October 31, 2020

Braves open region basketball slate at rival Callaway

(Franklin) — After dropping back-to-back games to Lagrange and Troup County Thursday and Friday at home, the Lady Braves will start 2017 with an important Region 5-AA opening road contest at Callaway Tuesday night.

The back-to-back losses for the Lady Braves (10-4,0-0) were the first this season, and Coach Helen Akins hopes the timing could even turn into a positive as the very important 10-game Region 5-AA schedule tips off.

The Lady Braves are hoping to make another deep run into the postseason after last year’s quarterfinal run. The Callaway girls finished third in their region last season but that was in Class AAA before off-season realignment.

“We had sort of been having a lot of success so it might be good for us to get a bad game out of our system before region gets started,” said Akins following the Monday afternoon practice.

“We had some really good fundamental practices this weekend — we know Callaway has an athletic group of girls and to meet them in the first game of the region schedule should make for a fun night.”

The boys game will also be very meaningful as Coach Simmons and the Braves carry a 10-4 record into region play against a Callaway squad loaded with athletes that won their region last year and advanced to the Sweet 16 in Class AAA.

The Braves split games on Thursday and Friday, knocking off Our Lady of Mercy Thursday 62-40 before dropping a close 52-49 match-up with Troup on Friday.

Jordarius Foster led the Braves with 19 in Thursday’s win. Dekari Brewer had nine and Christian Murray added seven.

Tonight’s games at Callaway High in Lagrange will tip off with girl’s action at 6:00 PM followed immediately by the boy’s game at 7:30 PM.

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