The temperature dropped outside, but Jenkins’ girls’ and boys’ basketball teams were red-hot Tuesday — at the expense of Bradwell.
The Lady Warriors picked up their fourth-straight win, edging the Lady Tigers, 47-43, at BI. In the boys’ game, the Class AAAAA No. 3 Warriors used a strong second-half surge for their 105-63 win.
Bradwell had a 12-11 lead in the first quarter. However, Jenkins grabbed the lead back in the final minutes of the first half for a 25-18 lead going into the locker room. The game stayed tight in the third quarter, but the Lady Tigers had problems moving the ball into the post because of foul trouble.
Jenkins was up, 41-37, with 3:01 to go in the game when a pair of free throws from Bradwell’s Jauvaughna Claridy cut Jenkins’ lead to one point. Coming out of a Jenkins timeout, Lady Tiger point guard Akeyla Richardson quickly scored to give Bradwell a 43-42 lead. Holding the lead, Bradwell coach Faye Baker called a timeout with a minute left in the game. Jenkins scored coming out of the timeout to retake the lead, 44-43, with 30 seconds left.
Jenkins increased its defensive pressure, so the Lady Tigers attempted a baseball pass that was intercepted by Jenkins, which forced Bradwell to foul. The Warriors knocked down free throws to seal the win.
The Lady Warriors beat Bradwell on the boards, but one of the deciding factors of the game was Bradwell shooting a meager 7 of 17 on free throws.
Alize Roberts led the Lady Tigers with 14 points, and Claridy finished with nine points.
Bradwell travels to Groves tonight for another Region 3-AAAAA matchup. Groves was routed by Effingham on Tuesday.
JHS — 11/14/7/15: 47
BI — 12/6/17/8: 43
Bradwell scoring: Roberts 14, Claridy 9, McGuffie 5, Fleming 4, Richardson 2, Young 2, Martin 1.
The lopsided score doesn’t tell the whole story of the game, which was to determine the Region 3A-AAAAA leader.
Bradwell started the game at the free-throw line after Jenkins was assessed a pregame technical.
Jenkins and Bradwell exchanged blows throughout the first quarter. The Warriors were up, 12-9, when the Tigers escaped Jenkins’ press and found an open JaMorris Hill, who hit a long 2-pointer from the left corner.
The Warriors continued to move the ball at a quick pace, scoring all over the court and forcing Bradwell to move the ball at a hurried pace. Offensively, Jenkins fired on all cylinders and added extra offense through turnovers from the press. The Warriors led at halftime, 49-35, and pulled away in the second half. “We were more patient on offense in the first half. There is no doubt that Jenkins is a talented team,” Bradwell head coach Rhett Hellgren said.
Jenkins outrebounded Bradwell, 49-22.
This is the first loss in Region 3-AAAAA for the Tigers, who are 8-6 overall and 4-1 in the region.
Jenkins moved to 11-1 and 5-0, respectively.
Bradwell is back in action tonight at Groves.
JHS — 23/24/22/36: 105
BI — 17/18/17/10: 63
Bradwell scoring: Resha Stokes 15, Jamorris Hill 11, Kendrick Harris-Bennett 10, Malcolm Dingle 8, Hubert Anderson 4, Tevin Womack 4, Darrell Hawkins 4, Daylan Baker 4, Desmon Oglesby 1.