September 26, 2017

Lady Braves Drill Tigers at Haralson County Invitational

The Lady Braves have been the smaller and less physically imposing squad nearly every time they have stepped on the court this year.

Wednesday night they had the opportunity to reverse the field somewhat as they took advantage of a visible size advantage of their own versus the Tigers of Cleburne County High School in the first round of the 36th annual Haralson County Invitational Tournament.

The Alabama team fell behind quickly to the Braves in the first quarter and never recovered. An effective pressing defense by the Braves and double-digit scoring  from Jasmine Cook and Reece Walker left little room for offensive opportunities for the Tigers.

A 3-pointer by Walker put the Braves on top 9-0 with less than two minutes gone by in the game and they never looked back.

The Braves led 21-2 at the end of the first quarter and went to the locker room at the half leading 41-6.

Head coach Valerie Williams said after the game that she was very happy with the way the girls functioned as a team. She also stated that she was glad to be able to get some of the younger girls into the action.

Sophomore Jonathan Hunt led the Braves with 11 points

Williams got 16 points from her bench players, most coming in the second half as the Braves coasted to a 60-14 victory. Scoring leaders in the game for the Braves were Walker with 16 and Cook with 13.

The Parks twins combined for 13 points. Bench scoring included six points by Tanisha Johnson, and four points each by Christina Cole and Whitney Emory. The Tigers were led by  Jennifer Moore and Wendy Bohannon who each had three points.

The Lady Braves (6-1) advance to the semi-finals today where they will face the host Haralson Co. Rebels with a 7 p.m. tip-off. In the other girls game, the Lions of Central knocked off Bowdon 67-42.

The Lions will face-off versus Bremen at 4 p.m. today for a chance to advance to Friday’s Championship game where they will meet the Braves-Rebels winner.

In boys action, the Braves woeful season continued as Coach Keith’s team kept a game with the Cleburne Co. somewhat close in the first half but were eventually ousted 71-48 by the Tigers.

Jonathon Hunt led the Braves with 11 points followed by Damon Pearson with 10 and Elijah Toney with 8.

Frustrations of the winless season began to show late in the game as Keith received a technical foul after Deron Swint fouled out of the game. Keyantae Watkins was also ejected from the game right after the final buzzer as a minor skirmish broke out among a couple of players.

The Tigers leading scorers were Roman Davis with 20 and Rocky Hayes with 16. The Braves (0-7) will play for 5th place in the tourney at 2:30 p.m. Friday vs. Bremen who was defeated by Central 75-52.

It will be a good chance for fans to see a preview of what will be a Region 5-AA rivalry next season with the Devils.

GAME NOTE

Amare Hall, a 7-year-old Heard Elementary student saved the day when a loose basketball ended up rolling far under the bleachers where only a tiny person could reach.

The game was delayed for only a moment as Amare crawled way underneath the bleachers and retrieved the ball.

When he came back out he was dusty from head to toe and told us he even saw a big spider while he was under there.

The crowd cheered as he returned with the ball. Great job Amare!

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