The Bradwell Institute girls’ basketball team is on pace to keep its second-place spot in the region after defeating Windsor Forest, 57-40, at home Tuesday night.
The Bradwell boys continued their fall, however, and lost to visiting Windsor Forest, 83-66.
Bradwell point guard Shaquioa Crockett exploded for 14 points in the second quarter to help the Lady Tigers rush past Windsor Forest, 57-40.
Bradwell missed some easy scoring opportunities in the first quarter, which allowed Windsor Forest to stay close.
The Lady Tigers’ defense created turnovers, and Crockett and company added 16 points off of transition in the second quarter.
Windsor Forest scored first in the second half, cutting Bradwell’s lead to 29-25. After a turnover, Bradwell got the ball back, but head coach Faye Baker called a strategic time-out.
“I called time-out early in the third quarter to make them understand that we need to slow down and make sure we were looking for the best scoring opportunities possible,” Baker said.
Bradwell’s Akeyla Richards grabbed a pair of steals and a layup when the Lady Tigers went on an eight-point scoring run late in the third quarter to take a 42-29 lead.
“When we played Windsor the first time, we only won by 4 points, but tonight after we got a good lead, we never let them back in the game,” Baker said. “The biggest difference for us was hitting free throws and cutting down turnovers.”
“Even though we beat Groves, we probably will not move into sole possession of second place when Groves plays region leader Beach,” Baker said.
“I am really proud of how the girls have improved this month,” Baker said. “Once we slowed down the ball and tightened up defensively, we were able to capitalize on Windsor’s mistakes.”The Bradwell girls currently find themselves 10-4 in the region and, according to Baker, probably in a tie with Groves until Saturday night. Bradwell is 13-8 overall.
Since the region now has nine teams, a play-in game will determine which team will play the No. 1 seed in the first round of the Region 3-AAAAA tournament.
Bradwell Institute dropped its third straight region game Tuesday with an 83-66 loss to visiting Windsor Forest.
Windsor Forest jumped out to a 9-0 lead early in the first quarter. Bradwell’s shooting seemed to be cold as the Tigers’ nine first-quarter points came from free throws. Bradwell also did not garner any offensive rebounds in the first quarter.
“We seemed flat in warm-ups tonight, and we were hoping that it would not carry over to the game, but unfortunately it did,” Bradwell head coach Pete Woodard said.
In the second quarter, the Tigers’ offense showed some life, and their defense created turnovers that led to opportunities in the transition game.
At the half, Bradwell trailed Windsor Forest, 41-28.
In the second half, Bradwell made a couple of runs, but Windsor Forest continued to set the pace.
Woodard said Bradwell had a different lineup this time around due to Darius Mowbray’s injury.
“We have to give credit to the boys. They kept fighting even after they were down,” Woodard said. “What really beat us tonight was the lack of rebounding, and we didn’t hit free throws like we should have.”
“Darius Mowbray, who has helped us inside, is on crutches now after being injured, so we had a change in personnel since we played Windsor the first of the month,” Woodard said.Bradwell had four players score in the double digits. Dazjon Tinae led the Tigers with 15 points. Jamorris Hill scored 13, Javonte Richey contributed 12 and Miguel Pineda finished with 10.
The Tigers drop to 8-7 in Region 3-AAAAA and 10-11 overall. Bradwell will host Islands High School tonight.
Liberty County boys
The Liberty County High School boys’ team beat Wayne County, 70-64, in overtime Tuesday night in Jesup in Region 2A-AAAA play.
The Panthers, 17-4 overall and 4-4 in the region, are clinging to third place with two games left in the regular season.
The Liberty County boys will take on Ware County tonight and Glynn Academy on Tuesday.
Liberty County girls
Liberty County pulled out a victory Tuesday in Jesup, defeating Wayne County, 61-54, to improve to 10-7 overall and 5-3 in the region.
The Lady Panthers are tied with Brunswick for second place, while undefeated Richmond Hill holds the No. 1 spot at 8-0 in region play.
In private school hoops, the First Presbyterian Christian Academy boys’ team defeated Toombs Christian Academy, 59-47, to improve to 5-2 in Georgia Independent School Association Region 2-AA. FPCA is 10-10 overall.