December 2, 2020

Tigers edge Braves in OT thriller, Lady Braves roll in blowout

(Franklin) — The Braves fought back from a nine-point deficit with under five minutes to go in the game Monday at HHS before falling 50-47 in overtime to the Randolph County Tigers from Alabama.

Darius Matthews sent the game to overtime with a breakaway basket with under 15 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

The Braves overcame Tigers’ big lead in the middle of the fourth quarter thanks to key 3-pointers from Kendaz Goode and freshman Alijah Huzzie.

Huzzie had his biggest night as a Brave, leading the team with 13 points including 10 in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. He hit three from long-range outside the arc.

Derrick Emory and Christian Murray each had nine and Jordarius Foster tallied eight.

The young Braves continue to battle from whistle to whistle under new head coach Paul Fitz-Simons with a focus on the defensive end of the court, holding their last four opponents to less than 51 points.

J.R. Roundtree led the Tigers with 16. In girl’s action the head coach Helen Akins was able to get all of her girls on the court for significant playing time versus a clearly overmatched Lady Tiger squad.

Emily Iddins (#4) battles a Lady Tiger for a rebound in Monday's blowout win

Emily Iddins (#4) battles a Lady Tiger for a rebound in Monday’s blowout win

The Lady Braves rolled 60-8 with 11 of the 12 girls on the roster scoring points.

The home team led 17-0 after the first quarter and 40-3 at the half. Junior Hannah Sanders led all scorers with 16.

Seniors Madison Whitehead and Jordan Watson had 10 and nine respectively.

Sage Kelley scored eight including two nice 3-point baskets.

Younger players Alexis Nelms, Haley Bennett, and Alexus Crawford also scored in the blowout win.

Kimberly Harris returned to the line-up for the first time this season after missing the early part of the season with a back injury.

The Braves and Lady Braves will get a few days of rest before heading to St. Anne Pacelli Saturday night to battle the Vikings.

In the junior varsity boys’ game Monday, the Braves and Tigers finished in a 28-28 tie. Huzzie led the scoring with 11 followed by another freshman Tay Watson with seven.

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