The Briarwood Academy hoopsters were disappointed in their showings at the GISA Region 1A tournament last week, but, nonetheless, both did finish well enough to advance to the first round of the Class A state tournament.
The Lady Bucs, who finished as R1A region runners-up, faced Monroe Academy, who finished third in R4A, on Monroe's home court at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Class A's Sweet Sixteen competition.
The Bucs, who finished third in region play, will face Covenant Christian Academy of Macon, who finished second in R4A, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, also at Monroe Academy in Forsyth.
Both games are "must" wins to advance to the second round of Class A state play, which will be held at Anderson College.
After soundly defeating Thomas Jefferson 33-20 in the second round of the Region 1A tournament, the Lady Bucs lost the R1A championship game, 46-29, to David Emanuel Academy of Stillmore. DEA had defeated the Lady Bucs twice in regular season play by a combined total of only five points.
The Lady Eagles' defensive play was the key to the Lady Bucs' "very disappointing loss," according to Coach Parrish, who added that the Lady Bucs last won a region championship in 2005.
"We didn't play our best basketball," Parrish said. "A lot of our success comes from being able to apply full court pressure, and when you don't score very much, you can't do that. They (DEA) wanted to keep it a half-court game, and they did a good job of it."
After a disappointing 50-49 overtime loss to Thomas Jefferson in the second round of the Region 1A tournament, the Bucs, who had a bye in the first round of play, were thrown into the consolation game in the finals. Like the Lady Bucs, the Bucs also faced DEA, but for third place in the region, not the region title. The Bucs defeated the Eagles 67-54 for a third place finish in the region.