Marie Celeste Johnson, Morgan Reese and Brittini Phelps combined for 39 points to lift the Lady Buccaneers of Briarwood Academy past the visiting Thomas Jefferson Academy Lady Jaguars 46-41 in the regular season basketball finalÃ© played at Briarwood last Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Johnson, the junior point guard, scored 15 points, while Reese, the team's junior center, scored 13 points, and Phelps, a senior guard, tossed in 11 points.
This week, Briarwood Academy is playing host to the Region 1-A Basketball Tournament, which began on Tuesday night and will continue through Friday night. Complete coverage of the tournament involving the Briarwood games will be included in a story in next week's edition of The McDuffie Mirror .
Cold shooting on the part of Thomas Jefferson turned out to be their demise in the second and third periods. During that 16-minute span, the Lady Jaguars were held to just 13 points.
Going into the fourth period, Briarwood Academy held a 36-29 lead.
Three-point baskets also hurt the losers, as Phelps recorded three long-range buckets and Johnson one such shot.
Four other Briarwood players scored: Emily Henderson, 2, Maggie Keene, 2, Rachel Coxwell, 2 and Lizzie Keen, 1.