Bradwell hosted Groves on Friday night to open region competition. Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker’s squad remained undefeated with a 59-45 win, but Pete Woodard and the boys’ team fell to the Rebels, 73-52.
The Lady Tigers are 5-0 overall and 1-0 in region 3-AAAAA. The boys are 1-4, 0-1.
Tigers 52, Rebels 73
The Rebels controlled the ball and set the pace for the first half, knocking in 42 points to the Tigers’ 18 by halftime. Groves’ Kennan Ready led the scoring with 17, while teammates Brandon Mobley and Dominique
Elliott added 13 and 10, respectively.
Despite a better showing in the second, the Tigers could not pull ahead or keep the Rebels off the board. Tiger Treshawn Hagood was Bradwell’s bright spot, scoring 28 of the team’s 52 points.
Lady Tigers 59, Lady Rebels 45
After the Lady Tiger fans stood for the national anthem, they were asked not to sit again until the home team knocked in its first basket. Two seconds later, the fans were seated and the Lady Tigers’ scoring run was under way. Bradwell’s Suede Jones knocked in a trey shot and Seandre Lee and Mariah Maternik took turns finding the net to close the first quarter up 17-4.
Maintaining what Baker called an effective first-half press, the girls extended their lead to 40-12 at half time.
Maternik led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 21 points and hit two three-point shots.
However, Groves adjusted their game and were led by Lady Rebels Ashley Wright, who scored 14 points, and Jada Haynes, who netted 12. The Lady Tigers struggled with the turnovers and the visiting team started to trim the lead.
The Rebels’ defense, which allowed 40 Lady Tiger points in the first half, held the home team to 19 points in the second. However, it wasn’t enough for a win, so the Hinesville girls remain undefeated.
"We really didn’t press too much in the third quarter, and I wasn’t happy with our performance in the second half," Baker said after the game. "I thought we turned the ball over entirely too many times. We didn’t take care of the basketball and we didn’t make good decisions. We allowed them to penetrate into the interior of our defense several times. I definitely told them I was not pleased with this win and we have a long way to go."
The Tigers were scheduled to host Coffee County last night and will host Jenkins next Friday for a second region game.
Lady Tigers 17 40 50 59
Lady Rebels 4 12 28 45
Mariah Maternik: 21, Seandre Lee: 19, Kiara McNeely: 7, Quintunya Chapman: 4, Camille Jackson: 3, Suede Jones: 3, Candice Bolden: 2.