SNELLVILLE, Ga. — The Bradley Central Bearettes were able to post a “signature victory” over the weekend at the Atlanta Girls Night Out/Kay Yow Showcase.
Battling Northwood Academy, ranked fifth by MaxPreps among all South Carolina teams, the Bearettes were able to rally late for a 59-57 victory.
Bradley, which had just defeated cross-county rival Walker Valley in an emotionally charged contest for the District 5-AAA lead the night before, made up a four-point deficit at the beginning of the final period to hand the Lady Chargers just their fourth defeat in 20 games this season.
Now 16-5 on the season, the Bearettes will return to 5-AAA action this evening as McMinn County comes to Jim Smiddy Arena.
Bradley leads the district with a 6-1 mark, while the Lady Cherokees are tied with Walker Valley for second at 5-2.
Between tonight’s varsity games, the Bearette Hall of Fame will induct former standouts Jody Adams and Sandra (Dixon) Shourd as new members of the storied program’s elite group.
Northwood opened Saturday’s contest at Brookwood High School in the Atlanta suburb of Snellville by jumping out to an 18-12 advantage by the end of the first period.
Bradley battled back to claim 27-26 led at the intermission, but then fell behind the private Christian school out of the South Carolina historic coastal city of Charleston by a 45-39 margin heading into the final frame.
The Bearettes were able to outscore the Lady Chargers in the final eight minutes to claim the exciting two-point victory.
Bradley had four players score in double figures, including McDonald’s All-American nominee Brooke Copeland. The University of Florida nominee netted 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.
Middle Tennessee State signee Rebecca Reuter posted a double-double with 14 points, a dozen caroms, five assists and a trio of blocks.
Freshmen Halle Hughes helped out with 11 points, while classmate Emma Kate Brown netted a pair of 3-pointers on her way to 10 markers, plus she dished out five helps.
Junior point guard Chelsie Summars added five points and handed out four assists in the victory.
Waker Forest signee Amber Campbell paced Northwood with a game-high 25 points, including a trio of treys, while Eden Crowell drained four long-range bombs on her way to 14 points.
The Girls Night Out Showcase is a part of the WBCA's "Think Pink" initiative. High school varsity teams from across the Southeast square off in order to raise money for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Yow was the head coach of the North Carolina State Wolfpack women's basketball team from 1975 to 2009. A member of the Naismith Hall of Fame, she had more than 700 career wins.
She also coached the U.S. women's basketball team to an Olympic gold medal in 1988, despite having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987.
Yow passed away just a few weeks after taking a leave of absence from coaching in January of 2009.
Bradley Central 12 15 13 19 — 59
Northwood Academy 18 8 18 13 — 57
BEARETTES (59) — Brooke Copeland 17, Rebecca Reuter 14, Halle Hughes 11, Emma Kate Brown 10, Summars 5, Stallings 2, K. Brown, McRee.
LADY CHARGERS (57) — Amber Campbell 25, Eden Crowell 14, Martin 8, K. Crowell 6, Davis 2, Heath 2, Sumter, Andrews, Kappel.
3-POINTERS: Bradley 4 (EK Brown 2, Hughes, Summars); Northwood 7 (Crowell 4, Campbell 3).
RECORDS: Bradley 16-5; Northwood 16-4.