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    Burleson’s Trinitee Johnson, left, and Emily West, right, get in position for a rebound during the Lady Elks’ 39-31 win over Justin Northwest last Thursday at the Lady Elk Classic. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Girls hoops squads get ready for district play

With District 5-5A girls basketball play starting next week, Burleson and Centennial each played its last Tuesday night non-district games.

Centennial collected a win while Burleson fell at home.

The Lady Spartans won on the road defeating Saginaw, 62-36, behind 17 points each from Kertisa Amos and Ne’Khyria Rogers.

Centennial played good defense all night. After allowing 12 points in the first quarter, the Lady Spartans held the Lady Rough Riders to single-digit scoring in the final three quarters.

The Lady Spartans (7-8) have the weekend off before hosting Mansfield Legacy, the No. 15 ranked team in Class 5A in the most recent Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll.

Burleson came up short at home in a 43-36 loss to Mineral Wells.

“Tonight’s game is our season so far,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “We played really well both offensively and defensively in spurts. Our defense is active and we are rebounding well and then we go four minutes without scoring.”

Rylee Moseley led the Lady Elks in scoring with 11 points.

Burleson (2-7) opens play today at the Midlothian Heritage Tournament. The Lady Elks begin district play Tuesday at Crowley.

Lady Elks host tournament

Playing with just seven on the roster Saturday, Burleson’s girls’ basketball team lost to Waco University, 65-39, in the seventh-place game at the Lady Elk Classic.

Burleson went 1-4 at the tournament.

“I was really proud of the seven kids I had today,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “They were a gutsy group. They competed hard from start to finish.”

The Lady Elks were short players because some were taking the SAT and another was at an out-of-state soccer tournament.

Trinitee Johnson and Emily White each scored 10 points to lead Burleson. Grace Paden added seven points.

University’s Desirae Mathis scored a game-high 30 points.

Wolfforth Frenship, the No. 24 ranked team in Class 6A, took the tournament title with a 57-54 victory over Mesquite Horn on Saturday. Brock beat Mansfield Lake Ridge, 41-32, to finished third. In the fifth-place game, Everman topped Saginaw, 62-53 and Saginaw Chisholm Trail defeated Justin Northwest, 32-19, for ninth-place.

The third quarter was not kind to the Lady Elks on Friday as they dropped a pair of games.

Burleson found itself tied with Saginaw, 20-20, at halftime in its first game on Friday then scored four points in the third quarter as the Lady Elks lost 44-37.

White finished with eight points while Moseley, Johnson, and Renner scored six points each.

In the second game on Friday, Burleson held a 22-18 lead over Brock at halftime then scored four points in the third quarter as the Lady Elks lost 42-37.

Caitlyn Kirkham scored 11 points. Moseley, Renner, and White each scored five points.

Burleson opened the tournament with a 39-31 victory over Justin Northwest Thursday morning.

Moseley and Renner each scored nine points and Kamryn Johnson tallied eight points.

In their second game on Thursday, the Lady Elks lost to Mesquite Horn, 47-43. Horn’s N’yah Boyd scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Moseley paced the Lady Elks with 13 points while Renner and White scored nine points each.

Lady Spartans finish fifth

The Lady Spartans found their groove over the weekend as they finished fifth at the Van Griffith Kia Invitational in Granbury.

Amos scored 15 points and Trystan Clark finished with 14 points as Centennial defeated Coppell, 48-38, Saturday for fifth-place.

“It was a great tournament for us,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “We got to see four very different types of teams. I thought the girls really did some great things on both the offensive and defensive ends. Our team chemistry is starting to come together.”

The Lady Spartans reached the fifth-place game by beating Coppell in overtime, 50-46, Friday. Centennial outscored the Lady Cowboys, 6-2, in overtime.

Clark tallied 14 points and Amos scored 13 points.

Earlier on Friday, the Lady Spartans fell to Hurst L.D. Bell, 82-59, in a winner’s bracket game. Clark scored 15 points and Amos scored 12 points.

The Lady Spartans scored 20 points in the first quarter of their opening-round game Thursday and went on to a 51-34 victory over Lubbock Coronado.

Amos led Centennial in scoring with 19 points and Rogers finished with 13 points.

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