September 25, 2018

Bennett hits school record seven 3-pointers in Lady Brave win over Spencer

(Franklin, GA) — A huge effort from junior Haley Bennett led the Lady Braves to a crucial 47-33 home win over region foe Spencer Saturday afternoon in Franklin.

Bennett scored a career high 26 points in the game with the bulk coming via a school record seven 3-point baskets (Daphne Holtzclaw also had seven versus Callaway in 2006). The junior was hot from beyond the arc for the entire game with at least one three in each quarter and also finished three of four from the line.

Haley Bennett (#11) drained a record seven 3-pointers Saturday afternoon in Franklin (Photo courtesy of Jeff Napier)

Sage Kelley had six Saturday with Alexis Nelms and Sydney Gay each scoring five.

Gay filled in nicely for sophomore Tori Caldwell who is day to day with an injury suffered at Callaway Wednesday night.

Coach Helen Akins was pleased with her team’s effort this week in a tough four game slate of action due to the weather cancellations last week.

“We are happy to get wins in three of these four games this week. Haley Bennett just had a huge night for us as she has been battling back from having the flu earlier this season and she seems to really be getting her legs back under her now,” said Akins after Saturday’s win.

“Sydney Gay has really stepped up for these two games this weekend and that has been just huge for us. Tori could have played today if we really needed her but we want to rest her up as much as we can with these important games coming up over the next couple of weeks.”

Coupled with a 36-29 victory over Jordan Friday night, the wins move the Lady Braves to 5-3 in region play with just two regular season Region 5-AA games left on the schedule.

Sage Kelley led the way with 14 points Friday night while freshman Sophia Long had eight and Gay tallied four. Bennett, Nelms, and junior Ellie Googe each had three.

The Lady Braves will travel to Spencer again this Tuesday night (6:00 PM) and return home to host region leading Lamar County Friday night (6:00 PM) in Franklin.

The squad is currently in a three-way tie with Spencer and Callaway for second place in the region so the final two games will be huge in regards to seedings for the upcoming region tourney.

The Region 5-AA tourney finals will be held on the home court of the top-seeded boys team in two weeks.

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