November 26, 2020

Braves celebrate seniors, earn top seeds for region tourney

2016-2017 Senior Braves (Front L-R): Gabby Owensby, Nikkir Grier, Dekaii Ogletree, Makayla Fuller (Middle Row L-R): Aspen Barker, Macey Freeman, Ally Harris, Alyssa Cosper, Hannah Sanders, Kimberly Harris, Savannah Stephens, Dustey Reeves (Back Row L-R): Dekari Brewer, Torrance Allen, Jordarius Foster, Christian Murray

2016-2017 Senior Braves (Front L-R): Gabby Owensby, Nikki Grier, Dekaii Ogletree, Makayla Fuller (Middle Row L-R): Aspen Barker, Macey Freeman, Ally Harris, Alyssa Cosper, Hannah Sanders, Kimberly Harris, Savannah Stephens, Dustey Reeves (Back Row L-R): Dekari Brewer, Torrance Allen, Jordarius Foster, Christian Murray

(Franklin, GA) — The Brave basketball teams both celebrated senior night with huge wins over the Spencer Greenwave to earn both the top seeds and home court advantage in next week’s Region 5-AA tournament.

The Lady Braves officially earned the home court advantage for both squads after narrowly hanging on to defeat a scrappy Greenwave squad by a final score of 40-36.

Though still completely healed, seniors Alyssa Cosper and Hannah Sanders have both returned to the court and Coach Helen Akins is hopeful her entire team will be ready for next week’s tourney, although they still face one final regular season contest at Lamar County this Friday.

The senior Lady Braves led the way in Tuesday night’s win scoring 35 of the team’s 40 points. Kimberly Harris scored 21 followed by Sanders with 10 and Ally Harris with four. Junior point guard Sage Kelley led the underclassmen with five points.

The win by the ladies coupled with a Callaway win over Temple secured the home court advantage for the final two days of next week’s tourney as the Lady Braves improved their record to 17-6 overall and 7-2 in region play.

In boy’s action, Coach Keith Simmons and the Braves relied on a couple of big runs to bounce back from a 25-22 halftime deficit to improve to 19-4 on the season including an impressive 9-0 record in region play.

An 8-0 run to open the third quarter and another 8-0 run in the closing four minutes of the game keyed the 64-51 win and the region 5-AA’s No. 1 seed.

Seniors Jordarius Foster (23 points) and Dekari Brewer (14 points) led the way for the Braves, while junior Emory Jones (10) and sophomore Alijah Huzzie also had nice efforts.

The Braves not only secured the top seed for next week’s important tourney, but also the team’s first state playoff appearance since 2003. The top two seeds for the girls and the boys receive byes to the semifinals.

The Braves and Lady Braves will be at home for the semi-finals next Thursday night and the Region Championships will also be in Franklin on Friday night, February 10.

Final seedings and game schedules will be determined following this Friday’s final regular season games at Lamar County.

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