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Lady Tigers, Panthers take wins into break
In Bradwell girls game, Lady Tiger Brianna Johnson paced the girls with 18 points to beat Wayne County 39-35. - photo by Patty Leon

Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School each had one final away game this last weekend before starting Christmas break. Bradwell faced Wayne County Friday in Jesup where the girls won 39-35 and the boys fell 60-54 in overtime.
Liberty’s teams were in Darien Saturday for a rematch against McIntosh County Academy. The Lady Panthers fell, 70-42. The Panther boys won, 62-57.
In Bradwell girls game, Lady Tiger Brianna Johnson paced the girls with 18 points. JaVaughna Claridy added five points. Jakaria Fleming chipped in four and was 4-of-4 at the line. Senior Lady Tiger Kieria Martin led in rebounds with four.
The Lady Tigers are 8-3 and 3-1 in region 3-AAAAA play, the boys are 1-10 overall and 1-3 in the region.
Bradwell boys coach Rhett Hellgren said the overtime loss was hard on the boys. He said it looked like the Tigers had the game won with about a minute left before the Yellow Jackets came back, forcing overtime and taking the win.
“I felt bad for the boys because we are working so hard in practice and not seeing it in the win column,” Hellgren said.
The Tiger boys are headed to the Joe Greene Classic Monday in Savannah where they play New Hampstead at 4:30 p.m. They play Beach High Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Lady Tigers will play at the Joe Green Classic at 3 p.m. Friday against New Hampstead. They play again at 6 p.m. against a team yet to be determined.
In the Lady Panther loss at MCA, senior Jaelynn James had 23 points to pace the girls. The Lady Panthers are off until Jan. 3.
According to Panther boys coach Willie Graham, his boys had to contend with the Buccaneers’ Trevino Scott who dumped in 35 points.
Panther Davion Mitchell did his best to keep up, scoring 30 points to lead the Liberty boys. Mitchell was also 10-of-15 at the line. Milik Wallace had 11, including one three-pointer, Richard LeCounte chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Liberty boys are 6-2 overall and will play in the Gentlemen’s Classic Tournament, which begins this Friday in Statesboro. The Panther boys are set to play Westside at 5 p.m. Friday and Jenkins County at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Liberty girls’ box score
LCHS: 14|12|8|8=42
MCA: 16|17|21|16=70
Liberty boys’ box score
LCHS: 12|14|20|16=62
MCA: 11|14|12|20=57

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