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Briarwood getting ready for post-season play

The Briarwood basketball teams played only one game last week, and it was one they'd like to forget as both squads fell to GISA Region 1AA rival Brentwood School Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Briarwood.

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Beth Gerlach drives against Brentwood last week.

With the Lady Bucs in second place in the region standings with a 7-2 record and the Bucs in third place in the region with a 6-3 record, the two Briarwood teams have a chance to solidify their standings as they play their final three regular season games.

Briarwood was scheduled to play host to a rematch with Gatewood School on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The Lady Bucs defeated the Lady Gators in their first meeting while the Bucs fell to the Gators.

The teams will play host to a rematch with Piedmont Academy on Friday, Feb. 3. The Lady Bucs took a slim two-point win, 56-54, in the two teams' first meeting while the Bucs fell 44-56. The Lady Bucs begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Bucs at about 7:30 p.m.

The teams will finish the regular season on Saturday with a trip to Waynesboro to face Emund Burke Academy. In their first meeting, the Bucs took a sound 75-31 win over the Spartans while the Lady Bucs took another close win, 48-44, over the Lady Spartans.

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Joeseph Batrous chases a loose ball.

The Lady Bucs will play at 2 p.m., followed by the Bucs at 3:30 p.m.

"We just missed too many easy shots to win the ball game," said Coach Clayton Parrish of the Lady Bucs 33-44 Tuesday loss to Brentwood. "We didn't play up to our potential."

It was the second quarter that proved to be the Lady Bucs downfall as they were outscored 4-18 and went into the locker room down 13 points at the half.

The girls came on strong in the third quarter, cutting the Lady Eagles' lead to three points before two crucial three-pointers took the momentum away from the Lady Bucs.

Senior Katie Reese led the Lady Bucs with 14 points, followed by sophomore Cassie Pickrell with 10 points.

"We have a week off, which is good," Coach Parrish said. "We've got three tough ball games left. We've got to get refocused and finish strong."

Despite keeping the score close, the Bucs couldn't overcome Brentwood's fourth quarter free throw shooting in their 60-51 loss.

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Seth Williford makes a layup.

The Bucs cut Brentwood's lead to five points in the fourth before being forced to foul in an attempt to get the ball. The tactic failed as the Eagles hit 11-of-11 free throws to extend their lead and seal the win.

"We put forth a good effort, but I was disappointed in the outcome of the game," Coach Christian Tiller said. "We just weren't ready for the kind of intensity they brought."

Junior Joseph Batrous led the Bucs with 16 points, followed by junior Seth Williford with 11 points and sophomore Dave Joesbury with 10 points.



Web posted on Thursday, February 2, 2006













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