December 7, 2021

Lady Braves clipped by Cavs after late rally

(Lagrange, GA) — Both varsity basketball games came down to the wire in Lagrange Friday night but in the end it was the home standing rival Callaway Cavaliers that would get two-point wins.

In girls’ action, the Lady Braves put up a strong fight against an athletic Lady Cav squad before falling in the closing moments by a score of 47-45.

Junior Tori Caldwell takes it to the hoop for the Lady Braves (Photo: Jeff Napier)

The feisty Lady Braves (8-10, 2-6) trailed by nine points midway through the fourth quarter before a late surge and a 9-0 run knotted the score at 45-45 on a Sophia Long birthday basket with only 31 seconds to go in the game.

A 3-point basket from Morgan Kay and another bucket by Lynsey Glover were also key to the late run but the Lady Cavaliers (9-8, 6-2) were able to take lead for good on a short go-ahead jumper from Kierra Jackson with just over three seconds to go in the game.

The Lady Braves fought hard for the second straight game without senior leader Haley Bennett who was ejected following an altercation in the Temple game least weekend.

Coach Helen Akins continued to be pleased with the fight shown by her small but scrappy lineup.

“I am so proud of our kids they just play so hard and never stop believing they have a chance — and you can’t ask for more than that,” said Akins after the close loss in Region 5-AA affair. “We were down big and came back to tie so just a play here or a play there was all the difference.”

Akins was also pleased with Bennett’s leadership during practice despite being out of the lineup and thinks her team will still have a fighting chance at the Region 5-AA tournament which will ultimately determine who advances to the state playoffs.

“I am super proud of how they stepped up with Haley being out. She has been such a good leader at practice and we are going to be back on all cylinders next week. I think we’ve got a good chance at the region tournament no matter who we play and we are just going to keep plugging away.

Scoring leaders in the loss were Tori Caldwell with 12, Sophia Long with 10, Hermonie Garza with eight and Lynsey Glover scored six points.

The Lady Braves are currently the fifth seed with four region games remaining in the regular season.

This week the squad travels to Columbus to face Jordan on Tuesday night (6:00 PM) and hits the road again on Friday to battle top-seeded Lamar County (6:00 PM).

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