January 22, 2019

Bobcats Sweep Braves

(Franklin) — The Braves boy’s and girl’s varsity basketball squads were defeated last night by the Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats, a private Class A school from Fairburn.

The Lady Braves battled hard against a solid Bobcat squad before falling in overtime 37-32.

The Lady Braves were outscored 7-2 in the overtime period. Junior Hannah Sanders led the scoring for the Lady Braves with 12 points, and Morgan Jones had 23 for the Bobcats.

“We knew they were going to be a very solid team, they are very well-coached and very fundamental. They have three very good athletes leading the charge for them,” said Coach Helen Adkins after Tuesday night’s home game.

Senior Jordan Watson battles for a rebound in Tuesday night's 37-32 OT loss to the Bobcats

Senior Jordan Watson battles for a rebound in Tuesday night’s 37-32 OT loss to the Bobcats

“I am proud of our effort — day in and day out effort is never an issue for our kids. We just need to keep working on our fundamentals and execution so we can be ready come region schedule time.”

Coach Akins’ Lady Braves (1-3, 0-0) are without one of their key inside players, Kimberly Harris, who is nursing an injury but she should be back within the next few games.

Other leading scorers for the Lady Braves were Jordan Watson with seven, Sage Kelley with six, and Madison Whitehead with four.

In boy’s action, the Braves were defeated 80-59 in the nightcap. The Braves played well in the second half after the Bobcats built an 18 point halftime lead.

Jordarius Foster and Darius Matthews led the Braves attack with 15 points each. The Braves’ starting line-up Tuesday night featured Matthews, Foster, Christian Murray, Derrick Emory, and Dekari Brewer.

Head coach Paul Fitz-Simons and the Braves have faced a tough start to the season, with key two-sport athletes logging very little practice time with the team up until last week because of football playoffs.

“They had a good team, typical of a private school from Atlanta,” said Fitz-Simons after the game. “We struggled from the free throw line and missed some wide open shots and still only got beat by 20, the scoreboard may not have showed it, but there is no doubt we competed and fought like heck the whole time.”

The first year coach is focused on preparing for the region schedule later in the season.

“The thing is we don’t want to be the best we can be right now, we want to be the best we can be in February,” Fitz-Simons said. “We saw some good things tonight, Alijah Huzzie coming in and lighting it up — and we saw what Jaden Moreland can do on the defensive end. It is a puzzle and we want to put it all together but it is going to take some time.”

Other leading scorers for the Braves were Huzzie, Brewer, and Murray with six points each and Jordan Beard with five off the bench.

The Braves and Lady Braves will be on the road Thursday night for rematches with the Elite Scholar’s Academy in Morrow.

The boys fell to the Scholars 49-40 on November 14 to open the season, while the Lady Braves knocked off the Lady Scholars 51-25 for their first win of the season.

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