Bradley sweeps district openers

By JOE CANNON
Posted 12/4/18

ATHENS — Getting its first taste of District 5-AAA play, Bradley Central swept a pair victories over its oldest rival on the hardwood Tuesday evening.The Bearettes got perfect shooting efforts from …

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ATHENS — Getting its first taste of District 5-AAA play, Bradley Central swept a pair victories over its oldest rival on the hardwood Tuesday evening.

The Bearettes got perfect shooting efforts from a pair of players in a 53-39 tally for its 28th straight victory in 243 meetings with McMinn County, running their current district winning streak to 50 games.

Meanwhile, the Bears now hold a 195-45 overall edge on the Cherokees, dating back to 1921, after a 68-52 outcome in Athens.

Both Bradley squads will now prepare for the East-West Classic at East Hamilton Friday and Jim Smiddy Arena Saturday.

The Bearettes (7-1) will take on a pair of Memphis area teams in Southwind (4-3) at 5 Friday evening and Arlington (8-1) Saturday at 6:30.

The Bears (3-1) will tangle with Rhea County (1-5) Friday at 6:30 before hosting Oak Ridge (6-1) Saturday at 8 p.m. Bradley will return to district play Tuesday in Ooltewah.

Bouncing back from their first regular season loss in 73 games, the Bearettes netted the first eight points Tuesday night.

Senior Anna Roberts got the show started with with her toe on the arc for a two-pointer from the top of the key for the first of her 7-for-7 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, plus a couple of free throws for a career-high 18 points. 

The 5-foot-8 guard was on target for a dozen points in the second period as the visitors built a 34-12 advantage by the intermission.

Roberts also cleared a half dozen rebounds and copped a couple of steals in just over 21 minutes of play on the night.

The teams were within a bucket (11-9) of each other in the third frame before the hosts were able to trim the difference with an 18-8 run in the final eight-minute span.

After their worst (25.5 percent) shooting effort  of the season in Saturday's loss to Georgia state champion Westlake, Bradley bounced back to hit 46.2 percent (18-of-39) last night, including going 6-for-16 from distance, plus went 11-of-12 at the charity stripe.

Along with Roberts' perfection, junior post Alexis Barnes hit all three of her field goal tries and added a pair of freebies for eight points.

Samford commitment Anna Walker helped out with eight markers and nine caroms, plus dished off four helps and swiped a trio of thefts.

Senior Kaleigh Hughes dropped in a half dozen points and cleaned the glass for seven ricochets, while handing out a pair of "dimes." Classmate Hannah Lobard also dropped in six points, snatched a trio of boards and gave out a couple of helps.

Kaitlynn Hennessee led the way for McMinn (5-4, 1-1) with 13 points, including 9-of-12 at the foul line, plus she grabbed nine rebounds, five steals and a pair of assists.

BEARS 68

CHEROKEES 52

Bradley came out with the hot hand, making 5-of-6 shots from the field on its way to a 17-9 edge at the first horn.

The second eight-minute span saw the teams explode for a combined 46 points as the Bears upped its advantage to 41-31 at the intermission.

Scoring the final nine points of the third frame, Bradley began to pull away and when sophomore Tray Curry slammed home his third dunk of the evening with three minutes remaining, the difference was at its 20-point peak.

Hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field, including a pair of long-range bombs, Curry led the victory with 15 points, plus had a pair of steals and two blocks.

Junior transfer Antonnio Whaley had his best game as a Bear, netting 10 points, including 8-of-12 free throws, plus he swiped five thefts.

Freshman Quante Berry continued to impress with nine points, seven rebounds, four steals,  three assists and a block.

Juniors Saylor Clark and Ashton Boyd both hit a couple from downtown as they each netted eight markers.

Sophomore Mason Rothwell cleaned the glass for 10 caroms, while dropping in four points. Junior Ricky McCleary added seven points to the winning total, hitting all four of his charity tosses and a 3-ball.

As a team, Bradley sank better than 57 percent (16-for-28) from inside the arc, plus were 5-of-15 beyond it.

Jacob Ellis and Jyren Hammonds both drilled a couple of 3-pointers on their way to 14 and 10 points for the Tribe.

McMinn (5-4, 1-1) connected on 13-of-33 two-pointers (39 percent) and went 4-for-14 (29 percent) from distance.

With 47 fouls whistled, Bradley was 23-of-37 from the stripe, while the Cherokees were 14-for-17.

Both teams cleared 27 rebounds, while the Bears turned the ball over 22 times, compared to 19 for the hosts.


Game Summaries

Girls Game

Bradley Central1618118 — 53

McMinn County84918 — 39

BEARETTES (53) — Anna Roberts 18, Anna Walker 8, Alexis Barnes 8, Lombard 6, Hughes 6, Blair 4, Mayo 3, Reuter, Carman, Hullender, Falcon.

LADY CHEROKEES (39) — Kaitlynn Hennessee 13, Hannah Burns 7, Green 6, Baxter 6, Dankworth 5, Manney 2, Schiestel. 

3-POINTERS: BC 6 (Roberts 2, Walker 2, Mayo, Hughes); MC 1 (Green).

FREE THROWS: BC 11-of-12; MC 18-of-27.

RECORDS: Bradley Central 7-1, 1-0 District 5-AAA; McMinn County 5-4, 1-1 District 5-AAA.


Boys Game

Bradley Central17241413 — 68

McMinn County922813 — 52

BEARS (68) — Tray Curry 15, Antonnio Whaley 10, Quante Berry 9, Ashton Boyd 8, Saylor Clark 8, Ricky McCleary 7, Ferguson 5, Rothwell 4, Wesley 2, Greene, Davis, Smith.

CHEROKEES (52) — Jacob Ellis 14, Jyron Hammonds 10, Sharp 6, Peel 6, Wooden 4, Wilson 4, Peterson 3, Hunt 2, Brown 2, Daniel 1, Runyan, James, McClure, Torbett. 

3-POINTERS: BC 5 (Curry 2, Boyd 2, McCleary); MC 4 (Hammonds 2, Ellis 2).

FREE THROWS: BC 23-of-37; MC 14-of-17.

RECORDS: Bradley Central 3-1, 1-0 District 5-AAA; McMinn County 5-4, 1-1 District 5-AAA.

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