Basketball Roundup: Spartans move into tie for third place
Centennial’s boys basketball team needed a win badly Tuesday night at Granbury.
The Spartans did just that, topping the Pirates, 66-63, in overtime to end a four-game District 9-5A losing streak.
“Our biggest plays were on defense tonight,” Centennial coach Jeff Carroll said. “Zane Elliot took three charges tonight. After giving up 38 points in the first half, we held them to 19 in the second half. I was really proud of how our guys battled back to get the win.”
The win moved the Spartans (14-13, 6-6) into a tie for third place with Cleburne and Everman. Centennial hosts Joshua Friday and plays at Everman Tuesday to end district play.
Centennial’s K.J. Walker scored four of his team-high 19 points in overtime as the Spartans jumped out to a quick lead in the extra frame and went on for the win. Teammate Anthony Hunter also scored 19 points in the win. Zach Bolf finished with 10 points.
The Spartans trailed 48-43 after three quarters then used a 14-6 run to take a 57-54 lead late. Granbury’s Cade Dudley three-pointer tied the game late at 57-57 to send the game into overtime. Dudley finished with 19 points and Michael Horne scored 16 points.
Elks win 11th straight 9-5A game
With the District 9-5A title in hand, Burleson’s boys basketball team treated its home fans to a 54-45 win over Cleburne Tuesday night.
The win was the 11th straight for the Elks (22-6, 11-1) in district play. Burleson plays at Arlington Seguin Friday and hosts Crowley Tuesday to end district play.
It’s going to be tough the rest of the way for us,” Burleson coach Joey Martin said. “I was happy to see them face some adversity. Coach White did a good job of preparing his guys. They had a chance to beat us and I think that is going to help us down the road.”
Cleburne (20-11), which fell into a tie for second place with Centennial, tied the game three times in the third quarter and held one lead but Burleson’s Sam Martin hit a 3 at the buzzer to give the Elks a 37-35 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Yellow Jackets held the lead three times in the first four minutes of the fourth. Their last lead came at 44-42 with 4:40 to play.
From there, the Elks went on a 10-1 run to win the game. Down the stretch, Dalton Lane scored his lone points from the field and Burleson went 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Jaylon Johnson scored a game-high 16 points for the Elks and Sam Martin finished with 12 points.
Cleburne was led in scoring by Chris Arthurs’ 14 points. Addison Wallace tallied 12 points and Kyler Jones tossed in 10 points.
Lady Elks lose on senior night
Dreams of sending its senior class off with a win faded in the second half Friday as Burleson’s girls basketball team couldn’t score in the third quarter and fell to Cleburne, 52-40, in both team’s final District 9-5A game.
The game was the last for senior post Sarah Reid and senior guard Carlen Payne. Reid scored nine points and Payne tallied one point. The pair started at Burleson when Curtis Enis took over the Lady Elks’ program.
“I’m really proud of them and their growth through these four years,” Enis said. “They both moved to varsity as sophomores and each year they have gotten better and better and better. The team really wanted to send this senior class out by making the playoffs but we came up a little short there. Sarah and Carlen have shown a level of commitment and were good leaders to the younger kids this season. I’ve been really proud of them and, all-in-all, I wish them the best of luck as they head off to college. I hate to see them go.”
Burleson (14-17, 4-10) ended up tied with Cleburne for sixth place in the district.
Behind 11 of Maleigha Landers team-high 12 points, Burleson held a 30-28 lead at halftime.
The Lady Elks didn’t score in the third quarter as Cleburne scored 15 points to take a 43-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Caitlyn Kirkham’s basket with 4:14 to play in the game was the Lady Elks first of the second half.
Cleburne’s Caitlyn Cron led all scorers with 24 points and Jayla Johnson tallied 17 points.