Lady Spartans collect tough win over Lady Elks
Down 11 points starting the fourth quarter, Burleson’s girls’ basketball team didn’t give up.
The Lady Elks, fresh off their first District 5-5A win, put a fight Tuesday night against arch-rival Centennial.
Burleson was able to close to within two points late but couldn’t clear that final hurdle as the Lady Spartans picked up a 55-47 road win.
“I am proud of the effort we showed tonight,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “We could have easily folded up when we were down 11 points. But our kids hunkered down. They fought back and gave themselves a chance.”
The Lady Elks cut Centennial’s lead to 49-47 with less than 40 seconds to play on a steal and lay-up by Rylee Moseley.
With 27.4 seconds to play, Centennial’s Trystan Clark went to the free-throw line and made the first of two shots to give the Lady Spartans a 50-47 lead Clark’s second attempt was no good but teammate Kertisa Amos beat three Lady Elks to the rebound.
Amos' play sparked a 6-0 Centennial (15-11, 4-2) run that finished off all hope for the Lady Elks.
“That was a back-breaker,” Enis said. “I was disappointed we couldn’t get the rebound there.”
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Centennial’s Toni Howard delivered a tough blow when she stole an inbounds pass and raced in for an easy basket that gave the Lady Spartans a 43-34 lead with 4:19 to play.
“Toni’s steal was huge,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “It was something we needed.”
Wootan said this Centennial-Burleson game was no different than many in the past.
“When we play it is always going to be like this,” Wootan said. “We are crosstown rivals and Burleson has a solid basketball team. We are going to battle tooth and nail all night.”
The Lady Spartans might have picked up an easier win if their free-throw shooting had been better. Centennial made just 20 of 43 free throws.
Amos paced all scorers with 27 points.
Burleson got 16 points each from Trinitee Johnson and Rylee Moseley.
In the fourth quarter, Burleson’s defensive pressure kept the Lady Elks in the game.
Burleson (7-16, 1-5) travels to Everman Friday and hosts Crowley Tuesday.
The Lady Spartans host Crowley Friday and play at Mansfield Legacy Tuesday.
Centennial 55, Burleson 47
Centennial 11 14 14 16 - 55
Burleson 9 12 7 19 - 47
Centennial (15-11, 4-2): Kertisa Amos 27, Trystan Clark 9, Ne’Khyria Rogers 8, Jolie Johnson 7, Toni Howard 4.
Burleson (7-16, 1-5): Trinitee Johnson 16, Rylee Moseley 16, Kate Renner 7, Emily White 4, Caitlyn Kirkham 2, Madison McCall 2.
Lady Elks get first district win
The Lady Elks registered their first district victory Friday with a 52-41 win Friday at Arlington Seguin. Trinitee Johnson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Burleson.
“Trinitee did a good job of finishing on the back of the break and rebounding the ball,” Enis said. “We executed our press break well tonight. I thought our guards did a good job of passing the ball to the open person and hitting the occasional three-pointer.”
Burleson 52, Arlington Seguin 41
Burleson 11 13 14 14 - 52
Seguin 12 9 6 14 - 41
Burleson (7-15, 1-4): Trinitee Johnson 25, Caitlyn Kirkham 7, Rylee Moseley 7, Kate Renner 6, Madison McCall 5, Katie Arguello 2.
Seguin (0-19, 0-5): Keiana Jackson 20, Kameron Goodman 13, Brandi Davenport 5, Takya Alexander 2, Tyreecia Sims 1.
Top-rank team drops Lady Spartans
Ne’Khyria Rogers and Jolie Johnson each scored 10 points Friday in a 69-38 district loss at Mansfield Timberview, the topped-ranked team in Class 5A according to the most recent Texas Association of Basketball coached poll.
Mansfield Timberview 69, Centennial 38
Centennial 3 11 17 17 - 38
Timberview 11 21 18 19 - 69
Centennial (14-11, 3-2):Ne’Khyria Rogers 10, Jolie Johnson 10, Kertisa Amos 8, Trystan Clark 8, Toni Howard 2.
Timberview (25-1, 5-0): Mikayla Hutchinson 16, Destiny Jackson 14, Timia Jackson 8, Destiny Burton 8, N’Denasija Collins 7, Desiree Wooten 6, Nina Milner 4, Arianna Clark 4, Kennidy Wilson 2.