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Early Pierce surge keeps Brantley off balance

Special to SEGAZINE

An early burst by the Lady Bears kept the Brantley County High School Lady Herons off balance and unable to make up lost points in Last Tuesday’s game in Pierce County.

“We did not play well defensively as a team,” coach Dean Horne said.

The game started with a first quarter push by Pierce for an 18-7 lead.  While the Herons did close the gap slightly by the half at 28-21, the Bears increased their lead to 48-32 by the end of the third.  The Herons made up for lost time in the final portion of the game but still trailed 10 points 64-54 at the final buzzer.

Horne said that the team would get back in the gym and work on rotating and movement along with the ball to try to close the defensive gap presented at the game.

Mary Beth Gill led in scoring for the night with 19 points followed by Kristen Burchfield with 10 points.

Hunter Stallard wasn’t far behind with 9 points and Summer Lee with 6.  Kittie Carreker had 2 and Kiersten Morgan 1.

While the Pierce County game was a tough loss for the Lady Herons, a win against Islands High School served as a pick-me-up for the team when they took home a decent lead by the end of the game.

The Herons led early against the Sharks 14-5 in the first quarter and were double digits ahead by the half 31-15.  The Herons continued their lead 39-23 in the third before taking off for a 57-36 in the final score.

Horne spoke highly of the team for their strong team effort during the game.

“I’m very proud of how hard the ladies worked,” he said.

Lee led scoring with 20 points for the game and defensively with 11 steals.

Both Burchfield and Stallard had 12 points for the game.

Gill had 3 points and led in rebounds with 11 for the night.

Both Morgan and Ansley Jackson had 2 points each.

But Saturday’s game against the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets managed to take some wind out of the sails for the Herons who started out strong by tying 8-8 with the fifth ranked team in the first quarter but lost their hold on the team before the half where they trailed 21-11.  The girls never stopped putting points on the board in the third with 21 to the Yellow Jackets’ 29 but were unable to overcome the scoring deficit leading to a 47-36 loss.

Lee led scoring for the Herons with 17 points and also had 3 steals followed by Burchfield with 9 points 4 steals. Stallard put 5 points on during the game.  Ceejay Ham had 3 points followed by Carreker with 2.  Gill had 7 rebounds for the night’s game.

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