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The seventh grade Lady Braves finished their season on Feb. 13 against R.A. Jones Middle School. This was a huge game because earlier in the season, the Lady Braves were defeated by R.A. Jones by a score of 33-25. In that game, the Lady Braves had only three girls score.
“It was a difficult loss for us. We didn’t play well and they pretty much beat us up at everything. It was a game that showed us we needed to be tougher,” coach Michael Camacho said.
The Lady Braves were definitely ready for the rematch when the time came around.
“We were definitely inspired in our play,” Camacho said. “We wanted to come out and show them that we are a better team than what they saw earlier in the season.”
The Lady Braves did that by having six different players score in the rematch. The game was a tough one as neither team lead by more than five points the entire game.
With just under three minutes to go in the game, Hannah Kitchens got injured on a layup and was forced to leave the game.
“I really thought that would be a huge blow to us,” Camacho said. “She was our leading scorer (16 points) and was playing very well.”
The Lady Braves quickly relinquished the lead and found themselves trailing by three with just over a minute to go.
Alyssa Thomas made a drive to the basket and was fouled.
“She made two big free throws for us in the 4th quarter,” Camacho said.
After giving up a point to R.A. Jones, Macy Wright drove to the basket and was fouled. She tied the game making both of her free throws.
“She is a tough player that had an opportunity to show what she was made of and she came through,” Camacho said.
With under 15 seconds to play, R.A. Jones had the ball and a chance to win the game with the score tied 42-42. The Lady Braves quickly deflected a pass and the ball was loose. It was picked up by Macy Wright who quickly passed it to Katelyn Simons. Caylee Ruber was flying down the court all alone. Simons made the pass to Ruber and she made the game winning layup with six seconds left to play.
(Submitted by coach Michael Camacho)