January 26, 2022

Lady Braves tally first win under Akins

(Franklin) — The Lady Braves basketball team charged into the win column Friday night at HHS with a 57-39 win over the Greenville Lady Patriots.

It was a game closer than the final score would indicate as the two squads battled hard all night before the Lady Braves pulled away in the final quarter.

The win was the first under new head coach Helen Akins and she was very pleased by the effort of her new team.

“The key tonight for our girls was just effort and hustle,” said Akins after the game. “We knew that Greenville was going to come out and do a lot of pressing so we worked extra hard on our execution and the girls did a great job of being patient and smart and taking care of the basketball — I am very proud of them.”

Senior softball star Cali Harrod returned to the home court for the first time in two years after sitting out her junior year and responded in a big way leading all scorers with 18 points.

016Fellow senior Whitney Emory also had a huge game with 12 points while junior Madison Whitehead had eight.

The starting line-up Friday night included Harrod, Emory, Whitehead, Jordan Watson, and freshman Sage Kelley but Akins plans to start several different combinations of girls in these early season tips prior to region play.

The Lady Braves held just a one point advantage at the end of the first quarter and the end of the first half before opening it up late. Other top scorers included Watson and Kimberly Harris who each had four points.

The win was a nice turnaround for the girls who fell to Central in their season opener in Carrollton on Tuesday by a final score of 57-28. The Lady Braves get another shot at the Lady Lion this Tuesday when they host them at HHS (6:00 tip-off). They also host Troup County at home on Friday.

Akins is missing one of her inside players for a few weeks. Hannah Sanders is recovering for a severe ankle sprain but hopes to be back sometime in January.

The boy’s team struggled in their first game of the year versus a loaded Greenville Patriots squad Friday that look strong enough to challenge for the Class A state title.

Coach Phillip Manning’s squad will also look to bounce back from the 108-30 loss to the Patriots when they host Central and Troup this week (7:30 tips).

The Heard High gymnasium sported a new look Friday night thanks to the addition of new padded player seat and a new state-of-the-art scoring table.

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