The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs had a chance to avenge a tournament loss to Augusta Prep Day School while the Runnin Bucs opened their basketball season last Tuesday at Augusta Prep in Augusta.
The Runnin' Bucs, most of whom played football, had one week of practice prior to the opening game with Augusta Prep, according to Coach Clayton Parrish, who said the boys had a good week and are ready to begin.
The boys are returning four starters from last season in seniors Bob Wills, Josh Gardner, Chandler Harris, and T.J. Mimbs, all of whom will also start this season, Coach Parrish said. Junior Burt Goolsby, who also saw a lot of playing time last year, will round out the starting five. Junior Al Dudley and freshman Joseph Bartous will also see a lot of playing time, according to Coach Parrish.
While waiting for the boys to finish football, the girls have rolled up a 3 - 3 record.
The Lady Bucs won two of three games to tie for second in last weekend's Garden City Classic tournament in Augusta.
The Lady Bucs got off to a poor start in the tournament opener last Thursday at 7 p.m., falling to Augusta Prep 50 - 34 on Prep's home court.
"It was probaly the poorest we've played all year," Coach Parrish said. "Rebounding and offensive execution were not where they need to be, really sloppy ball handling, just a frustrating game.
"They hurt us pretty badly inside," he continued. "Their post player scored 23 points inside and blocked 12 shots. We just kept turning around and shooting the ball right at her. It made it pretty easy for her to block the shots."
However, on the plus side, "we played hard; we just didn't play effectively. It's just early in the year. We're trying to do some things differntly, and they're still learning," he said.
Junior Anne Wills led the scoring with 14 points.
The Lady Bucs came back strong on Friday to defeat Allelulia School of Augusta 59-22 in the second game of the tournament, which was held at Augusta Christian School in Augusta.
"We got into a rhythm early and outscored them 24-4 in the first quarter," Coach Parrish said. "We had worked on some of the problems from the Augusta Prep game earlier in the day, and we passed the ball really well and got high precentage shots."
Twelve Lady Bucs scored in the game, which " showed just how deep this team could be," Coach Parrish said.
Senior Lindsay Sherrer with 11 points and Wills with 10 points led the scoring.
The Lady Bucs continued to improve playing even better in their final game of the tournament, a 54-28 win over Westminster School of Augusta at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at Augusta Prep.
Playing without the service of their best defensive player, Sherrer and their leading scorers, Wills, both of whom were unable to be present, the Lady Bucs had nine players score.
"Miriam Thrift did a tremendous job at point guard," Coach Parrish said. "She did everything that I could have asked of her, especcially for playing a new position. She passed the ball well and was aggressive going to the basket. She went to the free throw line eight times and hit 5 of 8 shots.
"She's improved greatly, and I felt very comfortable having her on the floor, " he continued. " She 's very versatile. I can put her at any position on the floor, and she knows how to play it."
Senior Linda Nutial and Junior Ashley Pickard both contributed 10 points to the Lady Buc's effort, while Junior Mallory Jo Bradshaw added nine points.
The Briarwood basketball teams won't play again until Tuesday, Dec. 16, when they open their season at home with region foe Nathanael Green Academy of Siloam.
The games will begin with boys B team at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Lady Bucs at 6 p.m. and the Runnin' Bucs at 7:30 p.m.