July 24, 2021

Lady Braves Knock off Jackets to Open Season

While many in Franklin were enjoying last Friday night’s Christmas festivities on the square, Coach Valerie Williams and the Lady Braves basketball team were going to work as they opened the 2011-2012 season at home versus the Jordan Red Jackets.

The Lady Braves are looking to continue to build on last year’s run to the second round of the state playoffs where they were knocked off by the eventual state champion Wolves of Buford.

The promise is great this year after losing only one player from last year’s team. In fact, the team only sports one Senior this year Aaliyah Rutledge so the future looks very bright indeed for Coach William’s squad.

In Friday’s game the girls played very soundly as they knocked off the Jackets 57-31. Williams said after the game that she was very happy with the effort from the girls in the game.

“I was very pleased with the intensity we showed. We played tonight as well as we did mid-season last year,” stated Williams.

The Braves were without one of its top players, Reece Walker, who is out with a severe hand injury suffered while she was cheerleading during the last home football game.

Doctors were scheduled to re-examine her today in hopes that she will get her cast off and possibly even be able to play this week.

Leading the scoring for the Lady Braves was Jemeka Parks who scored 20 and Jasmine Cook and Shemeka Parks who each had 14.

Rutledge also played very strong inside getting 4 points and freshman Cali Harrod had 5 in her very first varsity game.

Williams noted the addition of several younger players to the team should help with depth this year and she also noted the significant improvement of Junior Christina Cole who participated in a basketball league over the summer.

In the boys game, Coach Keith’s team was pounded by the Jackets 91-37. The young team will face some struggles this year with the departure of Jaquay Williams to Sandy Creek high school but the addition of Handley transfer Damon Pearson should help to fill some of the void.

Duranta Dunson led the scoring with 12 and Pearson had 8. The Braves will play the Central Lions Tuesday night at home (6:00 p.m. girls/7:30 p.m. boys).

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