Bradwell 65, Jenkins 25 (girls)
The Bradwell Lady Tigers gave Jenkins a clinic in transition and defensive basketball Friday night.
Bradwell forced six turnovers off their press in the first quarter. Leading 10-4 in the first quarter the Lady Tigers continued to control the game.
"Our defense is continuing to improve. We showed a lot of energy on the press. I was really pleased with the intensity that we played defense tonight," Lady Tigers head coach Faye Baker said.
Everything was working for Bradwell against Jenkins. They were scoring off coast-to-coast layups, forcing turnovers, and their perimeter shooting was going well with six treys on the night.
"Even though the last couple of games we have been getting good looks the shots just have not been falling. Tonight, I knew if we kept shooting the shots would fall and they did tonight. We shot the ball especially from the field and the perimeter a lot more consistently than we have been," Baker said.
Lady Tigers guard Mariah Maternik had 10 points, including consecutive three-pointers in the second quarter to give her team a commanding 29-12 lead at the half.
The domination continued in the second half. Shaquioa Crockett scored 10 of the 26 points in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers stingy defense held Jenkins to a mere three points.
Bradwell had four players in double figures. Maternik and Crockett both had 16 points. KeAnrda Fraiser contributed 14, including two three pointers. Quintunya Chapman finished with 12 points.
The Lady Tigers move to a perfect 6-0 and will travel to Groves Tuesday night. Groves will be their final Region 3-AAAAA opponent before the break and the West Macon Christmas Tournament.
"I really do not know anything about Groves. This is the first time we will see them. In the past they have been a good basketball team, very athletic. We will take it just like every other game we will have to play good defense and make good choices with the basketball and that will give us a chance to compete," Baker said.
Baker is also excited about the prospect of playing against a strong tournament field in the West Macon Tournament.
"We always try to find a good holiday tournament to play in. It gives us chance to see different teams that we could possibly see in the playoffs," Baker said.
B 14 15 26 10 - 65
J 6 6 3 10 - 25
Bradwell - Maternik 16, Crocket 16, Frasier 12, Chapman 12, Symone May 6.
Bradwell 25 (boys)
Bradwell Tigers coach Pete Woodard can empathize with Forrest Gump’s life is a box of chocolate’s quote. Sometimes he doesn’t know which Tigers will show up to play a basketball game.
Woodard’s scrappy young Tigers were absent Friday night against Jenkins.
"Sometimes it’s not what the other team does it’s what you didn’t do. We didn’t make free throws, hit easy shots or catch the ball in the post. We just didn’t play with the intensity we have had so far this season," the coach said about the loss.
The Warriors opened quick and scored at will during the first quarter.
Bradwell’s Cameron Kight scored his team’s first two points off free throws. The Tigers were able to manufacture a few more points, but trailed Jenkins by nine at the end of the first quarter.
Jenkins’ tough physical play put most of Bradwell’s scoring opportunities at the charity stripe during the second quarter. The Warriors remained in control of the game with a 39-21 lead.
Tiger forward Deon Craig had seven of Bradwell’s 13 third-quarter points.
Bradwell started to pick up intensity in the fourth quarter with guard Miguel Pineda scoring 10 points, including three treys. The drive came too late.
Pineda led the Tigers in the scoring column with 13 points. Deon Craig finished with 12. Point guard Javonte Richey contributed 7.
The loss puts the Tigers 0-6 on the season and 0-4 in Region 3-AAAAA. They will travel to Groves Tuesday night. Groves was the region champ in 3-AAAAA.
"We are going to have play with more intensity. Judging by tonight I really don’t know which team will show up against Groves. We have to be ready to play against a team like Groves," Woodard said.
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19 - 55
20 19 20
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