Lady Elks Landers nabs newcomer award
As a freshman, Maleigha Landers made an immediate impact for the Burleson girls basketball team.
The three-point specialist drew recognition for the coaches of District 9-5A as she was Newcomer of the Year.
“I thought Maleigha was very deserving of this award,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “She prepared herself very well for this season. I look for her to become more aggressive offensively next season by improving her three-point and free throw percentages and her driving ability. She had a good all-around season.”
Landers averaged 7.7 points per game and made a team-high 56 three-pointers. She finished with 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.8 assists per game. Landers tallied 15 blocks and 11 chargers on the year.
Burleson ended the season with a district record of 4-11 and an overall record of 14-17. Enis was pleased to see his team improve on last season.
“I thought we had a good season in regards to improving over last season,” Enis said. “We shot the ball better, had fewer turnovers and played better defense. I want to thank Sarah (Reid) and Carlen (Payne) for their dedication, time and effort towards the
Lady Elk basketball program for the past four years. They were asked to play different roles on the team each season and I thought they did an excellent job in the roles they were asked to play.”
Enis said the program is in good hands with seven of 10 varsity players returning. The competition for spots on the varsity should be good next season with four or five players coming up from a junior varsity team that lost two district games.
Burleson had a pair of second-team players in junior guard Caitlyn Kirkham and senior post Sarah Reid.
Kirkham averaged 9.2 points for the Lady Elks and shot 47 percent from the field. The junior averaged 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
“I thought Caitlyn had a good season,” Enis said. “Everything was better than last year’s numbers and her turnovers were way down. Caityn does a good job for us and a lot will be asked of her next season.”
Reid played 30 games for the Lady Elks and averaged 4.7 points per game. She had 25 blocks, 20 steals and 27 assists. For the season she shot 40 percent from the field.
“I thought Sarah played very well for us this season,” Enis said. “She improved in every category over her three years on the varsity. We seemed to be at our best when we would get Sarah involved in the offense early and often.”
The Lady Elks honorable mention players were: senior guard Carlen Payne and sophomore guard Rylee Moseley and sophomore forward Madison McCall.