Lady Cats win 2 of 3, even record at 4-4

Published 12:27 pm Friday, December 23, 2011

Coach Kelvin Cochran’s Bainbridge High School Lady Cats basketball team won two out of three games, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to even their season record at 4-4.

On Tuesday in Tifton, they posted a 53-49 regular-season victory over the Tift County High School Lady Blue Devils.

On Wednesday, they dropped a 64-45 decision to Tallahassee’s Florida A&M High School Lady Rattlers in the opening round of the Chiles High School Lady Timberwolves Invitational Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.

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In the tournament’s second round Thursday afternoon, they defeated Tallahassee’s Godby High Lady Cougars, 64-45.

Cochran said he liked his team’s scoring balance against the Lady Blue Devils and the Lady Cougars.

“We had three players who scored in double figures against Tift County and that is always good,” Cochran said. “Ri’Chana Jackson was our leading scorer with 15 points. She was followed by Briana Wade with 14 and Takia Crankfield with 12.”

Alex Carter just missed double figures for the Lady Cats, with a seven-point effort.

“I thought we played good defense the entire game,” Cochran said. “Anytime you hold an opponent like Tift County under 50 points, you have got to feel good about your defense.

“Tift County has an excellent team so we knew we would  have to play well on both ends of the floor to have a chance to win.”

In their opening tournament loss to Florida A&M High School, the Lady Cats were led by Ri’Chana Jackson with 22 points.

Lady Cats point guard Briana Wade had to leave the game early, when she and a Lady Rattlers player bumped knees hard.

“Briana Wade is our main ball handler and we depend on her to get the ball up the court and set everything up,” Cochran said. “Her knee was still sore Thursday, but to her credit she came back, played well, and contributed to our victory over Godby.”

The Lady Cats will return to action next Wednesday, Dec. 28, through Friday, Dec. 30. They will play in the annual Thomaville High School Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs Holiday Hoopfest.

The Lady Cats will open tournament play at the Thomasville High School Gymnasium with a 7 p.m. Wednesday game against the Mitchell County High School Lady Eagles. A victory would send them into a 7 p.m. Thursday game against the host Thomasville High School Lady Bulldogs.