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Tigers down Panthers in cross-county showdown
Liberty County’s Destiny Grider tries to split the Bradwell defense in the second half
Liberty County’s Destiny Grider tries to split the Bradwell defense in the second half Photo by Pat Donahue

In front of a raucous crowd at their home away from home, the Liberty County High School gym, the Bradwell Institute Lady Tigers continued their hot streak.

Bradwell held off the Liberty County Lady Panthers for a 49-29 win Saturday night, upping the Lady Tigers’ mark to 12-2 on the season.

Parris Parham’s hot start, including a 3-pointer and a putback, put the Lady Tigers in front early, and a 10-0 run in the second quarter allowed them to pull away. Parham drained a step-back 3 on a feed from Taniyah Bowman, and Bowman’s layup late in the second quarter pushed the lead to 27-9.

Ja’Nya Bush’s back-toback baskets gave Bradwell a 31-9 cushion before Jaelynn Dawson drained a long jumper and Maritza Troche knocked down a 3 to bring the Lady Panthers within 13. Bowman, named the Delisha Milton MVP of the game, keyed a closing run.

Bowman finished with 18 points, registering a double-double with 11 steals. Parham scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half and also pulled down 13 rebounds. Ta’Tyana Anderson added nine points. Bush had 10 rebounds, and Bailey Gilmore collected 13 boards.

Liberty, which had a brief two-game winning streak halted, fell to 7-5 on the year. Lyric McIver had seven points to lead the Lady Panthers.


Bradwell Institute’s defense put the clamps on Liberty County’s offense all night long.

The Tigers held the Panthers to just one field goal for a stretch of nearly eight minutes in the first half and pulled away for a convincing 65-28 win Saturday night at the LCHS gym.

Bradwell, 8-5, opened the game on an 11-0 run, sparked by five points from Tyon Jones and Rishard Money’s coast-tocoast layup.

The Panthers closed within five on two 3-pointers from Elijah Brown, but Liberty could not get any closer the rest of the night.

Jones nailed another 3 on a kick-out pass from Elyjah Thurmon for a 21-8 lead, and the cushion swelled to 26-8 at the half.

Chris Perry knocked down three straight 3s, and Jones turned Tahshaun Frazier’s pass into a layup for a 40-8 advantage.

Thurmon led the way with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Jones had 12 points and Perry scored 11. Money chipped in eight points. Frazier handed out seven assists.

Thurmon and Jones shared the Davion Mitchell Award for game most valuable player.

Brown topped the Panthers with eight points.

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