September 26, 2017

Girls Crush Tigers 59-9; Boys Remain Winless

The Lady Braves started 2012 out in the same fashion as they left 2011, with a big win. The Temple Tigers came calling to Heard High School Friday night for a Region 5-AA match-up and the game was never close.

Reece Walker dominated the first half scoring 20 points and strong pressure defense kept the Tigers almost completely off the scoreboard. At the half the Lady Braves led 40-4.

Freshman Ashley Denton excited after scoring her first varsity point on a free throw.

Coach Williams went to her bench for much of the second half of the game and the final score was 59-9. Ashley Denton and Whitney Emory logged a lot minutes to give the starters a big break late. Denton was all smiles when she scored her first two varsity points on free throws.

Walker led all scorers with 23 followed by Jasmine Cook with 7 points and Shemeka Parks with 6. The Tigers were led by Dana Peppers with 3 points.

The Lady Braves look to avenge their only loss of the season tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Lagrange to face the Lady Grangers (1:30 tip). The Lady Grangers defeated the Lady Braves 50-37 earlier this season in Franklin. We asked junior Jasmine Cook about the game tomorrow.

“I think we have a good chance to beat Lagrange in this rematch. We definitely didn’t bring our A-game last time around but we will look to rebound tomorrow. We will depend heavily on Aaliyah (Rutledge) to lead us inside against the bigger team,” stated Cook.

In the varsity boys game the Braves tried to keep it close but were again soundly defeated 86-66. The team did appear to show some improvement in several areas.

A big dunk by Damon Pearson gave some life to the crowd and back to back three-pointers by Jonathan Hunt and Ben Cole brought the score within 11 early in the fourth but that was as close as the game would get.

Duranta Dunson led the way on the scoreboard with 16 followed closely by Pearson with 15 and Hunt with 13. The boys will also travel to Lagrange tomorrow to face the Grangers (3:00 tip).

In an extremely exciting JV boys game Taylor Smith drove to the basket with under three seconds to play in overtime to tie the game with the Tigers at 60-60.

By rule, only one overtime is played at the Junior Varsity level so the game ended in the rare tie score. The JV boys get underway tomorrow at noon also at Lagrange.

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