October 22, 2020

Lady Braves bow out at State Quarterfinals

(Milledgeville, GA) — The Lady Braves were downed by the Wesleyan Wolves 79-22 Thursday afternoon at the GHSA Class AA State Quarterfinals at Georgia College in Milledgeville.

The dream playoff run was ended as Coach Akins and her squad ran into an uber-talented metro Atlanta private school team featuring size, speed, and several NCAA Division 1 prospects.

As they have all season, the Lady Braves gave a valiant effort from wire to wire, actually surprising the multi-time state champions early in the game.

The Lady Braves led 6-5 with 3:06 to play in the opening quarter before the Wolves went on a 21-0 run over the next seven minutes of action.

Junior phenom Mikayla Coombs led the way for the Wolves over that stretch at one point scoring eight in just over a minute. Coombs is one of the top talents in the nation and already has an offer to the University of Connecticut. Huskies coach Geno Auriemma was on hand for Thursday’s game.

QuartersThe Wolves led 36-9 at the half before pulling away to land a trip to the semi-finals.

They will advance to take on another private school in the semifinals as the GAC Spartans defeated Rabun County Thursday.

In the other Class AA quarterfinals today, Pelham will battle Holy Innocents and Model will face off with Putnam County.

The Wolves are seeking their eighth state title in the last nine years. They will be moving up to Class AAA next season along with GAC, Holy Innocents, and most of the other privates after the recent reclassification.

The quarterfinal appearance capped off a tremendous 23-6 season under second year Lady Braves coach Helen Akins.

Akins has turned the program around very quickly with state playoff appearances in each of her first two seasons.

The team will sorely miss its three graduating seniors next season, Madison Whitehead, Jordan Watson, and Kemaiya Brewer.

Coach Akins, however, will also return a lot of talented players including juniors Hannah Sanders, Kimberly Harris, Ally Harris and Alyssa Cosper along with sophomore starting point guard Sage Kelley.

Other team members likely to step into bigger roles next season include underclassmen Emily Iddins, Alexis Nelms, Haley Bennett, and Alexus Crawford.

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