The Bradwell Institute Tigers hosted the Jenkins Warriors on Friday night in a Region 3-AAAAA contest. The Bradwell squads swept Jenkins, with the girls’ team earning a decisive 69-43 win and the boys’ team edging out a 56-53 victory.
Lady Tigers 69, Lady Warriors 43
There was some concern on the Lady Tigers’ bench about whether they would be able to contain the Lady Warriors’ top shooter, Camille Dash. Dash was a leader for the team last season and already has posted 101 points this year.
And she was poised to make a statement against coach Faye Baker’s girls, scoring 14 points in the first half of play, including two trey shots. But Baker asked her girls to be aggressive and made sure Dash was covered, holding her to a mere two points in the second half of the game.
“They have a great player, Camille Dash. She shot the lights out on us in the first half, and we did a much better job in the second half of containing her,” Baker said. “That is why we were able to extend our lead.”
It also allowed Bradwell’s Shaquoia Crockett to find her groove. Crockett chipped in 6 points in the first half, but she bounced back in the third quarter, sinking three shots from outside the arch. In the fourth quarter, she dropped in another trey shot en route to 23 points.
“When she found her mark, she was ready,” Baker said of Crockett. “She shot the ball on Tuesday night, and tonight she shot the ball well in the second half.”
Dipping into the double digits and displaying tenacity for the steals and put backs was Bradwell’s Leitia Leiataua. She finished the night with 17 points.
“You know, earlier in the season we were not getting a lot of offense,” Baker said. “I talked to Lei Lei and I told her that we needed her to try and score more and be more aggressive offensively (and) drive to the basket, because she is strong, and nine times out of 10, she is going to get fouled. And she is doing that, and we are glad to see that.”
Baker said her girls are improving each game, but they are still trying to link together the final pieces of a perfect offensive game.
“We don’t have that Mariah (Maternik)-type person that we know is going to get you double digits every night. It has to be a collective team effort, and that is really what we are seeing right now,” Baker said. “We are doing a much better job on rotating the ball offensively. … Sometimes we get a little impatient and jack up shots at the wrong time. … We are trying to get them to be more patient.”
The Lady Tigers are 4-3 overall and 3-1 in Region 3-AAAAA.
BI 15 21 20 13 — 69
Jenkins 7 14 12 10 — 43
BI: Shaquoia Crockett 23, Leitia Leiataua 17, Akeyla Richardson 8, Latisha Frasier 7, Treniece Boles 6, Kelissa Hargrove 2, Manessa Dalton 2, Javaughn Clariday 2, Brittany Terrell 2.
Tigers 56, Warriors 53
It was a whirlwind of passes, runs, turnovers and trey shots as the Tigers and Warriors battled it out in a quick-paced game. The visitors took an early lead, edging the BI boys by as much as eight points in the first half.
But the Tigers were able to keep up the Warriors’ pace and kept chipping away at their opponents’ lead. By intermission, Bradwell trailed by three. In the second half, it would be that same point spread that would give the Tigers a victory in the fourth.
Bradwell’s Javante Richey used his quickness to drive the middle and feed the ball to Miguel Pineda, who hit two trey shots in the first half. Pineda also took a steal for a quick layup and played the inside, earning the first four points in the game.
Darius Mobray provided valuable minutes off the bench. The 6-foot-4 senior aided the Tigers’ board, nabbing rebounds and second shots. He was an easy target for the inside pass and layup.
The win keeps coach Pete Woodard’s team in third place in the region behind Johnson High and Savannah High.
The Tigers are 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the region.
Box scores and final stats were not available by press time.