May 17, 2021

From Kay to Z! A stunning win for the Lady Braves

(Bremen, GA) — The Lady Braves pulled off a stunning victory at Bremen Tuesday night when senior Morgan Kay found sophomore Zekylah “Z” Boyd on a long inbound pass allowing Boyd to score the game-winning bucket as time expired in the game.

Senior Lady Brave Morgan Kay (Photo: Shaqueri Talmadge)

The huge play (see video below) broke a 41-41 tie after the Devils had just scored a big basket of their own to tie the score at 41-41 with just 4.0 seconds to play in regulation.

The game went back and forth throughout the fourth quarter with several lead changes and neither team holding a lead of more than four points.

Sophia Long gave the Lady Braves a 41-39 lead with just over a minute to play before the lady Devils tied it at 39-39 and Long and Kay each made a free throw with under a minute to play to extend the lead to 41-39 before the Devils once again tied it up.

Long had a big night leading the team with 15 points while Morgan Kay scored 10 and Boyd scored eight.

Freshman Jasmine Owens was again big on the boards hauling in eight rebounds while Long and Hermonie Garza each had six.

Senior Tori Caldwell was dressed for the game in case of an emergency, but did not play due to an ankle injury.

The win was huge for the Lady Braves as it not only avenged an early season 3-point loss to the Blue Devils, but moves the Lady Braves into sole possession of first place in Region 5-AA with a 6-1 record.

The Lamar County Trojans likewise hold a 6-1 record, but as of today the advantage goes to the Lady Braves due to the head-to-head win last Friday in Franklin.

The Lady Braves will face the Trojans again next week when they travel to Barnesville on Friday, January 24 for a game that will most likely determine the No. 1 seed for the Region 5-AA tournament.

Lady Brave head coach Helen Akins was ecstatic and very pleased after the crucial and hard-fought road win.

“You know we are playing without one of our starters Tori Caldwell, but somehow these kids are just finding a way to battle and keep picking each other up and that is just a testament to the family that they have built with each other,” said Akins after the game.

“Our bench is just getting after it as much as you can in a chair. I am just super proud.”

Akins says several players have really stepped it up during the current four-game winning streak.

“Sophia Long just keeps attacking the basket, Zekylah Boyd had another great game, and Jasmine Owens stepping into that starting role as a freshman is super big for us,” says Akins.

“Briana Lebaff just continues to come off the bench and give us some good minutes — this team is growing and that is what you want to see is the team peaking when you’re getting towards tournament time.”

Before the big road match-up with the Trojans next Friday, the Lady Braves (9-8, 6-1) must first take care of more Region 5-AA business at home with a game versus rival Callaway this Friday night in Franklin.

The Lady Braves defeated the Lady Cavs 45-37 in Lagrange before the Christmas break. The Lady Cavs are currently 4-3 in Region 5-AA. Friday night’s game will tip off at 6:00 PM.

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