Keeping the momentum in their favor, the Bradwell Lady Tigers took their ninth straight victory Tuesday night, this one against region rival Savannah High. The girls buzzed the Lady Blue Jackets with a 64-32 victory in the Tigers’ Den.
Coach Faye Baker’s squad moves to 10-1 overall and are undefeated in region 3-AAAAA (3-0). Tonight’s home game is against another region adversary, Windsor Forest Lady Knights.
Mariah Maternik gave the Lady Tigers a second-half boost, coming in at the mid-point and scoring 14 points. Brytnii Speight and Seandre Lee also added double digit scores, dropping in 10 apiece.
Also assisting were players on the reserve unit, who coach Faye Baker said continue to get lots of play, and help the team stay ahead. As the girls and coach look ahead to Windsor Forest there are aspects of the game Baker said definitely need fine tuning.
"Our turnover ratio is a little high. We had 21 turnovers last night," Baker said. "We’ve been working hard from the free throw line. On Saturday we were 5 for 24 from the line. Last night we were 10 for 16. So that’s better and we’ve been working on that a lot in practice because we know in a close game it can boil down to that.
"I’m pleased with where we are right now. The girls are working hard, but we still know we can’t be satisfied. There is still a lot of basketball left to play."
The Lady Knights are 3-1 in the region, losing to Beach but defeating Johnson, Groves and Savannah. As the intensity of region action progresses, Baker said she always reminds her girls to stay focused if they want to stay on top.
"When we win by a large margin and I’m in there and I’m harping on things we are not doing well, I’m making sure they understand why," she said. "I’m thinking about games in the future when we do play against a team where it is going to come down to things like free throw shooting and taking care of the basketball. I know everyone is looking forward to the game against Beach, but we need to focus on the next opponent and right now that is Windsor Forest. People are looking at us as the team to beat and when you are sitting at the top you are always a target so people are going to come at you hard and that is why we always have to be ready."
Coach Pete Woodard’s boys gave up a 10-point lead and ended losing by 10, 53-43 to Savannah High. The loss drops the Tiger squad to 3-7 overall and 1-2 in the region.
Despite the loss of sophomore star Jordan Johnson, who is no longer with the Tiger squad, the Tigers stayed in the game and trailed by 4 at the half.
D’Sean Brown paced the offense, sinking 14 points. D.J. Felder dropped in nine points and DeAndre Ross added eight.
With three minutes left on the clock the Tigers trailed by only four before the Blue Jackets tipped the scales in their favor. Khiry Waldburg chipped in 16 for the Blue Jackets. Darnell Jackson scored 14 and Kavon Freeman poured in 12.
Despite the victory, Savannah High coach Tim Jordan told reporters he felt his team lacked intensity and failed to deliver the way they should have at the foul line.
The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in the region and are currently ranked No. 8 in the GaSports.com coaches’ poll.