A poor showing during the first period turned out to be the culprit as the Lady Buccaneers of Briarwood Academy lost to Fullington Academy during the first round of the Class A Georgia Independent Schools Association Girls' Basketball Tournament last Wednesday.
The final score was 43-28 in a game played at Andrews College. The Lady Bucs were one 16 teams competing to win a state basketball title.
"The first quarter was the difference in the game," remarked longtime Briar wood Academy head coach Clayton Parrish. "We came out very flat and not ready to play at the level we needed to to compete with a team as talented as Fullington."
Coach Parrish said although his team got off to a sluggish start, he was proud of the way the fought back.
"But it was just too much for us to overcome," he pointed out.
The Lady Buccaneers cut the Fullington lead to just 6 points in the fourth period, but were forced to begin fouling their opponents.
During that 8-minute stretch, Fullington did an excellent job hitting free-throws. In the fourth period, they were perfect from the free-throw line, hitting 8-of-8 shots. They finished the game, connecting on 9-of-10 free-throws.
In comparison, Briarwood Academy hit only 8-of-15 free-throws the entire game.
Junior point guard Maria Celeste Johnson led the Lady Buccaneers in the scoring department with 16 points. She was followed by Maggie Keene with 6, Lizzie Keen, 5 and Emily Henderson, 1 point, respectively.
Senior guard Brittini Phelps was held scoreless.