Three and a half months became a lifetime memory for the players and coaches of the Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers on Tuesday night in Hinesville. Bradwell ended the regular season 25-0 by defeating Savannah High, 58-36.
"Since I have been coaching here, this is the first time that we finished a regular season undefeated," BI coach Faye Baker said. "The last time I can remember a Bradwell team going undefeated in recent memory was coach Janet Reddick’s team that was 29-1 and lost in the state championship game in 1993.
"This is really nice and I told the girls how proud I am of them and how hard they worked to get to this point. We are going to enjoy this for a couple of days, but we have to get back to work. We have accomplished our first goal, and now it’s time to get focused on winning a region title."
Baker has stressed the importance of using strong defensive pressure to create a more productive offense, and it’s beginning to sink in, she said.
"We are really starting to understand that we are a team that needs to press and be able to score off the turnovers that we force. Tonight, we really played well," Baker said Tuesday. "Our press forced turnovers and we were able to score in transition."
The Lady Tigers took control of the game from the opening tip even without Tigers guard Mariah Maternik, who accounts for a large part of BI’s scoring. Maternik played sparingly against Savannah because of an injury.
"Mariah was limited tonight. Since this is the last game of the season and the region tournament is next week we thought we would keep her out so she could rest for the region tournament. We had girls step up tonight and score. Quintunya Chapman and KeAndra Frasier did a really good job tonight. Shaquioa Crockett did a very good job of running the offense. Tonight was a total effort from everyone that hit the floor," Baker said.
The Lady Tigers had three players in double figures. Chapman led the scoring for BI with 16 points. Crockett chipped in 14 points and Frasier finished with 10 points.
With the regular season in the books, Bradwell enters the Region 3-AAAA Tournament, which begins next week at Groves High School. The Lady Tigers will be the No. 1 seed in the girls’ bracket.
"I think there will probably be a play-in game between Islands and Johnson to determine who we will play in the first round," Baker said. "Beach is going to be a tough team that we could see. We struggled against Windsor, defeating them by one point a week ago.
"This is the time right now when teams want to be playing their best basketball. We want to keep the momentum going. We are not doing anything different; we are just trying to repeat the things we do well.
Bradwell top scorers:
Bradwell top scorers:Quintunya Chapman 16, Shaquioa Crockett 14, KeAndra Frasier 10, Mariah Maternik 7, Latisha Frasier 5, Jordan McAlister 3, Quanika Hatchell 2, Letia Leiataua 1.