The Lady Braves returned to the floor Tuesday night for the first time since last season’s magical march to the state quarterfinals and dropped a close decision to the Central Lady Lions 51-49.
The game was a close battle throughout. Junior Jemeka Parks led all scorers with 22 and senior Jasmine Cook dropped 12.
“Tonight was a little rocky. We have a lot of underclassmen and only three starters returning so we are trying to get our team chemistry back and we have a lot of things to work on,” stated head coach Valeree Williams after the game.
Williams talks strategy during a time-out
Although the Lady Braves only lost one senior to graduation from the Elite 8 squad they also lost point guard Reece Walker who transferred and Cali Harrod who decided to forego the season to focus on her softball career.
The starting line-up on Tuesday night featured Parks and her twin sister Shemeka, Cook, Senior Christina Cole, and Senior Tanisha Johnson.
Freshmen Jordan Watson and Madison Whitehead were both impressive off the bench. Watson scored seven while Whitehead had six including going 4-4 from the free throw line late in the game.
Williams spoke about her younger players and the impact they will be able to make. “Madison is fast as lightning she will be great in our press and Watson’s height will be very helpful. Kemaiya Brewer should also make an impact. We have several good girls at the guard and post positions that are almost interchangeable. It is just a matter of working on our plays and getting a lot more practice time in as a unit.”
Sophomore Whitney Emory and freshman Ashayla Hill also saw significant minutes in the game. The Lady Braves will face East Coweta (3A-AAAAAA) this Saturday night at home (6:00 tip).