2018-12-05 / Sports

Lady Spartans win Garden City Classic


The Lady Spartans brought home the trophy after a three-day tourney at Augusta Prep. The Lady Spartans brought home the trophy after a three-day tourney at Augusta Prep. The Lady Spartans of Edmund Burke Academy opened the 2018 basketball season with a packed week and ended it with a championship trophy.

The girls traveled to Westminster of Augusta on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and lost 39-32 to the 2017 AAA state finalist. Head coach Larry Keller said the Lady Spartans had a poor second quarter in which they were outscored 11-2. “It was just bad coaching on my part,” he said, adding that he didn’t do a good job of subbing and that Westminster took advantage of that. “We cut the lead to two late in the game but couldn’t overcome their early lead.”

Seniors Memory Kate Goodin and Marley Knight led the Lady Spartans in points, with Goodin putting up 13 and Knight, 8.

On Thursday, EBA headed to Augusta where they began competition in the Garden City Classic held at Augusta Prep. The Lady Spartans dominated Alleluia 52-14, with Malana Williams posting 14 points. Kathryn Rhodes and Baylor Redd each contributed 4.

In the semifinals, the girls faced host Augusta Prep, and Keller said the first half went back and forth, with Prep taking a 31-28 lead at the half. “The girls persuaded me to switch to a triangle and two defense the second half, and we held them to eight points,” he said, adding, “Maybe I need to listen to them more.” The Lady Spartans would take a 49-39 victory over Prep and return to the finals to face Westminster for the second time that week.

The game never found either team with more than a fivepoint lead. With just under two minutes remaining, Williams hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 36. EBA got a steal from Goodin with 15 seconds to go, and she finished it up on the other end with a put back to win the game 38-36. Goodin was named MVP and junior guard Claudia Post was named to the all-tournament team. Post was the leading scorer in the final game against Westminster with 13. Keller said, “Her defense and tenacious hustle were infectious.”

While the varsity boys didn’t come away with wins last week, head coach Evan Butcher said getting a late start at practicing is a big contributing factor. “We are a bit rusty,” he said of the boys team, who found themselves turning the ball over too easily last Tuesday night against Westminster. The boys, who’ve had only two practices as a whole team due to extended play in football, have had more games than practices. “They just aren’t use to catching the round ball yet,” Butcher said.

In Tuesday’s game, the Spartans had a big comeback in the fourth quarter, coming within 2 points of the lead after being down 18. Butcher said they just ran out of time, and Westminster took the victory, 45-41.

Tripp Parker led the Spartans with 15 points, playing an impressive game. “He drove the lane very well and picked apart the defense,” Butcher said of the junior, who also had 5 steals. Jaylon Glisson had the team high with 10 rebounds.

The Spartans went 1-2 in the Garden City Classic, defeating Alleluia by a whopping 68-33 in the first game on Thursday. They were then defeated by Dominion Christian 72-56 and again by Fox Creek, 76-41.

“Hopefully this tournament was a chance to help us settle down and realize what we need to work on and improve for the rest of the season,” Butcher said.

At the conclusion of the classic, Parker received recognition and was named to the all-tournament team.

The Spartans and Lady Spartans hosted David Emanuel at home on Monday, Dec. 3, but results were not available at press time. They’ll play Augusta Prep on the road again on Friday, Dec. 7, with the girls kicking things off at 6:30 p.m. and will host Citizens Christian at home Saturday, beginning at 4:30. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Edmund Burke will host Westminster in Murray Gym, with the girls tipoff at 6 p.m.

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