The Lady Tigers of Bradwell Institute hope to start the new year just as they finished 2008: with a road win. They will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., today to take on Wolfson High School. The tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
This is the first game for the Lady Tigers since they took the title at the Great Southern Shootout in Macon, Dec. 22-23, defeating Bradley Central of Cleveland, Tenn., 65-61 in the championship. They reached the final by beating host Westside Macon 71-49 and knocking off Atlantic High of Delray Beach, Fla., 70-64.
Bradwell enters tonight’s game with a 7-1 record, 2-0 in Region 3-AAAAA.
According to MaxPreps.com, Wolfson is 6-2.
"They have a pretty good record going for them, but that is pretty much all I know about (this year’s team)," said Bradwell coach Faye Baker.
Baker added, however, that Wolfson, a Class AAAAA program, traditionally has a good team.
"We feel like we are going to have to go down there and have a battle, and we welcome the challenge," she said.
After taking on Wolfson, the Lady Tigers will host area rival Long County on Saturday. On Nov. 25, the Lady Tigers defeated the host Lady Tide 72-38.
"I’m glad that we have two non-region games this weekend," Baker said. "Hopefully, they will help us get back into a groove. Wolfson is the kind of competition that we need in order to prepare us for region play."
Bradwell will get back to region action this coming Tuesday when it plays host to Savannah High. Lady Blue Jackets coach April Tate is a good friend of Baker’s.
"It’s really a lot of fun because she wants to beat me just as bad as I want to beat her," Baker said. "We both are very competitive and we want to win. I don’t care if we are playing tiddlywinks, we want to win. That’s just our spirit. We are both in each other’s corner, and the only time we are not rooting for each other is when we are playing against each other. I have a lot of respect for her. She is a good coach, and I know she is going to have us playing real hard."
According to GaSports.com, Savannah High is 2-8 overall, 0-3 in the region.