October 28, 2020

Lady Braves take care of business against Bremen

(Manchester, GA) — Coach Helen Akins and the Lady Braves took care of business versus Bremen Thursday afternoon in the Region 5-AA semifinals to earn a chance to battle for the Region Championship tomorrow night.

The Lady Braves led wire to wire over the Blue Devils winning by a final margin of 47-33.

Senior Madison Whitehead had another outstanding effort leading all scorers with 15 points and playing strong defensively.

“Maddie had a great game for us today not just offensively but defensively. She is just a beast on defense,” said Coach Akins after the game. “It is just one of those things where she keeps coming at you and at you and at you.”

Senior Madison Whitehead led the Lady Braves with 15 points Thursday

Senior Madison Whitehead led the Lady Braves with 15 points Thursday

Akins was pleased with the effort of the team in the third straight win over a very physical Bremen squad.

“We were just clicking tonight and our girls followed the game plan,” Akins stated. “We rebounded the ball well and our defense was on point. On offense we got the shots that we wanted and were able to hit them.”

Other tops scorers for the Lady Braves were Hannah Sanders with eight, Kemaiya Brewer with six and Kimberly Harris with six. Brewer’s points came on two 3-point baskets. Sage Kelley also hit a shot from downtown. Ashlynn Hodges led Bremen with 11 points.

The Lady Braves can expect another very physical game in Saturday night’s Region Championship tilt with the Angels of Manchester. The Angels also took care of their own business Thursday night knocking off the Red Devilettes of Bowdon in the other semifinal clash.

The Lady Braves are excited to get another shot at the Angels who have defeated them seven times in a row with the last win coming in a regular season home win in 2013. One of the toughest losses of this season came on January 15 in Franklin when the Angels hit a shot at the buzzer to defeat the home team 38-36.

“If we can just maintain our composure in a very wild and physical game I think we will do well,” says Akins. “Our girls are very excited to get another chance at them. We played them last year in the title game but I think we have a better team this season and it is going to be a better match-up this time around.”

The Lady Braves will be looking to win the first region title since the 2011-2012 season, the same season that saw them reach the state quarterfinals before falling to Buford.

Manchester reached the quarterfinals last season where they fell to the Pelham Lady Hornets. The Region 5-AA title also carries significance in the state playoff seedings as the region champion would likely avoid a potential second round game versus Pelham, currently the No.2 team in the state according to the AJC.

Regardless of Saturday night’s outcome the Lady Braves will host a team from Region 8-AA on Tuesday night in Franklin in round one of state.

Barring any upsets, the Lady Braves would likely face off with Washington-Wilkes or Social Circle. The Region 8-AA tourney is being contested tonight and tomorrow night at Rabun County.


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