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Lady Buccaneers drop two games but defeat Rebels

The Lady Buccaneers of Briarwood Academy have found the going a little rocky of late on the hardwood.

This past week in basketball action, they won only one of three games. The 66-28 win came over the visiting John Hancock Academy Lady Rebels of Sparta. The two losses, meanwhile, were against Brentwood Academy of Sandersville and David Emanuel Academy of Swainsboro.

"It makes it more difficult to win when your floor leader and leading scorer isn't playing," said Briarwood Academy head coach Clayton Parrish, referring to junior point guard Maria Celeste-Johnson.

Johnson recently rolled her right ankle during a practice session. Its hopeful she can return to action soon, Parrish said.

Another problem encountered by the Lady Bucs of late is the fact that senior Brittini Phelps is being keyed on by every team Briarwood plays. As a result, it's keeping her from being able to score the points she's capable of scoring.

"They've been double-teaming her this season," Parrish said. "Even though she hasn't been able to score a lot of points in recent games, she's been playing fabulous, defensively."

In the game against Brentwood, the Lady Buccaneers lost 51-38.

The Lady Bucs were led in scoring by Phelps with 15 points. She was the only Briarwood player to score in double-figures.

Against John Hancock, Lizzie Keen led the Lady Bucs with 15 points, while Phelps tossed in 14 points.

In last Friday night's game played at Briarwood Academy, the Lady Bucs bowed to the Lady Eagles of David Emanuel in a lopsided affair.

The Lady Eagles are ranked in the GISA Class A poll as the No. 2 team in the state.

"They are definitely the team to beat in our region," Parrish said.

Web posted on Thursday, January 21, 2010

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