September 21, 2017

Reece Walker Buzzer Beater Lifts Lady Braves over Lagrange 59-57 in OT (Video)

Junior point guard Reece Walker grabbed a rebound and sank a basket at the buzzer in overtime Saturday to give the Lady Braves basketball team a hard-fought 59-57 comeback win in overtime over the Lady Grangers on the road.

The Braves (10-1) actually trailed by six points with just over a minute to play in overtime but scrappy defensive play led to the quick comeback.

The key play in overtime came when Kabreena Smith, the leading scorer for the Grangers, was ejected from the game for a flagrant elbow to Walker’s face. The foul was her fifth of the game anyway so she would have been out regardless of the ejection.

Walker was down on the floor for several minutes but quickly returned to action. The Lady Grangers sank a free throw to tie the game at 57 with 14 seconds to play.

The Braves drove the ball down court and actually got off three different shots before Walker’s game winner. “I didn’t really think I would be able to get the shot off before the buzzer but I was very happy to see it go in,” stated Walker.

Game Winning Shot by Lady Braves (01/07/12) from HeardCitizen.com on Vimeo.

Smith led all scorers with 24 and was a force inside all day. Aaliyah Rutledge fought hard inside against the much bigger Smith and scored three straight buckets to close the gap to just two points late in the third quarter.

Pressure defense by the Braves was a big key to the comeback. Early in the game both teams appeared to be a little hung over from Friday nights’ late games.

This game had an earlier than normal start at 1:30. The scoring was spread out evenly for the Braves with Walker getting 17, Jasmine Cook 16, and Jemeka Parks 15.

Defensively, the Braves played with a lot of intensity all day. The win pushes the record to 10-1 on the season for the Lady Braves. They will travel southward again on Tuesday night to battle the Troup Tigers (6:00 tip).

“I was very pleased with the girl’s intensity and effort today. It was nice to get an exciting win over such a solid team like the Grangers. The Grangers are a great example of the kinds of teams we will have to face come state playoff time. The experience of this game should help our team tremendously.”– Braves head coach Valerie Williams

In men’s action the Grangers dominated the Braves by a final of 82-34. Corey Chapman led the scoring for the Braves with 9.

In junior varsity action, the Grangers topped the Braves 48-40. Keith Moss continued his hot shooting with three 3-pointers and 11 total points. Levi Brown added nine points, Keyantae Watkins had eight, and Taylor Smith accounted for seven.

JV Boys were defeated by the Grangers 48-40

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