November 26, 2020

Sweet 16 Preview: Calhoun Yellow Jackets @ Heard Co. Lady Braves

The Lady Braves will attempt to do something that no Heard Co. girls basketball team has done in the past 25 years Tuesday night when they host the Calhoun Lady Yellow Jackets in the Sweet-16 round of the GHSA state tournament.

In fact, no girls or boys basketball team has advanced to the Elite-8 round of the tournament since Kathy Scott led the Lady Braves to a semi-final appearance in 1987.

Those girls ended the 1987 season ranked #3 in the state (class A) after dropping a heartbreaking overtime game to Clinch Co. 59-54. That was the most successful  season in the history of girls basketball at Heard County.

If the Lady Braves a can manage to pull off another big win vs. Calhoun they would advance to the state quarterfinals Friday night in Dalton where they would likely meet the three-time defending state champion Buford Wolves. Ironically, the 1987 team defeated Buford 40-36 in the quarterfinals.

Calhoun Yellow Jackets @ Heard Co. Lady Braves 

WHEN: Tuesday Night (6:00pm tip-off)

WHERE: Heard High School Gym, 545 Main Street

RECORDS: Yellow Jackets (23-5, 13-2 in Region 7B-AA), Braves (23-3, 9-1 in Region 5-AA)

COACHES: Calhoun- Jerry Pruett, Braves – Valeree Williams (2nd season)

SEEDINGS: The Yellow Jackets come in as the Region 7-AA #2 seed. They defeated Rabun Co. 61-53 in OT in in the first round Friday. The Braves come in as the 5-AA #1 seed and defeated Decatur 55-47.

RANKINGS: Yellow Jackets (NR – Coaches Poll, #8 – AJC poll), Braves (NR – Coaches Poll, #9 – AJC Poll)

AVERAGE SCORING MARGIN: Yellow Jackets 57 -33, Braves 57 -41

COLORS: Yellow Jackets (Black/ Gold), Braves (Maroon/Gray)

SENIORS: Yellow Jackets 4, Braves 1

WINNER: Winner will advance to meet the winner of Buford/North Oconee Friday Night at the NW Georgia Trade Center in Dalton (7:00)



  1. Edward W. Boswell says

    The Lady Braves should handle this one easily. Traditionally, teams from this area of the north never face pressing teams until the state playoffs, and the Braves press well when they choose to. Because of their focus and team play, the Braves will win by 15 or better.


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