May 30, 2020

Lady Braves hand Trojans first region loss in over two years

(Franklin, GA) — The Lady Braves won a huge game over the two-time defending Region 5-AA Champion Lamar County Trojans Friday night at home.

The Lady Braves came out with a hard-fought 40-35 win in a game that was extremely close throughout the second half of play.

The Lady Trojans had not lost a region game since a one point loss to Callaway on January 5, 2018.

The Lady Braves started strong with a 9-0 run to open the game before the Trojans came back to take a 20-19 halftime lead.

Sophomore Lady Brave Zekylah “Z” Boyd (Photo: Shaqueri Talmadge)

It was a see-saw affair in the third and fourth quarters before the Lady Braves were able to pull away with under a minute to play in the game.

A go-ahead basket from upstart freshman Jasmine Owens with 58.1 seconds to play that put the home team on top 37-35 and another big shot from Sophia Long with just 15.8 to play that decided the outcome.

Senior Morgan Kay sank a free throw with just 5.4 to play to ice it for good.

Sophomore Zekylah Boyd had a solid night all around and led the scoring for the Lady Braves with 12 points.

Long had eight points and Owens scored six.

Senior Tori Caldwell had five first half points before exiting the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter and Kay finished with four. Owens again led the Lady Braves on the boards with seven rebounds.

The win pushed the Lady Braves Region 5-AA record to 4-1.

Coach Helen Akins was pleased with the play of her squad including a couple of players who played some valuable minutes off the bench.

“Z Boyd and Sophia Long did a great job of attacking the basket and I’m super proud of the Briana Lebaff and Mykhia Echols who came of the bench and gave us some good minutes when we were in foul trouble,” said Akins after the game. “I am especially proud of the way they didn’t give up tonight.”

The Lady Braves return to region action at noon today when they travel to Temple.

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