The Briarwood Lady Bucs' Monday night win over GISA Region 1AA opponent Monroe Academy in Forsyth put the Lady Bucs at .500 in region play and overall, but the Bucs continue to struggle as they won only one of their three games in basketball action last week.
The Lady Bucs are currently fifth place in the region standings with the Gatewood Lady Gators, who are undefeated in region in first place, followed by Brentwood School in second place, Piedmont Academy in the third place and Windsor Academy in fourth place.
The region standings will become much clearer at the end of this week as the Briarwood teams were scheduled to face Piedmont Academy for the second time last Tuesday at Briarwood and will face Windsor Academy for the second time this Friday at Briarwood. Briarwood will host undefeated Gatewood this Saturday.
The following week will be the final week of regular season basketball with the Region 1AA tournament being held Feb. 12-15 at Monroe Academy in Forsyth.
The Bucs, who have only one region win, still have a shot at the playoffs, according to Coach Christian Tiller, who points out that any team can win the region tournament.
The top four teams in the region tournament will advance to the semi-finals in GISA AA state playoffs.
The Lady Bucs substituted freely in their 63-52 win over Monroe Monday in Forsyth.
"We just went in and took care of business," Coach Clayton Parrish said. "I was really happy with our rebounding, and the way we finished the game. In the last few minutes, we did a real good job of running the clock out and only shooting high percentage shots."
The Bucs didn't fare as well against Monroe, falling 40-58.
Senior Dave Joesbury led the Bucs with 12 points, followed by senior Hughlon Mays with 11 points, and junior Price Chalker with nine points. Mays was five-for-five from the free throw line.
The Lady Bucs recorded their second region win last week with a 47-32 win over Young Americans Christian Academy Friday in Conyers.
Coach Parrish attributed the Lady Bucs' success in the second quarter mainly to the defensive efforts of the girls, who executed the press well. Offensively, Carani hit two three-pointers in the second.
Meanwhile, Joesbury scored 21 points in the Bucs' 50-34 win over Young Christians Academy last Friday in Conyers.
In other action, both Briarwood teams lost to Brentwood School last week. The Lady Bucs' lost 37-47, while the Bucs lost 53-41.
Mays led the Bucs with 17 points, followed by Joesbury with eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks; Price Chalker with nine points; and Trey Stadler with seven points and 15 rebounds.