August 1, 2014

Braves sweep Tigers; JV Boys get first win in three years

The junior varsity Braves basketball team found a bright spot Tuesday night at home where they knocked off the Temple Tigers 39-29, ending a dreadfully long losing streak going back to the 2009-2010 season.

The Braves held on for the big win after starting the game on a 26-11 run to get revenge over the Tigers who had beaten them soundly earlier this month in Temple.

Carl Lipford (#33) and Quay Daniel (#2) both part of the huge JV victory

Carl Lipford (#33) and Quay Daniel (#2) both part of the huge JV victory

Three Braves gathered most of the points for Coach Cedrick Emory. Collin Nutt led all scorers with 11 points followed by Carl Lipford with nine and Lashon Echols with seven.

In varsity action, the Lady Braves continued a marked improvement in play, knocking off the Lady Tigers for the second time this season 46-29.

The Lady Braves have now won six of eight games with the two losses coming in a close loss to AAAAA Whitewater 51-48 and a blow-out loss to Kendrick, one of the odds on favorites in the state title hunt.

With five games remaining in the regular season, overcoming the very talented Cherokees for the Region 5-AA title will be a tall order but the girls maintain a good shot at a number two seed and a home state playoff game in February.

Senior Jasmine Cook and junior twins Shemeka and Jemeka Parks led the scoring with eight points each. Senior Christina Cole and freshman Sarah Schofield each added four points.

The boys varsity team perhaps got the biggest win of the night with a 48-point scoring differential reversal from the first meeting with the Tigers.

After being pummeled at Temple 75-41 on January 11, Coach Phillip Manning and his squad turned it completely around dominating from almost start to finish before hanging on for a 14-point win 68-54.

Senior Damon Pearson dominated the scoring with a career high 28 points including two from outside the 3-point arc and a strong dunk. Levi Brown and Jonathon Hunt also had solid double-digit games with 14 and 13 respectively.

The Braves teams will now go on the road for four straight games beginning in Bowdon on Friday night and in Columbus at Spencer High School on Saturday night. The final regular season home games along with Senior Night will take place next Saturday, February 9 versus Jordan.

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(SPORTS NOTE: The HCMS girls semi-final playoff game scheduled for Thursday afternoon has been moved to Friday at 4:30 in Mt. Zion. The boys team was defeated handily in the first round ending their season.)

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