The Briarwood Academy Runnin' Bucs and Lady Bucs begin their final week of regular season play next week with their seedings in GISA Region 1AA depending on the outcomes of the season's last games.
The Lady Bucs went into Tuesday night's pivotal game against Bretnwood with a 7-1 record and in second place in region play.
"It's a real big game," Coach Clayton Parrish said prior to the matchup. "We'll be tied for first if we beat Brentwood."
See next week's Mirror for results of the game.
The Lady Bucs chalked up three region wins in play last week with victories over Curtis Baptist School in Augusta, Gatewood School in Eatonton, and Monroe Academy in Forsyth. The Bucs defeated Curtis Baptist and Monroe, but couldn't get over illness and injury to defeat Gatewood.
The Lady Bucs didn't play their best, but came out on top of Curtis 42-31 last Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Augusta.
"We missed a lot of real easy inside shots, and it kept it closer than we wanted it to be," Coach Parrish said.
Sophomore Whitney Carani was having the best game of her career, both offensively and defensively. Sophomore Carani led the Lady Bucs with 19 points.
The situation was reversed against Gatewood on Friday, Feb. 20, in Eatonton, with the Lady Bucs playing their best in a 60-53 win over the Lady Gators.
Four Lady Bucs scored in double figures. Seniors Beth Gerlach and Katie Reese, along with sophomore Cassie Pickrell, contributed 14 points each to the win. Carani added 12 points.
"It was a big win on the road," Coach Parrish said.
The Lady Bucs added their third win of the week, 56-44, on Saturday, January 21, over Monroe Academy in Forsyth.
"I was real happy with the way the starting five played," Coach Parrish said.
The Runnin' Bucs ended last Tuesday's contest with Curtis Baptist with a 45-35 win.
"It wasn't a very pretty game, but we had at least one more point them when the buzzer sounded," Coach Tiller said.
Junior Joseph Batrous led the Bucs with 15 points followed by junior Seth Williford with 10 points.
The Bucs ended the game against Gatewood last Friday night in Eatonton with more to worry about than the 37-48 loss.
Despite sophomore Dave Joesbury, one of the team's leading scorers and tallest player, playing sick, the Bucs jumped off to a good start and were up by three points, 24-21, at the half.
The Bucs, playing without an injured Blake Stitcher, came back on Saturday for a decisive 56-33 win over Monroe.
Batrous scored 24 points for the Bucs, followed by sophomore Hughlon Mays, who came off the bench to add 10 points.
At 6-2 in region play and in third place in the region, the Runnin' Bucs have an opportunity to improve their standings this final week as they not only play Gatewood School and Piedmont Academy, the two teams tied for first in the region, they play them at Briarwood on Tuesday (Jan. 31) and Friday (Feb. 4) of next week.
The Briarwood teams will finish the regular season with all region games next week. Gatewood School will be at Briarwood next Tuesday, Jan. 31. The "B" Lady Bucs will play at 3:45 p.m., followed by the "B" Bucs. The Lady Bucs will play at 6 p.m., followed by the Bucs.
Piedmond Academy will be at Briarwood on Friday, February 3. The "C" (junior varsity) teams will begin play at 3:30 p.m. The Lady Bucs will play at 6 p.m., followed by the Runnin' Bucs.
The teams will travel to Edmund Burke Academy in Waynesboro on Saturday, February 4, for the final games of the regular season. The "B" Lady Bucs will play at 2 p.m., followed by the Lady Bucs at 3:30 p.m. and the Bucs at 5 p.m.