September 24, 2018

Braves cruise over Eagles in Franklin

(Franklin, GA) — The Brave and Lady Brave varsity basketball squads both scored impressive wins over visiting Mt. Zion Tuesday night at home in the last games before Christmas break.

Junior Lady Brave Sage Kelley (Photo: Melanie Boyd/Times-Georgian)

Junior Lady Brave Sage Kelley (Photo: Melanie Boyd/Times-Georgian)

The Lady Braves (10-2) jumped out early over the Eagles and never looked back taking down the Lady Eagles (4-6) by a final score of 65-26.

Lady Brave junior point guard Sage Kelley was hot from beyond the 3-point arc nailing five shots from long-range.

Kelley finished with 17 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

 “Sage doesn’t always score a lot because she has to have the ball in her hands and facilitate so much,” Coach Helen Akins said after the game. “She did a great job of handling the ball and a good job of finding her own shots tonight.”

Senior Kimberly Harris also had another big night with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lady Braves led by 21 at the half as Coach Akins was able to go deep on her bench in the second half. Other top scorers were Hannah Sanders with six, Alexis Nelms with four, and Ellie Googe with four.

The No. 7 ranked team in Class AA has now won seven straight games as they head into the holiday break.

In boys action, the Braves (9-3) scored arguably their most impressive win of the season, taking down the Eagles (4-4) by a final of 66-38, just three days after a close battle at Temple where they had to come from behind to win by just five.

The Eagles were never able to bounce back from a 17-0 run by the Braves in the first half. Several Braves had big nights including Dekari Brewer and Jordarius Foster (each with 14 points and 10 rebounds) and Christian Murray (12 points and six rebounds).

“We just turned it up defensively,” said coach Keith Simmons. “I know they had an off shooting night, but I would like to think that some of that had to do with our defensive pressure.”

Simmons has placed a huge emphasis on defense in his first season and it appears to be paying off sooner rather than later.

Like the Lady Braves, the Braves only losses this season have come to schools from larger classifications. Both teams return to action next week with games on Thursday and Friday at home. The teams open Region 5-AA play at Callaway on January 3, 2017.

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