The last two basketball games of the regular season for Bryan County took place this past weekend, Feb. 8-9.
The nearby Claxton Tigers hosted the Redskins in their Tiger den on Friday night, where the Claxton boys came from behind to defeat the Redskins 54-46.
Coach Keith Bazemore summed up his team’s loss with these words, "We did basically everything I wanted us to do. We changed the tempo of the game and kept it at a good pace for us. We were patient and worked the ball around their 2-3 zone very well. We only committed 4 fouls the first half, but the second half we had around 16 fouls and Claxton took advantage and made their free throws. It’s hard to beat a team when they are just standing at the free throw line scoring points."
The hard work and persistency finally paid off for the Bryan County Lady Skins as they picked up their first win of the season with a 32-29 victory over the Lady Tigers. The key to the win, according to Coach Mario Mincey was, "Samantha Howard stepping up to play the point guard position and directing the team. She did a great job of setting us up in our offense. She didn’t score any points, but had 14 assists and that was big. The next thing was Alexis Buster with eight rebounds and eight points, then Ashleigh Simmons contributing a strong 14 points along with 6 rebounds. The play of these sophomores was the key."
The stands were packed Saturday night at the Bryan County gym as fans, friends, and family settled in for Senior Night and to watch the Redskins tangle with yet another set of Tigers, this time from Metter.
The Lady Skins and the Lady Tigers started the evening off with a close contest, which continued through most of the game.
Hoping to ride the momentum from Friday night’s victory, the Lady Skins stayed within striking distance into the fourth quarter, but could only cut an eight-point deficit down to six, due to several missed shots. Metter patiently worked the clock in the closing four minutes as they conservatively ran their offense and held on to get a 47-41 victory.
"They started pressing us a little bit and our guard play was not as good as it was last night," Coach Mincey said. "We missed free throws and my freshmen didn’t step up and play as well as they had been."
Leading the Lady Skins in scoring on the night was Howard, with 10 points, followed closely by Simmons with nine points.
Coach Bazemore had his Redskin squad slowing their offensive pace down once again and came out with a rarely used, 3-2 defensive set-up. This combination seemed to work in Bryan County’s favor as they held Metter in check most of the first quarter and was only down by one point at halftime.
The ‘achilles heel’ for Bryan County turned out to be poor free throw shooting as basket after basket stayed out, allowing Metter to hang around and take what was being given to them. Metter’s bread and butter most of the contest turned out to be their bull’s-eye, 3-point shooting as they continued to hit from 3-point range as needed. The Tigers turned a 3-point lead early in the fourth quarter into a nine point, 53-44 victory.
Willie Deloach poured in a game high 17 points for Bryan County as Senior center, Justin Bostick, battled underneath for 13 hard earned points of his own.
Next up will be the Region Tournament, with schedule and times TBA.