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Warriors unable to tame Tigers
Got game! Brandon Hays had a couple of three-point shots to help the Tigers dominate the Warriors in a 79-46 victory.
The Tattnall County Warriors rolled into the Tigers Den Tuesday evening and were unable to tame the Tiger or Lady Tigers basketball teams.
Both Tiger squads quickly sunk their teeth into the Warriors and never looked back. For the Tigers, this was a 360-degree turn around from their game last season when Tattnall County embarrassed the Tiger squad with a 56-45 victory. The Lady Tigers completely dominated the Lady Warrior squad and, at the end, led by more than 50 points in the game.  

Lady Tigers 85, Lady Warriors 27
The Lady Tigers came out strong, defensively, and immediately capitalized on some very sloppy passing from the Lady Warriors.
Jammie McLemore, Jasmine Alonso, Candice Curry, Seandre Lee, Mariah Maternik, Mei Sean Lee, Bryttnii Speight and Quintunya Chapman were the Tigers’ leading scorers. Unlike the Warriors, the Lady Tigers displayed some dynamic passes to set up several lay-ups and, by the end of the first period the Tigers were up 24-7.
The Tigers also dominated in steals against the sluggish Warriors. The one area in which the Lady Warriors excelled was their ability to get the rebounds after the first shot - something Lady Tiger head coach Faye Baker noticed.
“I still think we need to do a better job of blocking out and eliminating second shot opportunities,” she said after their victory. “There were just too many instances where we allowed them to get the second shot, especially from the free-throw line and that should never happen.”
It was the regular season home opener for the Lady Tigers and a chance for the public to see just how talented this young squad, with only two seniors, could be. There was not one player who stood out above the others. It was five players on the court combining their efforts to produce a victory.
“It was a great team effort,” Baker said. “I was pleased with their unselfishness on the court. There were a couple of times that one of my players could have kept the ball but they made the passes and found the open person. As a team, I feel we did a really good job.”
“Overall, I was pleased with their performance,” Baker said. “We talked before the game about establishing defense first. We told them to go out and play solid defense and the offense would come. And that is exactly what happened.”

Tigers 79, Warriors 46
Last year, the Warriors came to Bradwell and set the tone for the entire game, finishing the Tigers with an 11-point lead.
This year, the Tigers returned the favor under the shooting hands of Jarvis Wadsworth and Brandon Hays, and, by the end of the first period, the Tigers had an eight-point advantage. That lead kept getting bigger as the Tigers continued to hit the baskets.
The Warriors kept missing the net despite several attempts and lay-ups. There was only one point throughout the entire game where the Warriors were behind by only five points.
At the half, the Tigers led 42-26 and never stopped pushing for the rest of the game. Men’s head coach David Jones, who was nervous about opening against Tattnall, was smiling at the final buzzer
“I needed a win worse then they (Tattnall) did,” he said. “Tattnall had a great team last year and we had a struggling season, so I needed this opening win.”
Although pleased with the Tigers’ performance, Jones knows this is one of the toughest regions in the state. Despite having a big lead throughout most of the game, he set some ground rules during the half-time break.
“Our kids played well,” he said. “They played well in the second half but we did have a discussion at halftime about a lack of intensity. We had four players out there giving it their all and the fifth one seemed to be resting, and you can’t do that and get far in this league.”
The Tigers have a deep bench this season with several talented and developing players. Wadsworth and Hays played the way coach Jones demands - hard and solid.
“We got to play a lot of people in the game and they all did pretty well,” he said. “We are thankful to have Brandon Hays back this year. We lost him last year when he moved. But now that he is back. It is great to have him back on the team. He only plays one way and that is 100 percent wide open, so his performance did not surprise me rather it is what I expected him to do.”

The Tigers and Lady Tigers will travel to Brunswick Dec. 4. The Ladies tip-off at 6 p.m. and the men’s game will immediately follow.
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