FRIDAY HOOPS ROUND UP: Sneed's floater lifts Elks past Crowley in overtime
Senior Josiah Sneed put in extra work on his floater this week and it paid dividends Friday night for the Burleson at Crowley.
Sneed’s baseline floater went through as the buzzer sounded ending overtime and gave the Elks a hard-fought 68-67 win over the Eagles in District 9-5A boys basketball play.
“I’ve been missing them lately and I guess that’s one that went in,” Sneed said. “Honestly I went up and closed my eyes and I fell. Then I heard the crowd and I guessed we had won and started beating on the floor.”
Burleson coach Joey Martin said he likes Sneed’s floater but it wasn’t falling in the past two games so he had a short talk with Sneed.
“I said ‘Josiah you have to get in the gym and get extra shots in. The floater you shoot that’s a great shot for you but the last two games you have missed several of them,’” Martin said. “He worked on it for an hour and it paid off in like two seconds.”
Earlier in the game, after a foul Sneed had lost a contact and was able to hit a pair of free throws with just one contact in. Sneed finished the game with 12 points.
With the win, Burleson (17-6, 6-1) stays in sole possession of first-place at that end of the first half of district play. The Elk hosts Granbury Tuesday and plays Friday at Joshua.
Burleson’s Jaylen Johnson, who hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of third quarter to give the Elks at 43-42 lead, had two big assists in the overtime to help Burleson tie the game at 66-66 with 1:32 to play.
With 38.8 seconds left, Crowley took a 67-66 lead on a free throw by Hayden Brittingham.
Burleson’s next possession ended with a missed shot but Crowley turned the ball over with an errant pass. After a timeout, the Elks were able to get the ball to an open Sneed on the baseline for the game-winner.
At the end of regulation, Crowley held a 62-60 when the Elks’ Sam Martin forced a turnover with 49 seconds left. Dalton Lane then got the ball to Martin for a game-tying basket. After Johnson forced a turnover the Elks played for a final shot with 19.5 seconds to play but a pair of shots didn’t fall.
Martin finished with a team-high 17 points. Johnson scored 15 points and Dalton Lane finished with 11 points.
Crowley’s Ronnie Sanders led all scorers with 28 points. Sam Henderson, in his first game of the season following an injury, made five three-pointers on the way to 18 points. Courtland Zerret scored 12 points.
Lady Spartans down Everman in overtime
Centennial’s girls basketball team survived a 21-point fourth-quarter run by Everman to defeat the Lady Bulldogs, 57-56, in overtime Friday in District 9-5A game.
With three seconds to play in overtime Ady Mize hit a pair of free throws to win the game. Mize finished with a game-high 16 points while Kayleigh Benson and Abbi Williams each scored 13 points.
The victory kept the Lady Spartans (18-9, 8-1) in tie for first place with Crowley. Centennial plays at Crowley Tuesday and hosts Cleburne Friday
Everman’s Loryn Wooden led all scorers with 22 points. Trinitee Alexanders scored 15 points and Donetria McGree chipped in 11 points.
Spartans get by Everman
Centennial’s boys basketball team stay in second place in District 9-5A following a 47-44 home win over Everman Friday night.
The Spartans (13-8, 5-2) play Tuesday at Crowley and host Cleburne Friday.
Everman built a 15-8 lead in the first quarter but the Spartans were able to overcome the deficit outscoring the Bulldogs’ 39-29 in the last three quarters.
Zach Bolf and Anthony Hunter each finished with 13 points.
Everman’s J.T. Clark led all scorers with 16 points. Austin Dixon added 12 points.
Lady Elks fall at Crowley
Burleson struggled at Crowley Friday night as the Lady Elks fell to the Lady Eagles, 55-22, in District 9-5A girls basketball play.
The Lady Elks (12-14, 2-7) host Granbury Tuesday and play at Joshua Friday.
Jailah Ivory and Caitlyn Kirkland each scored five points for Burleson.
Crowley’s Taelour Pruitt finished with a game-high 16 points. Avery Brittingham scored 11 points and Taylor Brown tallied 10 points.