After winning 10 games straight the Bradwell Lady Tigers basketball squad fell to the undefeated Lady Pirates of Brunswick High by one point (64-65) in Brunswick Saturday night. The Tigers suffered the same fate as the Pirates sank the boys’ squad by four, 62-58.
The Lady Tigers’ loss to a non-region opponent did not drop their No. 1 status for region 3-AAAAA. But head coach Faye Baker said she hopes the loss will serve as the wakeup call her girls needed to play No. 2 ranked Beach High. That game was scheduled for last night at Beach and was to decide who led the bracket.
The Brunswick Lady Pirates remain undefeated after Saturday’s victory, earning them a 12-0 overall and 4-0 region 2-AAAA record. The Lady Tigers are 11-2 overall and 4-0 in their region.
The Tiger girls were up by 13 points with 3 minutes left in the game, but 3 turnovers allowed the Pirates to rack up points. Two of the Pirates hit 3-pointers, hoisting them ahead of the Tiger squad.
"The momentum just switched immediately," Baker said Monday during practice. "We missed some shots under the basket. Actually we won Friday, and I was disappointed with our performance, but we played better Saturday. We played more as a team. It was just that late in the game we made crucial turnovers."
Baker said her squad was down a few key players, as Brytnii Speight left early with a slight injury and Camille Jackson was also sidelined.
Baker said she thought the loss would make her squad hungry for another win.
"The girls had tears in their eyes after that loss," she said. "We talked about that at practice today. We need to get that fire and intensity level back and make a difference on Tuesday."
Scores from Tuesday’s game are posted on the Couriers prep sports web-site at: http://sports.coastalcourier.com/prep-sports/
The Pirates held the Tigers to win by 4 in a non-region fight and, while the Pirates took the 62-58 victory, Tiger coach Pete Woodard said there was nothing he could take away from his squad.
He said his squad did everything the coaching staff asked.
"They were shooting well," he said. "They were rebounding, they played great defense. It was just one of those nights where somebody had to win and somebody had to lose. They are playing with a great deal of confidence now. They know they can play with teams in their region.""
He said the boys’ understand the importance of the region games ahead and some players have stepped in to lead the team. One notable player is D’Sean Brown, who has scored in the double digits the last two games and has taken more control of his defensive plays, reducing fouls.
"Although I’m very pleased with the fact that D’Sean has stepped up his game and has become somewhat of a leader on the team, what impresses me most is he has done a complete 360 as far as attitude and work ethics," Woodard said about the sophomore point guard and forward.
Brown scored 13 against the Pirates. Treyshawn Haygood chipped in 11. Trading in their football cleats for court shoes, Mike McGirt shot for 9 points and DeMario Day added 7. Joseph Palmer also shot for 7 and DJ Felder netted 6 points.
The boys were scheduled to battle Beach High Tuesday night in Savannah. According to GaSports.com, the Tiger are seventh in the region and Beach is eighth.