2019-02-06 / Sports

Edmund Burke heads into region tourney as runners-up

DIANA ROYAL

Edmund Burke Academy’s varsity basketball teams both finished up the regular season seeded number two in region, and this week’s tournament will determine who the region champions are.

For the Lady Spartans, they took a win and a loss last week, bringing their season record to 18-3, 8-2, falling behind Brentwood in the region.

“We had a great regular season,” head coach Larry Keller said, “but now that the playoffs have started, those eighteen wins mean nothing when we step on the floor Thursday.”

The girls will travel to Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville on Thursday, Feb. 7, to compete in the second round of the Region 4-AA Tournament. At 7 p.m., they’ll face the round one winner of the Gatewood/ Briarwood matchup. With a victory in that game, the girls will move on to the championship, which will be played on Friday night at 7 p.m. The state tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 12, but the location and times are yet to be determined.

Against Briarwood last Tuesday,

Keller said the Lady Bucs came out swinging, making 4 three-pointers in the first quarter. “I always said if Briarwood makes their threes, they will be tough to beat,” he said. Malana Williams kept EBA close with 5 of her team high 15 points in the first period. The Lady Spartans cut the lead to 5 at by the half and found themselves down just by just 2 as the final quarter began. Two big free throws by Williams and 5 points from Claudia Post were enough for the Lady Spartans to hold off Briarwood for a 52- 49 win. Post tallied a total of 11 points while Marley Knight had 12, and Memory Kate Goodin, 9.

Brentwood’s Lady Eagles, however, put a hurting on EBA on Friday in Sandersville, defeating the Lady Spartans 43-27.

“I just didn’t have the girls ready to play, never got them in a position to be successful,” Keller said. “We got outcoached and outplayed and we hope to learn from it.”

The Lady Spartans fell 12-4 in the first quarter and as Brentwood extended their lead to 21-9 by the half, were never able to recover. Goodin had 8 points, Williams, 6, and Knight, 4.

The Spartans also split their games last week as they defeated Briarwood 78-64 and fell to Brentwood 70-54. They will also begin region play in round two on Thursday, with a game time of 8:30 p.m. against the winner of the Brentwood/ Briarwood game. If they win, they’ll compete for the region title on Friday night at 8:30.

In the game against Briarwood last week, head coach Evan Butcher said the boys played good team defense and hit a high percentage of shots. They also had a huge 14-2 run as the fourth quarter began.

Tripp Parker led the effort with a big 25 points, followed by Jaylon Glisson and Jeremy Gay, who each had 10. Parker pulled down the most rebounds with 7, and Glisson and Collier Smith each grabbed 6. Carson Woods contributed 5 steals and 5 assists, and Joey Wall also had 4 steals. EBA was 9/15 from the free throw line.

On Friday night, Parker once again led the Spartans in points with 14, and Glisson was right behind him with 12. Parker had 7 rebounds, and Woods was credited with 5 steals.

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