It was Senior night Saturday at the high school where the Braves took on region foes, the Jordan Red Jackets, in the regular season basketball finales.
The Lady Braves took the floor first after Senior Hayley Brooke Parker sang the National Anthem (see link below) and used a big second half surge to knock off the Lady Jackets 56-33. They really broke it open in the third after only leading by five at the half.
Senior Jasmine Cook led the way with 20 points, followed by Shemeka Parks with 15, and freshman Jordan Watson with 10. Coach Valeree Williams and her squad end the season winning three of their final four.
The team has taken on a new look this week after top scorer Jemeka Parks and Senior Tanisha Johnson were dismissed from the team on Monday. Jemeka Parks, a junior, was averaging 19.5 points per game. Coach Williams refused to comment on the reason for the dismissals.
The coach did comment on the season as a whole after Saturday night’s win. “We are going to continue to work hard and our season is not over. I just told my seniors in the locker room that it might have been Senior Night but it was not their last game. We are going to continue to work hard every single night,” said Williams.
The Lady Braves (11-10, 5-3) will enter this week’s Region 5-AA tournament as the number four seed and will play either Manchester, Jordan, or Temple at Jordan High School in Columbus on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. With a win they would likely face the number one-seeded Kendrick Cherokees (25-0, 8-0) on Friday night at Spencer High School.
In boys action, the Braves faced a tall order in the vaunted Jordan Red Jackets and fell 78-45. Jonathon Hunt led the Braves in scoring with 19 followed by Levi Brown who finished with eight and senior Damon Pearson with seven. Point guard Deron Swint added six points.
Coach Philip Manning and the Braves will enter the region tournament as the number eight seed and will host number nine seed Temple at Heard High School Monday night at 7:30 following the girls play-in game between Temple and Jordan.
With a win, the Braves would travel to Bowdon to take on the Red Devils in round two Tuesday night at 8:30.
The Braves (3-18, 1-7) split the two regular season meetings with the Tigers (6-17, 1-7) falling 75-41 on January 11, but bouncing back on January 29 to upend the Tigers 68-54.