May 18, 2021

Lady Braves bounce back to swat Red Jackets

(Columbus, GA) — The Lady Braves bounced back from Friday night’s loss in a big way with a 64-19 win over the Jordan Red Jackets in Columbus Saturday night.

The Lady Braves jumped out early and led 41-7 after a quarter and 42-10 at the half allowing some of the younger girls to get some quality minutes in the second half.

Sophia Long led the Lady Braves with 18 in Saturday night’s win at Jordan (Photo: Shaqueri Talmadge)

Junior Sophia Long led the scoring for Coach Helen Akins squad dropping in 18 points including 14 in the first half.

Freshman Jasmine Owens continued to shine with 15 points while sophomore Zekylah scored nine.

Senior Morgan Kay had another solid night scoring 12 points including two from long distance. She was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line.

As a team, the Lady Braves were 19-for-28 from the charity stripe — a vast improvement from Friday night’s loss to Bremen.

Junior Briana Labaff and sophomore Mykhia Echols each had nice efforts in the game scoring five apiece.

The road win pushes the Lady Braves’ region record to 3-1 with eight more league games set to close out the regular season.

In the boys’ game, the Braves fell 65-58 in a contest that was much closer than the final score would indicate.

Coach Derek Smith’s young Brave squad battled hard throughout the game and rallied from an 11 point third quarter deficit to tie the game at 53-53 with just three minutes to go in the game, but the Red Jackets were able to pull away in the closing moments.

Ayden Cannon led the scoring for the Braves with 18 and Chance Curbow had a big night scoring a career-high 14 including two 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Khalil Cofield scored 11 including three from outside the arc and Ike O’Neal had another strong effort with seven points.

The Braves (3-13, 1-3) and Lady Braves (6-8, 3-1) both return to Region 5-AA action once again this Friday night when they host the Lamar County Trojans in Franklin.

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