It was a regional catfight in the Tigers’ dens Tuesday night as the Bradwell Tigers faced the Camden County Wildcats in a tense battle for the men and women’s squads.
Lady Tigers 49, Lady Wildcats 48
In an evenly matched contest, the ladies went back and forth throughout the game. The intensity began in the middle of the third period and carried over to the buzzer to end the game.
Both teams traded the lead spot until the Lady Tigers took a one-point lead with only 24 seconds left on the clock (48-47). With 17.7 seconds remaining, the Lady Tigers sank another basket that would have opened up their lead a little further, but it was negated by an official’s call.
The Lady Tigers had possession and Camille Jackson drew a foul giving her two shots at the foul line. She made one of two free throws, making it 49-47. With 16.6 seconds left, the Lady Wildcats drew a foul giving them an opportunity to tie the game. The Wildcat made one of two free throws, making the score 49-48. Camden took a final shot at the basket as the buzzer sounded but it missed the target and the Lady Tigers held on to the one-point lead to win the regional match thereby making the Lady Tigers 1-1 in 3-AAAAA region.
“It was an unusual game with sloppiness on both teams,” Lady Tiger head coach Faye Baker said. “But anytime you can come out with a win, it’s a plus. I’ll take it.”
For the fans watching the game, the intensity and energy ignited throughout the gym and, when it was finally over, some fans even rushed the floor to congratulate the Lady Tigers.
“It was a real close game,” Baker said. “I’m glad we had a close one and I’m glad we were able to come out on top. That will help us down the road. We made some mental mistakes in the game and we talked about that afterwards, and hopefully we will learn from them and eliminate them in games to come.”
The Tigers lost one of their starters in their battle against the Lady Wildcats but quickly closed the gap with their secondary.
“Unfortunately, our starting point guard, Mariah Maternik, who didn’t play the last two games due to disciplinary reasons came into tonight’s game; and in the first play of the game she was driving to the hole and went down with an injury,” Baker said. “We are unsure about her status. We had to make some quick adjustments, and I thought that Candice Curry, who is our back-up point guard, did a good job, especially late in the fourth quarter. She handled the ball and our defense well even though she is playing with a slight hand injury.
Seandre Lee 14
Camille Jackson 10
Bryttnii Speight 10
Jammie McLemore 6
Stevonna Scott 6
Jasmine Alonso 2
Tigers 91, Wildcats 78
Although the final score shows the Tigers winning by 13, they didn’t have that lead throughout the game.
In fact, it was the Wildcats opening up with a three-point shot followed by a steal and a lay-up that gained them a quick 5-0 lead in the first minutes of the game. But by the end of the first half, it was the Tigers who took a five-point lead (18-13).
The game continued to stay within a one or two-point reach between both teams until the mid portion of the fourth period. That’s when the Tigers pulled away to maintain a 13-point lead in their 91-78 victory in their second regional game.
“I think the guys played a little more relaxed and loose,” Tiger assistant coach Pete Woodard said. “I told them before the game to treat it like a game and not like a business. Go out and have fun and in the process follow the rules set out by the coaching staff.”
Woodard noted the players are not out on the court to perform a job. Instead they should focus on the rules and having fun.
“We told them we were going to push the ball and if you get it you go with it,” Woodard said.”
The Tigers will host Jenkins today and then travel to Glynn on Saturday. The Lady Tigers tip off at 6:30 p.m. with the men’s game immediately following. The tip-off against Glynn starts at 5 p.m.
Brandon Hayes 31
Jarvis Wadsworth 17
Robert Sims 11
DeAndre Ross 10
Kentrell Hargrove 8
Dominique Everett 7
Daniel Materne 5
Tony Coston 2