June 23, 2021

Braves upset Handley 51-48

(Franklin) — The Braves varsity basketball team took the court Saturday afternoon for the second time in less than 24 hours and scored a big come-from-behind 51-48 upset win over the Handley Tigers in Franklin.

The victory over a big and talented Tiger group moves new head coach Paul-Fitz-Simons and his young squad to 4-4 on the season, just one win short of last year’s win total of five.

“It was a good win for us no doubt about it. I feel like it was the best game we have played this year. Handley was very big and physical and athletic. We are not very good offensively but we are buying in defensively. Holding that team to 50 is good.”

Freshman point guard Derrick Emory had 12 points in Saturday's 51-48 win over Handley

Freshman point guard Derrick Emory had 12 points in Saturday’s 51-48 win over Handley

The Braves trailed 35-26 at the half before stepping up on the defensive end to hold the Tigers to just seven points in the third quarter, and cutting the margin to just one.

Freshman point guard Derrick Emory led the scoring for the Braves with 12 points including 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. He had a strong fourth quarter as the his team put up an impressive 22 including 7-for-9 at the free throw line.

“Derrick is not typically a scorer but you know it just seems like it is a different one each night it seems like and it was his turn today,” said Fitz-Simons Saturday night. “He is a good young point guard, a well-behaved kid, makes good grades — he is doing it for us at the point position.”

Emory’s emergence as a freshman has been big for the Braves, who have struggled to find true point guards over the past few seasons.

The team has also faced the adversity of being without one of their top players, Emory Jones. Jones is out for the season with a broken leg suffered on the first play of the state playoff football game versus Fitzgerald.

“I think our kids are starting to believe in themselves,” added Fitz-Simons. “Handley might be one of the best teams we will play this season.”

The Braves will host another Alabama opponent Monday night when Randolph County visits Heard High at 7:30 PM E.S.T.

Lady Braves 46, Handley 40

The Lady Braves won their fourth consecutive game Saturday afternoon knocking off the Lady Tigers 46-40. Senior Jordan Watson was the MVP of the game with 14 points and 17 boards. Hannah Sanders had another nice day with 12 and Madison Whitehead finished with six. The Lady Braves also host Randolph County Monday at 6:00 PM E.S.T.

JV Braves 41, Handley JV 38

A couple of more young freshman players had double-digits in scoring as the JV Braves won by three points. Alijah Huzzie finished with 19, while Tay Watson had 15.

Handley JV 35, Lady Braves 22

The JV Lady Braves lost to the Tigers by twelve in the early game Saturday morning. Emily Iddins had a big day with 12 points. Anna Cosper scored six and Haley Bennett added four.

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