Bradwell Institute on Friday night traveled to Coffee County, where the boys eked out a 60-58 win. The Lady Tigers lost, 53-44.
It was the second loss in a row for the Lady Tigers after falling to McIntosh County Academy, 49-42, on Dec. 14. The girls now are 4-7 overall but maintain a 2-1 record in Region 3-AAAAA.
Lady Tiger coach Faye Baker said her team did well despite a few challenges that surfaced in the game. She said the girls scrimmaged Coffee County at the beginning of the year and lost by 24.
“We wanted to see how much we had improved against Coffee since the last time, and though we lost by nine, at one point in the fourth we were within two,” Baker said. “But then we fouled and they converted.”
Baker said that due to an injury, the squad started without Javaughna Claridy and then lost Akeyla Richardson for a bit when she dislocated her finger.
“She was able to come back in the game but wasn’t quite the same after that injury,” Baker said.
Later, Selena Manies was pulled from the game when she suffered a concussion.
“We had a lot of adversity to overcome,” Baker said. “But I am proud of the way our girls stayed in the game.”
Baker said Coffee County jumped to a 23-8 lead in the first quarter but by halftime, the Lady Tigers had chipped away at the lead to come within 10. The girls fought back in the third and by the fourth quarter came within two before getting into foul trouble.
Baker said the girls are off until Jan. 3, when they return to region play at Richmond Hill.
“Our break comes at a good time,” the coach said. “We are pretty banged up right now so we have all this time to heal.”
BI: 8 10 9 17 — 44
CC: 21 5 10 17 — 53
The boys’ game was touch-and-go, but the Tigers managed to gain an advantage at the end of regulation. The non-conference game was a test for the Bradwell boys, who will play at the Gentlemen’s Classic Tournament on Dec. 26-28 in Statesboro against teams representing middle Georgia and Atlanta. The tournament will prepare the boys as they get set to re-match Richmond Hill to start conference play Jan. 3. Right now, the Tiger boys are a perfect 3-0 in the region. The boys hold an overall 8-1 record as of Saturday afternoon.
In other basketball news, First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s boys’ varsity team went 1-1 at the Coaches for Cancer tournament in Lyons on Dec. 13-14. The FPCA boys dropped their first game to Bulloch Academy, 49-48, in a nail-biter that came down to the buzzer. The boys bounced back to beat Pinewood Christian, 75-52, the next day.
Last Monday, they traveled to Statesboro, where they played Bulloch Academy again and won another close game, 49-43. On Friday evening, the boys were at the Sherwood Tournament, where they beat Byne Christian, 80-34, in game one. FPCA was scheduled to pay Highland Christian Academy late Saturday afternoon.
FPCA will take a holiday break and play at Bethesda on Jan. 9.
Editor’s note: Box scores for the Tiger boys and FPCA games were not available at press time.