Savannah High. All upcoming opponents are also regional foes.
"I told the girls we have to take care of our own destiny," she said. "We don't want to put it in the hands of somebody else. We want to take care of business on our end and that is what we are looking to do."
The Tigers tip-off at home Friday against Windsor Forest at 6:30. It is also senior's night.

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