Bradwell Insitute girls basketball coach Faye Baker, assistant coach Dana King and the Lady Tigers have a perfect record to celebrate during Christmas break.
The girls avenged last season’s loss to Rockdale by beating the Bulldogs 66-56 on Monday at the Westside-Macon Christmas Tournament.
On Tuesday morning, the girls beat the formerly undefeated Lady Vikings of Taylor County 55-51 in overtime. The wins boost BI’s overall record to 10-0. The Lady Tigers are 5-0 in Region 3-AAAA. But it was the holiday tournament that had Baker in good spirits.
"It feels great, definitely feels good to go to that tournament and play some different teams, quality teams," Baker said. "All three games were competitive and that is what we were looking for to see how we would stand against some good competition and we were able to do what we needed to do to get the win."
Baker said her squad maintained the lead throughout the game against the Bulldogs on Monday and led by 18 at halftime.
"But in the third quarter they came back," she said. "They had a run and they were able to cut into the lead, but we were able to hold on."
The coach said Taylor County has a strong tradition of winning in their girls basketball program. Currently, the 4-A
team is first in their region.
Lady Viking Shanique Holston took part in last year’s junior All-Star game along with Lady Tiger Mariah Maternik.
"And it was pretty much a battle between those two," Baker said. "Their player (Holston) scored 19 points in the first half so we made an adjustment at half time to really contain her and Leitia Leitaua and Latisha Frasier did a great job of containing her and holding her to only 5 points in the second half."
Baker said that was key because it allowed her team to cut the lead and force overtime.
"And we were able to win it in overtime," she said.
The coach said Maternik had a big game and made the All-Tournament team. She said by double-teaming the Lady Vikings’ top scorer, Maternik was able to stay energetic and focus on her offense.
"And she did lead us offensively," Baker said. "Quintunya Chapman came up big for us in the second half, scoring all 11 of her points in the second half. She played big for us."
With the tournament behind them the girls get a break from the hardwood court until Dec. 27.
Afterward, the squad will prepare for Brunswick on Jan.4, and begin region play.