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Lady Tigers take Great Southern Shootout title
Coach says every player instrumental in three victories
Bradwell Institue coach Faye Baker said Brittany Speight, shown here earlier this season, and Seandre Lee played exceptionally well at the Great Southern Shootout in Macon. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

After their third win in as many games, the Lady Tigers of Bradwell Institute were crowned the champions of the Great Southern Shootout on Tuesday afternoon in Macon.

Bradwell (7-1) beat Bradley Central High School of Cleveland, Tenn., 65-51 in the title game. The Lady Tigers opened the tournament with a 71-49 win against host Westside on Saturday, then knocked off Atlantic High of Delray Beach, Fla., 70-64 on Monday.

Bradwell sophomore Mariah Maternik was named to the all-tournament team.

"They were only allowed to select one person from each team," Lady Tigers coach Faye Baker said. "But we had several players that definitely could have made it. Brittany Speight and Seandre Lee both had excellent tournaments. They both had double-doubles in all three games. I told the team, ‘You are all all-tournament to me because everybody was instrumental in the victories there."

Atlantic may have been Bradwell’s toughest opponent, at least from a defensive standpoint.

"We would run out with the lead for awhile and they would come back," she said. "And they would take the lead. It was just back and forth but we were able to prevail."

Baker said all of her reserves had a role in that win.

In Tuesday’s win against Bradley Central (5-6), Bradwell "got it done with (its) core starters," Baker said.

"I was very impressed," Baker said of her team’s play in Macon. "They had the chance to play against some high-caliber teams and some really good talent. Our kids rose to the challenge, and I’m very proud of them."

The Lady Tigers, who are 2-0 in Region 3-AAAAA, do not play again until Jan. 2, when they travel to Jacksonville, Fla., to take on Wolfson.

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