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    Burleson senior Jailah Ivory puts up a shot during a game earlier this season. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Elks finish second at Pilot Point tournament

Burleson’s girls basketball team capped its tournament slate finishing second at the Pilot Point Tournament. The Lady Elks went 3-1 Thursday and Friday defeating Flower Mound Coram Deo, Gunter and Pilot Point.

In its opening game, Burleson downed Coram Deo, 53-32, behind a 13-point effort from Maleigha Landers. The freshman hit three three-pointers. The Lady Elks used a 40-19 run in the third quarter to win.

Carlen Payne scored seven points while Kiersten Harris, Caitlyn Kirkham and Jailah Ivory each tallied six points.

Later on Thursday, Sanger downed Burleson, 44-39, as the Lady Indians outscored the Lady Elks, 11-6, in the fourth quarter.

“We played hard and pretty well but we just went cold in the fourth quarter,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “I thought we were aggressive with the ball by driving to the bucket but we just couldn’t get to the line in the second half.”

Burleson shot two free throws in the second half.

Kirkham paced Burleson with 14 points. Payne scored nine points and Ivory added six points.

On Friday, the Lady Elks opened play with a 62-27 win over Gunter. Kate Renner led Burleson in scoring with 13 points. Rylee Moseley finished with 10 and Landers scored eight points.

Burleson finished round robin play by defeating Pilot Point, 62-41, as Landers and Madison McCall each scored 12 points. Hall added eight points and Renner finished with seven points.

Friday night, Burleson returns to District 9-5A play at Everman. The Lady Elks host Burleson Tuesday night.

Aggieland Classic

Centennial’s girls basketball team ended its tournament schedule playing at the Aggieland Classic. The Lady Spartans went 2-2 at the tournament.

The Lady Spartans opened the tournament victories over Houston Yates and A&M Consolidated Thursday in the Division I bracket.

Kertisa Amos and Kayleigh Benson each scored 17 points in Centennial’s 56-42 win over Yates. The Lady Spartans jumped out to a 23-13 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

In the late game on Thursday, Centennial topped Consolidated, 50-33, as Benson scored 14 points. Ne’Khyria Rogers and Trystan Clark finished with seven points while Zassmine Birdwell scored six points.

Friday, North Crowley defeated Centennial, 73-70, in overtime in the quarterfinals. The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Spartans, 13-10, in overtime. North Crowley went on to win the tournament.

Amos and Benson each hit three three-pointers. Amos finished with 23 points and Benson scored 17 points. Rogers also tallied 17 points.

Playing for a chance to reach the fifth-place game, the Lady Spartans got off to a slow start in a 51-37 loss to Fort Worth Trimble Tech. The Lady Bulldogs outscored Centennial, 18-9, and led 37-17 at halftime.

Benson paced the Lady Spartans with 13 points. Rogers scored nine points and Birdwell added eight points.

The Lady Spartans return to District 9-5A play Friday hosting district leader Arlington Seguin. Centennial plays at Burleson Tuesday.

Wagstaff Holiday Classic

Playing at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic in Tyler, Burleson’s boys basketball team finished with a 2-1 mark.

Burleson connected on 16 three-pointers in the Elks’ tournament opening win over Lindale, 95-44, Thursday.

Sam Martin finished with a game-high 25 points. The junior hit three three-pointer. Jaylen Johnson made four three-pointers on the way to 20 points.

Raymond Lynch scored 12 points. Logan Potts and Joe Lutka, each made three three-pointers, and finished with 11 points.

In Friday’s Diamond bracket semifinals, Burleson fell to White Settlement Brewer, 56-55, as the Elks missed a pair of free throws with no time on the clock. The Elks used a 23-15 run in the fourth quarter to make things interesting.

Johnson and Dalton Lane each scored 16 points. Johnson made four three-pointers. Martin finished with nine points.

Burleson drilled Tyler Lee, 98-65, Saturday in its final game of the year. The Elks hit 17 three-pointers in the win.

Martin finished with 28 points. The junior hit seven three-pointers. Johnson made six three-pointers on the way to 21 points. Joe Lukta (11 points) made three three-pointers.

The Elks return to District 9-5A play Friday night at Everman. Burleson hosts Centennial Tuesday night.

Mortiz Dealership Holiday Classic

Playing at the Mortiz Dealership Holiday Classic in Aledo, Centennial’s boys basketball team finished with a 1-2 record.

Thursday, the Spartans fell to Keller and Mansfield Summit.

In its opener, Centennial lost to Keller, 74-56. The Spartans trailed 30-21 at halftime, then had trouble in the third quarter as the Indians went on a 22-12 run to take a 52-24 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Anthony Hunter and Zach Bolf each scored 11 points for Centennial. K.J. Walker finished with nine points.

In the second game on Thursday, Summit slipped by the Spartans, 49-46. Anthony Hunter led Centennial in scoring with 22 points. Hunter made three three-pointers.

On Friday, Centennial finished out the year with an 80-68 win over Terrell. The Spartans trailed 21-13 after one quarter then went on a 67-47 run in the final three quarters to win.

Hunter led the Spartans in scoring with 18 points. Jacob Stuckey scored 15 points, Zach Bolf tallied 14 points and Kelton Tezeno added 11 points.

The Spartans return to District 9-5A play Friday night hosting Arlington Seguin. Centennial plays at Burleson Tuesday night.

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