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Briarwood basketball teams move to postseason play this week

Old records are meant to be broken, and new records and milestones are meant to be set.

Last week, two new basketball records were set at Briarwood Academy as the varsity teams concluded their regular season schedule.

In the girls' action, Coach Clayton Parrish's Lady Buccaneers finished the regular season with an unblemished 21-0 overall mark and a 12-0 region standing. This was the first time in school history that a basketball team had finished the regular season with an undefeated record.

In boys' action, Runnin' Buc Joseph Batrous connected with nine 3-point shots on Feb. 1 against Gatewood Academy to set a school record for boys' basketball. This milestone also tied the school record which is held by former Lady Buc Laine Bradshaw.

"All of our girls have been so focused all year, and this is a reason for our tremendous success," said Coach Parrish. "Our players are working just as hard in practice now as they did at the beginning of the season."

He added, "It has been a real pleasure to work with each and every one of these players, as they strive for higher accomplishments."

The Lady Bucs finished their regular season schedule last week with four big wins to push their win streak to 21 games. Now, the team is involved in the Region 1-AA Basketball Tournament on the campus of Gatewood Academy in Eatonton.

Briarwood Academy enters the girl's bracket of the tournament as the No. 1 seed, followed by Brentwood Academy, Gatewood, Edmund Burke, Curtis Baptist, Piedmont and Monroe. The Lady Bucs' first game of the tournament is today at 4 p.m. against the winner of the EBA and Curtis matchup. The girls' championship game will be played at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11.

On Feb. 1, the Lady Bucs traveled to Eatonton and defeated the Lady Gators of Gatewood Academy 61-40 to increase their overall record to 18-0.

Anne Wills was the leading scorer for Briarwood with 18 points. She was followed by Ashley Pickard with 14 points, Katie Reese and Mallory Jo Bradshaw with nine points each, Cassie Pickrell and Alyssa Sutton with four points each, Leslie Lynam with two points and Beth Gerlach with one point.

The Lady Bucs soundly whipped the Monroe Academy Lady Mustangs 62-21 on Feb. 3 in a make-up game at Briarwood due to the recent ice storm a couple of weekends ago. A host of the younger players on the Briarwood bench were able to see action in this game.

Wills led all the Briarwood scorers with 19 points. She was followed by Pickard with 10 points, Courtney Price with seven points, and Reese and Blythe Ansley with six points each.

Wills scored 15 points for Briarwood on Feb. 4 to lead the team to a 52-36 win over the Piedmont Academy Lady Cougars. Following her were Pickard with 12 points, Reese, Ansley and Bradshaw with six points each, Gerlach with five points and Sutton with two points.

In the regular season finale for the Lady Bucs on Saturday night, Feb. 5, Briarwood Academy defeated the Lady Spartans of Edmund Burke 54-32 for the record-setting 21st victory of the year.

Wills was the leading scorer for Briarwood with a 22-point performance. She was followed by Pickard with 11 points, Sutton with eight points, Reese with seven points, and Ansley, Pickrell and Ivey Thrift with two points each.

Meanwhile, Coach Greg Keck's Runnin' Bucs entered this week's region tournament as the third-seeded team with a 9-12 overall mark and a 7-5 region record. The squad won three of its last four regular-season games to grab the third-seed position.

The Brentwood Eagles are the No. 1 seed, with Curtis Baptist being the No. 2 seed. Briarwood's first game of the region tournament was played on Wednesday night, Feb. 9 against Monroe Academy.

"We are real excited about playing in the region tournament," Keck said. "We ended up where we wanted to be and expected to be. I figured we would either be the No. 2 or the No. 3 seed."

He added, "To be successful in this week's tournament, we must work together as a team and play with the fewest mistakes that we can."

On Feb. 1, the Bucs squeezed by the Gators of Gatewood Academy by a 68-61 margin. Joseph Batrous was the leading scorer in this game for Briarwood with 35 points.

As a part of his 35-point total, Batrous set a record for the boys' basketball program at Briarwood with nine 3-point shots. He now joins former Lady Buccaneer and Oglethorpe University player Laine Bradshaw as the school's co-owners of this record. Bradshaw set the girls' record with nine in this category a few years ago.

The Buccaneers defeated the Monroe Mustangs 61-43 on Feb. 3 for their eighth victory of the year. Four players scored in double figures to lead Briarwood to the win.

Batrous, Burt Goolsby and Davis Griffin scored 12 points each to lead Briarwood. Seth Williford added 10 points, while Al Dudley and Dave Joesbury scored nine and six points respectively.

Briarwood defeated Piedmont 72-56 on Feb. 4 in another key region win. Batrous led all Buccaneer scorers with 18 points. He was followed by Griffin with 14, Goolsby with 12 and Williford with 11.

In the final game of the regular season, the Spartans of Edmund Burke slid past Briarwood 50-46 on Feb. 5. Batrous was the leading scorer for the Bucs with 15 points. Following him were Griffin with 11, Dudley with 10, Goolsby with five, Blake Stitcher with two and Joesbury with one.



Web posted on Thursday, February 10, 2005











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