2012-02-15 / Sports

BAD KNIGHT

Frederica wins title despite EBA’s second half spark
By Tres Bragg tresbragg@bellsouth.net


Edmund Burke Academy coach Ray Miller rallies his team together during their last quarter surge in the region championship game. Edmund Burke Academy coach Ray Miller rallies his team together during their last quarter surge in the region championship game. Time ran out.

Edmund Burke Academy’s girl’s basketball team nearly pulled off a huge comeback in the GISA Class- AA region championship game, but came up just 6 points short against Frederica Academy’s Lady Knights.

After a devastating first quarter the Lady Spartans’ chances of breaking the school’s 23- year region championship drought seemed to be out of reach. However, a second half spark from Edmund Burke nearly gave them the title.

The Lady Spartans earned their berth to the championship game after defeating Robert Toombs Christian Academy 35-31 in the final four game.

Amanda Bragg recorded another double- double during that game, scoring 14 points and tallying 10 rebounds. Jennifer McDaniel added 7 points and 11 rebounds, while Mariah Cates and Gray Lewis scored 5 and 4 points respectively.


The Lady Spartans earned the GISA Class-AA region runner-up trophy last weekend in Lyons. The Lady Spartans earned the GISA Class-AA region runner-up trophy last weekend in Lyons. During the championship game against Frederica, the Lady Spartans were outscored 13-2 in the first quarter. They managed 6 points in the second quarter and trailed 19-8 at the half.

Late in the third quarter, Edmund Burke pulled closer to the Lady Knights, and trailed by just 10 points going into the final quarter. With three minutes left to go in the game, the Lady Spartans pulled within 4 points. However, they were forced to foul in order to stop the clock and were unable to take advantage of Frederica’s missed free throws. They fell 36- 30. After the loss, head coach Ray Miller commented on his team’s performance.

“We dug a pretty big hole in the first quarter,” he said. “We were down by eleven points and only managed eight first half points. I was really proud of the way our team battled back and cut the lead to four points in the fourth quarter. We are really looking forward to playing in the state basketball tournament in Dawson.”

Despite the loss, the Lady Spartans earned a rare region runner-up trophy in girls’ basketball for the school as well as a number two seed in the state tournament. They will play in the first round of state today ( Wednesday) against Citizen’s Christian Academy. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

*** Ansleigh Dickey, Amanda Bragg, Jennifer McDaniel and Mariah Cates were all named to the all-region team. They will be honored at EBA’s sports banquet later this year.

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