HINESVILLE -- The Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers (10-3, 3-2 Region 2-6A) kept on rolling as they have already eclipsed their 8-win total from a season ago.
On Tuesday they had the visiting Effingham County Lady Rebels (4-8, 0-5 Region 2-6A) and quickly showed their dominance over their region foe in the 46-29 victory.
The Lady Tigers scored 16 points after a Ka’liyah Tillman before the Lady Rebels got on the scoreboard thanks to Mallory Johnson.
Johnson’s basket was the only points scored for the Lady Rebels, trailing 18-2 after one.
“We established our defense early on,” Lady Tigers Head Coach Faye Baker said following the win. “We always talk about bringing a lot of intensity.”
In the second quarter the Lady Tigers grew their lead going up by 20 after a Parris Parham basket, scoring two of her game high 17.
The Tigers’ halftime lead sat at 27-9.
After halftime, the Lady Rebels trimmed up the Lady Tigers lead getting within 12; behind 37-25 at the end of the third.
“I wasn’t real proud of the second half,” Baker said of the slide. “I thought we started getting a little complacent after we jumped out to the big lead. We have to finish and play four complete quarters. We got a little laxed. I wasn’t very pleased with that win tonight.”
But the Tigers stayed on top of them, finishing them off as they put together three consecutive wins before they go to South Effingham on Friday, Jan. 14.
“That will be the last team that we haven’t played in our region so far,” Baker said about their upcoming opponent. “We want to use Friday’s game to get a little bit more fluidity into our game.”
The Bradwell Institute Tigers (7-6, 2-3 Region 2-6A) showed guts in their 74-65 overtime win over the visiting Effingham County Rebels (9-7, 3-2 Region 2-6A).
Five players scored in double figures for Tigers as they outlasted the Rebels.
The Tigers leading scorer Tahshaun Frasier scored the first points of the game with two minutes off the clock in the first quarter.
But the Rebels controlled from there in the first, leading 10-6 and eventually 19-10 by the end of the eight minutes.
As the Tigers trailed in the second quarter Ja’mar Price converted a big and-one to bring them within one.
Jaylin Frasier tied the game up at 21 with a floater after the Tigers forced a Rebel turnover.
Khiry Wallace scored seven unanswered points with two takes and a three and picked up a block on T. Frasier to get some breathing room for the Rebels at 28-21.
Before the half the Rebels led by 10 after a two-handed jam by Jordan Goldwire.
At the break, the Rebels led the Tigers 34-26.
“Effingham is a well-seasoned team,” Tigers Head Coach Ty Randolph said about their opponent. “They’ve played high caliber basketball. They used their experience on us a lot. The guys came together in a different way tonight.”
Coming out the half the Rebels took a 10-point lead after Keion Wallace attacked the basket.
The Tigers eventually tied the ball game at 41 with 2:32 remaining in the third quarter.
Ke. Wallace took the lead back for the Rebels with a tip in as they went into the fourth quarter up 49-45.
In less than two minutes into the fourth quarter Elyjah Thurmon muscled his way to the basket to knot the game at 49.
On the following possession, he was fouled and split the free throws to pull the Tigers ahead 50-49.
A three by Rashad Scott picked up a 56-55 lead by the Rebels.
As it seemed that game was slipping away as the Tigers trailed 60-57 after allowing the Rebels to score after many tries at the basket.
But they forced overtime when Jonathan Bryant made up for missing a pair of late free throws by making a contact layup to tie the game at 61 as time expired.
“We always concentrate on stops,” Randolph said. “We just knew if we could end this game in a ten-stop situation it would be one of those things that played in our favor. Going into overtime we stopped them six times straight and it was pretty much over with. Our defense generated everything to get us in position to win.”
The Tigers outscored 13-4 in overtime running the offense through Price and Thurmon.
Price and Bryant led the team with 17 points each, T. Frasier scored 15, Thurmon scored 11, and J. Frasier had 11.
“We had a lot of guys step up,” Randolph said. “Ja’mar Price. Thurmon. Tahshaun. Jon Bryant. Frasier – All those guys stepped up in certain ways. We got to have that. We got nine seniors. We try to do everything by committing. I don’t have a desire to coach superstars. I have a desire to coach blue collared guys that’s willing to do whatever it takes for the best interest of the team. These guys work hard everyday for me. It’s a joy to come and work with them. You can see they did it together tonight like the back of their jerseys say. It was beautiful to watch.”
The Tigers will go to South Effingham on Friday, Jan. 14 to put their three-game winning streak on the line.
“We play them all the same,” Randolph said about their next opponent. “We play them like they’re defending state champs. We’re going to get back to work on Thursday and go in there and put our best foot forward.”