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Lady Braves remain undefeated

MONTGOMERY-Despite a season high 29 turnovers, Lady Braves of Warrior Academy found another way to remain undefeated Wednesday afternoon as they dominate the Lady Chiefs of Lakeside Academy 57-35 in the Class 1A AISA Final Four.

The Lady Braves felt the Final Four pressure early committing 9 turnovers in the first period, but hit 5-of-6 from the floor to get the early 13-9 lead.

“I don’t know what happened to us in the first period,” Warrior head coach Robert Jarvis said. “I guess we were a little too nervous or something. But once we got it out of our system we started playing basketball.”

Up till this point in the season the Lady Braves had been averaging only 10 turnovers a game, but buy the end of the first half of play the Lady Braves had collected 13 turnovers. To add insult to injury, the Lady Braves then went on to collect a record high 16 turnovers in the second period.

Once the Lady Braves calmed down the turnovers did return to normal levels and the shots started dropping. The Lady Braves went on an 11-3 run in the second period that seemed to be the defining moment in the game.

“It was a great team effort.” Jarvis said. “We got by playing as a team and that’s the way we are going to leave here tomorrow night.”

Leading the way for the Lady Braves was forward Ashton Lee with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Lee was followed by guard Brenna Lashley with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Braves were 14-of-24 (58 percent) from the line and 21-of-42 (50 percent) from the field.

With the win the Lady Braves advance to play in the final round of the AISA playoffs Thursday night for the Class 1A State Championship against the Lady Tigers of MMI.

This match-up will be the fourth meeting between the two teams this season. The Lady Braves have beaten the Lady Tigers in all three previous meetings, but coach Jarvis knows that this time will be the most difficult.

“It’s hard to beat a team like MMI three times much less four times in one season,” Jarvis said. “But this one is for the championship and I know we haven’t come all this way to lose.”