May 16, 2021

Lady Braves win again, boys drop close battle with Cavs

(Franklin, GA) — The Lady Braves stayed red hot Friday night with another Region 5-AA win at home over visiting rival Callaway.

The Lady Braves steadily built a lead throughout the night leading by five after the first quarter, eight at the half, and 12 after three quarters in route to the 47-34 win.

Lady Brave freshman Jasmine Owens (Photo: Shaqueri Talmadge)

The win was the fifth straight for Coach Helen Akins and company as they continue towards the region tournament in a couple of weeks.

After a 1-6 start versus some very tough opponents to open the season, the squad has improved tremendously while going 9-2 since that rough opening stretch.

One of the biggest keys to the success of late has been the steady play from freshman Jasmine Owens who led the team in scoring Friday night with 16 points. She along with senior Morgan Kay were also big on the boards with each having six rebounds on the night.

Kay and Zekylah Boyd each scored 10 points while Sophia Long had another strong effort scoring nine points and leading the way for her teammates with seven assists.

Senior Tori Caldwell was again unavailable due to a foot injury but hopes to be back soon as the region slate continues next week.

Barring any unusual upsets in the last two weeks of the regular season, next Friday’s road game at Lamar County will likely determine the top seed for the region tourney.

The Lady Braves (10-8, 7-1) will first host Jordan this Tuesday night in Franklin.

In Friday night’s second varsity game, the Braves fell for the second times this season 69-58 to the a talented Cavs squad — but the story of the game was much different than it was in the 43-point blowout loss to the same team in Lagrange before Christmas.

The Braves battled hard for all four quarters in front of a frenzied home crowd at HCHS this time around.

The Braves trailed by just six points at the half and had the gap closed to just five a one point in the final quarter.

Junior Ayden Cannon and sophomore Ike O’Neal led the attack for the Braves with 18 points apiece while newcomer D.J. Herring scored eight and Khalil Cofield had seven.

The Braves (5-15, 3-5) will travel to Villa Rica this afternoon for a 4:30 PM non-region contest before returning to region play at home Tuesday versus Jordan.

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