After a dismal 2-6 start to the season, the Lady Braves basketball team has turned things around quickly in 2013 extending their winning streak to four games after taking a hard-fought battle with the Bowdon Red Devilettes Saturday night at home 48-45.
The key for the Braves was a long defensive stand as the Devilettes did not score for over 11 minutes between the second and third quarters.
After trailing 25-20 at the half, the Lady Braves carried a three point lead into the last quarter when two free throws by Shemeka Parks sealed the win.
Jemeka Parks led all scorers with 20 points. Sophomore Whitney Emory continued her solid play with six points. Reshay Brewer led Bowdon with 15.
The Lady Braves toppled Temple 49-38 on Friday and now sit atop the sub-region standings with no sub-region losses.
Head Coach Valeree Williams spoke about the positive turnaround after the game: ”It is like something clicked during the Troup County game and everything started to mesh together. Every practice we are getting better and better, every game we are getting better. We are still a semi-young team so we are going to make some mistakes. We still have a lot to work on, but we can hopefully keep going on the right path.”
In the boys game, another tight match-up throughout went the Red Devils way 49-45. The Braves led 34-30 after three quarters but came up just short late.
A key play was a technical foul call on Elijah Toney after a personal foul which led to two technical foul shots made for the Red Devils with about a minute to play in the game. Toney had three fouls at the time but the personal combined with the technical, fouled him out of the game.
Juwan Maze led the scoring off the bench for the Red Devils with 17 including three 3-point baskets. Damon Pearson led the way for the Braves with 10. Other top scorers for the Braves were Levi Brown with eight, Keith Moss with seven, and Jonathon Hunt with seven.
The Braves were dominated by the Temple Tigers on Friday night losing 75-41. The teams will catch a short breather before returning to region play at home next Saturday night versus Manchester.
In JV action, The Braves were defeated by the Devils 48-29. Freshman Lashon Echols led the Braves scoring with nine points.