June 24, 2018

Newly ranked Braves top Tigers for seventh straight win

(Franklin, GA) — The resurgent Heard County Brave basketball team finally caught the attention of state pollsters this week debuting in Score Atlanta rankings at No. 10 in Class AA.

The team looks to build on that ranking after defeating the Temple Tigers Tuesday night 53-48 at HHS in a game not nearly as close as the final score would indicate as the Tigers scored three late baskets in the game’s final 30 seconds to close the gap.

Sophomore Tay Watson (#35) had 14 rebounds Tuesday night

Sophomore Tay Watson (#35) had 14 rebounds Tuesday night

The win was the seventh straight for the squad that has also won 10 of 11.

The Braves are currently leading Region 5-AA with a record of 7-0 with just three games remaining on the regular season schedule.

The always consistent senior Jordarius Foster again led the Braves with 15 points followed by Alijah Huzzie with 14, Dekari Brewer with eight and Emory Jones with seven.

Sophomore post player Tay Watson was dominant on the boards with 14 rebounds.

Coach Keith Simmons is pleased with a seventh straight win but knows his team must stay focused as the squad prepares for the region and state playoffs in the coming weeks.

“We are just taking it one game at a time right now,” said Simmons after Tuesday night’s win. “Right now our number one goal is to keep winning one at a time in order to get the best seed we can for the region tournament. Ultimately, that tournament is where we will need to play well to set ourselves up for a top seed at state.”

The Lady Braves struggled as much as they have all season Tuesday night, falling via the huge 19-18 upset to the Lady Tigers.

Coach Helen Akins’ squad trailed almost the entire game with the exception of the start of the fourth quarter after a Haley Bennett 3-point basket at the buzzer ended the third and put the Lady Braves up 18-17.

Bennett scored a team high seven points. However, neither team could find the basket in the fourth and after a 2-0 quarter by the Tigers, they walked away with the improbable victory.

The Lady Braves had easily handled the Tigers by a final score of 41-22 on January 10 but an injury to talented senior forward Hannah Sanders has been difficult. Sanders is hopeful to be back in action before the region tourney.

The Lady Braves (16-5, 6-1 in Region 5-AA) still control their own destiny for the top seed in the region. A top girls seed means the Lady Braves and Braves would both play at home for the region tournament in two weeks.

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