The rivalry between Bradwell and Liberty may not be as old as the "clean old-fashioned hate" that exists between UGA and Georgia Tech, but it seems just as intense.
On Wednesday, the two cross-town rivals met for the second time since a Nov. 9 scrimmage. The Lady Tigers outpaced the Lady Panthers 47-29 at Beach High in the Joe Greene Classic.
Though the Lady Tigers were victorious in their first game of the Joe Greene Tournament, Bradwell coach Faye Baker wasn’t pleased with ball movement or how the girls ran the offense. She saw improvement against LCHS.
"When we played Glynn the other night there were times we did not run any kind of offense. After the game we really harped on them about how important it was to run the offense and get everyone involved. Tonight we did a better job playing deliberate basketball," Baker said.
The Lady Tiger’s offensive execution and defensive pressure allowed them to go into the locker room at the half with a 28-10 lead. The big lead allowed Baker to make use of her bench.
"We always try to get as many people in as we can to give them a chance to get ready to step up and help us and to get game experience," Baker said.
Liberty is still reeling from the loss of point guard Diamone Johnson to an injury last Saturday night at McIntosh County Academy.
"She is out indefinitely right now and could be out all season. We have to just regroup and keep playing, but we are not mentally where we should be right now," LCHS coach Carolyn Kelly said.
Kelly is still trying to find the combination or personnel to replace Johnson.
"Even though we lost both games in the Joe Greene tournament it was still a good experience for us. We just have to find our way and get ready for region play," Kelly said.Kelly’s ball club doesn’t open Region 2A-AAAA play until January, and she believes that will give her team
adequate time to work on the things that will make the Lady Panthers competitive.
Bradwell’s Shaquoia Crockett led all scorers with 12 points. Mariah Maternik had nine points and Leitia Leiataua finished with seven points.
Liberty’s Courtney Rhodes had 10 points. La’Shai Richardson, Breanna Graham, and Catherine Scaggs scored five points each.
Bradwell moves 2-0 on the season and will open Region 3-AAAAA play at Savannah’s Beach High School next Tuesday night.
Liberty falls to 3-2 on the season.
Lady Tigers 13|15|14|5-47
Lady Panthers 4|6|8|11-29
Leading scorers Lady Tigers: Shaquoia Crockett 12, Mariah Maternik 9, Letita Lateaux 7, Quintunya Chapman 6, KeAndra Frasier 4, Quiniaka Hatchell 3, Kandice Bolden 2, Latisha Frasier 2, Symone May 2.
Liberty- Courtney Rhodes 10, Catherine Scaggs 5, Breanna Graham 5, La’Shai Richardson 5, Aleisa Heggans 2, Tiara Howard 2.