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Lady Bucs lose heartbreaker on home court to Curtis Baptist

The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs suffered another heartbreaking loss on the basketball court last Saturday.

The latest such loss came at the hands of the Curtis Baptist Lady Crusaders of Augusta. The final score was 42-39.

Briarwood trailed 13-11 with 3:31 to play in the second period until Brittani Phelps hit a field goal to tie the game at 13. Both teams then traded baskets - Celeste Maria Johnson hitting from the outside to again tie the game at 15-15.

With 1:23 to play in the first half, Briarwood's Marci Reese hit one of two shots in a 1 and 1 situation that lifted the Lady Bucs to a 16-15 lead. That's the way it stayed at halftime.

Marcy Keene gave Briarwood a 23-17 lead after making a field goal and then hitting a free-throw. She was fouled again a short time later and made one of two free-throws to increase her team's lead to 25-17 with 2:27 to play in the third period.

Teammate Lizzie Keen later connected on a pair of free-throws that which gave Briarwood a seven point cushion, 27-20.

The Lady Crusaders battled right back, hitting two straight baskets to make it a 27-24 game. As the buzzer was sounding to end the third period, Curtis Baptist hit another field goal, which gave them the lead, 29-27 going into the last eight minutes of the game.

Gradually, Curtis Baptist began pulling away, even though Briarwood's Emily Henderson did everything within her power not to let that happen. Henderson hit a shot to cut Curtis Baptist's lead to 33-31 with just over six minutes to play. Keene, who like Henderson played an outstanding game, sank one of two bonus shots which trimmed the Lady Crusaders' lead to four points, 36-32.

With less than two minutes left in the game, Briarwood's Johnson grabbed a rebound and made a nice pass to Keen down court for a basket that gave the Lady Bucs another opportunity to win the game. That made it a 37-34 game. A few seconds later, Phelps missed a shot, but it was followed up by Henderson, which made it a 38-36 game with just 1:23 to play.

Henderson wasn't finished attempting to become her team's hero. She later stole a pass and went down court to make the basket that tied the game at 38-38. With time steadily ticking off the game clock, Jamie Russell then tried to hit Keene with a pass for a late shot, but the ball was stolen and sealed Briarwood' fate.

Phelps led Briarwood with 11 points. She was followed by teammates Keene with 8, Johnson, 7, Henderson, 6, Keen, 4, Sarah Nutial, 2 and M. Reese, 1 point, respectively.

Briarwood will entertain Piedmont Academy on Friday night and travel to Eatonton to play the Gatewood Lady Gators on Saturday night to close out the regular season.

Web posted on Thursday, February 05, 2009

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