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Briarwood girls go undefeated, boys back on track

Coach Clayton Parrish's Lady Bucs captured three more wins in a five-day span to remain undefeated in six games this season.

Coach Greg Keck's Runnin Bucs grabbed one win in three games, as they improved their overall record to 2-4 with a big victory over Thomas Jefferson Academy last Saturday night.

"Our girls and boys are playing extremely hard right now, with everyone giving their best on the court," said Coach Parrish. "I am really pleased with the way the entire Lady Buc team is playing aggressive and determined."

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the teams of Briarwood Academy traveled to Augusta and took on a tough squad from Westminster Schools.

The Lady Bucs scored in double figures in three of the four quarters to post an easy 58-27 win over the ladies of Westminster. This win improved Briarwood's record to 4-0.

The Lady Bucs controlled a 10-7 lead after one period of play, and a 30-8 advantage at halftime. Briarwood outscored Westminster 19-7 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Briarwood senior Anne Wills led all the Lady Buc scorers with 14 points. She was followed by Mallory Jo Bradshaw and Beth Gerlach with eight points each, Katie Reese, Blythe Ansley and Alyssa Sutton with six points each, Ashley Pickard and Courtney Price with four points each and Cassie Pickrell with two points.

In the free throw department, Wills went four for four, Ansley two for two and Pickard two for two.

The Westminster boys scored in double figures in all four quarters to defeat the Buccaneers 68-32 in somewhat of a route.

Briarwood trailed 21-11 after one quarter of play and 36-19 at the intermission. Westminister outscored the Bucs 12-11 and 20-2 respectively in the second half to post the 36-point win.

Burt Goolsby was the leading scorer for Briarwood with seven points. He was followed by Dave Joesbury and Joseph Batrous with six points each, Zach Henderson with three points and Al Dudley, Seth Williford and Kelsey Jones with two points each.

The fireworks really came Friday night, Dec. 10, as the Lady Bucs entertained the Lady Cavaliers of Augusta Prep. The Lady Bucs and Lady Cavaliers ended regulation play all tied up at 39 after Briarwood's Wills netted two free throws with 13 seconds left in the fourth period. In overtime, with Briarwood losing 43-42 with just over three seconds remaining in OT, Wills again hit two free throws to win the game for Briarwood by the score of 44-43.

The entire night was special for Wills. Not only was it her 18th Birthday, but in the early going of the first quarter, Wills sunk a free throw for her first point of the night and her 1,609th point of her career, breaking Laine Bradshaw's two-year-old scoring record

In the Lady Bucs' 44-43 win last Friday night, both teams battled to a 9-9 deadlock after one quarter of play, and Augusta Prep controlled a 23-20 lead at halftime.

Wills became the leading scorer for Briarwood with a 21-point performance. She was followed by Reese with eight points, Pickard and Sutton with four points each, Bradshaw with three points and Ansley and Gerlach with two points each.

The Cavaliers of Augusta Prep defeated Briarwood 49-39 in the nightcap to plummet the Bucs' overall record to 1-4. The Cavs outscored the Bucs in the first three quarters of play to control the game from the outset.

Dudley led Briarwood with a 19-point performance. He was followed by Goolsby with nine points, Batrous with four points, Joesbury with three points and Henderson and Davis Griffin with two points each.

On Saturday night, Dec. 11, the Lady Bucs played host to the Lady Jaguars of Thomas Jefferson Academy from Louisville. Briarwood took control of the game very early and never let up, as the Lady Bucs posted a 57-39 victory to increase their record to 6-0.

Briarwood led 18-10 after one quarter of play and controlled a 39-19 advantage at halftime. A lot of the younger players were able to see action in the second half of play, and with their determination and aggressiveness, the Lady Bucs eased to victory.

Three Lady Buccaneers scored in double figures in this game. Wills led all the scorers with 15 points. She was followed by Reese with 12 points, Pickard with 11 points, Ansley with six points, Pickrell with five points, Gerlach with four points, and Sutton and Leslie Lynam with two points each.

Coach Keck's Buccaneers finally got back on the winning track with a 67-49 victory over the Jaguars of TJA. The Bucs scored in double figures in every quarter to cruise to the win.

Dudley was the leading scorer for Briarwood with 19 points, that included five of six free throws. He was followed by Joesbury with 18 points (four 3-point shots), Seth Williford with nine points, Griffin with eight points, Batrous with seven points, David Russell with four points and Kelsey Jones with two points.

The basketball teams of Briarwood will travel to the gym at Augusta Prep this Saturday night, Dec. 18 to take on the Cavaliers and Lady Cavs in the final games before the Christmas holidays.



Web posted on Thursday, December 16, 2004











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