The basketball teams of Briarwood Academy are making their final arrangements for an appearance in the Region 1-AA Basketball Tournament, which is scheduled for next week, February 8-11, at Gatewood Academy in Eatonton.
The Lady Bucs are continuing to roll toward a shot for the region championship with their superb 17-0 undefeated overall record and an 8-0 region mark. The Runnin' Bucs are still struggling at times, but are persistent with a 6-11 overall record and a 4-4 region standing.
"All of our girls are very focused on what lies before them," said Lady Buc Head Coach Clayton Parrish. "They have played with a high level of determination and concentration all year, and it has paid off."
The Lady Bucs won two games last week with no trouble at all. In both contests, the team busted the 70-point mark.
On Tuesday, January 25, Briarwood Academy hosted the Lady Eagles of Brentwood Academy in a big region game. Behind the 21-point performance of Ashley Pickard, the Lady Bucs demolished the Lady Eagles 75-43.
Pickard's 21 points was the highest effort thus far this season for the senior. She was followed by Mallory Jo Bradshaw with 15 points, Anne Wills with 13 points, Katie Reese with 10 points, Blythe Ansley with eight points, Beth Gerlach with five points and Cassie Pickrell with three points.
The Lady Bucs led 21-11 after one quarter of play and controlled a 46-25 lead at halftime. They outscored Brentwood 18-12 and 11-6 in the second half to post the win.
On Friday night, Jan. 28, Pickard surpassed her season-high effort with a 23-point performance to lead the Lady Bucs to a 74-28 win over the Greater Gwinnett Lady Barons.
Following Pickard's 23 points were Wills with 18 points, Ansley with six points, Reese and Bradshaw with five points each, Leslie Lynam, Pickrell and Macey Smith with four points each, Courtney Price and Alyssa Sutton with two points each, and Gerlach with one point.
In the boy's games, the Eagles of Brentwood defeated Briarwood 55-37 in a key region match-up on Jan. 25.
Dave Joesbury was the leading scorer for Briarwood with 12 points. He was followed by Joseph Batrous and Al Dudley with eight points each, Burt Goolsby and Seth Williford with four points each and Blake Stitcher with one point.
On Jan. 28, the mighty Barons of Greater Gwinnett used their height and speed to destroy the Buccaneers 85-33 in a non-region game. The Barons scored in double figures in all four periods to record the big victory.
Joesbury was the leading scorer for Briarwood with 10 points. He was followed by Goolsby and Batrous with six points each, Stitcher and Davis Griffin with four points each, Dudley with two points and Zack Henderson with one point.