The Bradwell Institute girls’ basketball team clinched second place in Region 3-AAAAA with a 66-38 win over Groves on Saturday in Garden City.
Groves was one of three teams that beat the Lady Tigers during their first region matchups of the season.
It was a team that Lady Tigers coach Faye Baker thought her girls should have been competitive against the first time around. But star sophomore Shaquoia Crockett was forced to sit out the first contest due to disciplinary reasons, and costly turnovers sealed the girls’ fate in that game.
On Saturday in Savannah, however, senior guard Leitia Leitaua poured in 20 points and Crockett chipped in 12. By halftime, the BI girls led, 33-16, and Baker had the opportunity to rest her starters. The backups managed to hold the Rebels to 22 points in the second half of regulation while helping the Lady Tigers improve to 12-8 overall and 9-4 in the region.
The Bradwell girls were scheduled to play host to Windsor Forest on Tuesday night. The Lady Knights were another team that handed the Lady Tigers a loss in the first round of region play. In that game, BI let a four-point advantage slip away, and Windsor Forest capitalized with quick transition shots late in the game to win, 58-54.
The Lady Knights (9-9 overall, 6-4 in the region) are led by senior Jade Stokes, who is averaging 15.5 points per game.
In the boys’ game, BI slid down the region standings after losing to Groves, 79-72, on Saturday night.
Bradwell’s Dazjon Tinae scored 26 and Miguel Pineda hit 23, but it wasn’t enough to surpass the Rebels, who moved into the No. 3 spot in the region behind Johnson and Savannah High. The Tigers are in fourth place with a 10-11 overall record and 8-7 region mark.