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Lady Bucs on a two-game winning streak

For the second time in as many games, the Lady Buccaneers of Briarwood Academy have proven victorious on the basketball court.

The team's latest victories have come over Twiggs Academy and Nathaniel Greene Academy.

The Lady Bucs of Head Coach Clayton Parrish defeated Twiggs Academy 59-32 last Friday night. And they returned to the court last Saturday afternoon to hand the Nat Greene Lady Patriots a 41-33 defeat.

"I loved our composure, especially in the late part of the game against Nat Greene," remarked Coach Parrish. "We missed way too many free-throws, but I was glad to see us connect on some important ones at the end. It feels good to have won two games in a row. I just hope the streak continues."

In the latest game against Nat Greene's Lady Patriots, six critical free-throws were made by three different Briarwood players that allowed them to win by the margin they did. Those three players included Emily Henderson, Maria-Celeste Johnson and Lizzie Keen.

All three of them turned in outstanding offensive and defensive performances against the visiting team.

Briarwood limited the Lady Patriots to just a basket during the first eight minutes of the game, while scoring eight points as a team.

In the second period, Nat Greene drew a lot closer thanks to some fine play from Victoria Martinez, a junior, who scored several times, rebounded well and blocked several shots. With a little more than five minutes left in first half action, the Lady Buccaneers actually trailed 9-8 before Maggie Keene hit a free-throw to tie the game at 9-9.

Briarwood reclaimed the lead with just over three minutes left, thanks to Johnson connecting on a big three-point basket. It gave the Lady Bucs a 12-11 lead.

Brittani Phelps later sank four free-throws after being fouled twice in her attempts to notch field goals. Her efforts increased Briarwood's lead to 16-11. At the half, the Lady Buccaneers clung to a 16-13 lead.

Early in the third period, the Lady Buccaneers went up by six points after Keen hit a three-point basket, making it 19-13. Phelps, who turned in a fine performance, too, later hit a field goal to give Briarwood a 21-15 lead. Sarah Nutial, a senior, then got into the act for the Lady Buccaneers with her version of the long shot, making it a 24-15 game.

Web posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009

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