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Briarwood gets on winning track against Thomas Jefferson

The Briarwood Academy basketball teams started the regular season on a winning note last Tuesday at Briarwood with twin victories over the Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars of Louisville.

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Dave Joesbury fights to get two points.

Both teams doubled the score of their opponents before substituting with the Lady Bucs winning 36-19 and the Bucs winning 60-45.

The Lady Bucs B-team came through with a strong third quarter to take a 27-22 victory, but the Bucs B-team had to take a 26-17 loss when their game was called because of time.

"The first quarter was the key. We came out and played very, very aggressively," Coach Clayton Parrish said of the Lady Bucs, who claimed a 16-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Defense was another key, according to Coach Parrish, who said the team spent most of its time the previous week focusing on defense.

"The thing I was most proud of," he continued, "was not only the fact that we created a lot of turnovers in the first quarter, but that we got some good shots from the turnovers."

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Beth Gerlach takes a shot.

The Lady Bucs, who lost all of last year's starters to graduation, are beginning to play as a team under leadership of seniors Katie Reese and Beth Gerlach, according to Parrish, who adds that the team has "really improved from the beginning of the year until now.

"Getting some games under our belts has helped a lot," Coach Parrish said. "We're playing with a lot more composure. We're definitely headed in the right direction. We're getting better and better every day."

Reese led the Lady Bucs with 14 points.

The Bucs are making the transition into playing as a team, also, according to Coach Christian Tiller, whose Runnin' Bucs pulled ahead 37-18 before he emptied the bench to give the younger Bucs some playing time.

"We played alright," he said. "I'd like to see us a little more crisp and a little more clean with our fundamentals, but we're working on that every day. It's still early."

Sophomore Dave Joesbury "played really well inside and outside" to lead the Bucs with 19 points. Junior Joseph Batrous contributed 16 points to the win, followed by sophomore Hughlon Mays who came off the bench to score 12 points for the Bucs.



Web posted on Thursday, December 15, 2005











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