October 28, 2020

Aaliyah Rutledge stuns Chiefs with 17 fourth-quarter points

Aaliyah Rutledge caught fire late Tuesday night and the Lady Braves overcame a deficit in the last eight minutes of the game to knock of the McIntoch Chiefs (3B-AAAA) by a final score of 51-37 at home.

The Lady Braves trailed 32-30 at the end of the third quarter  in what, up until that time, had been an even see-saw battle.

Rutledge, the only Senior on the squad, led all scorers in the game with 29 points and 12 rebounds including the  final quarter of play where she alone outscored the Chiefs 17-5.

Aaliyah Rutledge (#5) grabs one of her 12 rebounds in the game where she also scored 29 points

“It was just great for our team to get such a big win over such a good team from a bigger school,” said Rutledge after the game.

Hard work in the off-season seems to be paying big dividends for the Senior who hopes to earn a basketball scholarship.

Reece Walker finished strong with 12 points to continue her hot shooting.

The game was halted during the second quarter to present Reece, only a Junior, with a special basketball honoring the fact she had just scored her 1000th career varsity point.

Gabby Jeiler led the Lady Chiefs with 22. The win extends the Lady Braves record to 14-2 on the season as they next travel to Columbus this weekend for games Friday and Saturday at Kendrick and Spencer.

The Lady Braves currently sit atop Region 5-AA with a 4-0 mark but both Kendrick and Carver only have one loss each so the region is still very much up for grabs. The contests with both Kendrick and Carver will be huge as they only face each other once during the regular season.

“I was very pleased with the girls performance tonight,” stated Coach Valeree Williams. “We made good defensive adjustments and used both man and zone coverages. We are developing a good basketball I.Q. which is translating well for us on the court right now.”

For the second straight game the boy’s team continued to show improvement but fell to the Chiefs by a final tally of 56-37. Once again Coach Keith and his guys were close at the half, trailing only 19-16 but an early second-half run by the Chiefs left them struggling to catch up from a large deficit.

Sophomore Jonathon Hunt again led the way with 17 points followed by Damon Pearson and Duranta Dunson who each had six.

The Braves will also travel to Kendrick and Spencer this weekend in hopes of securing their first win of the season.

Saturday’s match-up with Spencer will pit the only two teams with winless Region 5-AA records so a lot of pride will be on the line for both teams.

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