• Burleson’s Sidney McFail puts up a shot during Elks’ 61-55 non-district home loss to Birdville Tuesday night. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Turnovers, mistakes cost Elks against Birdville

Following a 61-55 non-district loss to Birdville Tuesday night, Burleson boys basketball coach Joey Martin said his team has a long way to go.

The Elks (1-2) made too many mistakes Tuesday night to pull out a win.

In the final three minutes Birdville outscored the Elks, 9-5, to escape with a win.

“Turnovers and what I call boneheaded plays cost us tonight,” Joey Martin said. “If we can eliminate those it would give us a better chance to win. The kids played hard but they have to be a little smarter as far as their basketball IQ goes.”

Trailing 52-50, Burleson’s C.J. Anderson led a run that put the Elks up 54-52 with 2:10 to play. Anderson hit a pair of free throws then turned a steal into a layup and two point lead.

The lead didn’t last long as Birdville’s Joshua Joe, who finished with nine points, hit his third three-pointer of the night for a 55-54 lead. The Hawks finished out the game by going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Sam Martin paced the Elks with 20 points. The senior made four three-pointers. Sidney McFail scored 13 points for Burleson.

Birdville’s Trevon Hester tallied 20 points and Jalen Jackson added 16 points.

The Elks open play today at the Midlothian Heritage Tournament against College Station. After the tournament, Burleson hosts North Forney Tuesday night.

Spartans win at Cleburne

The shooting wasn’t there Monday night but the speed of play was for Centennial’s boys basketabll team in an 89-53 non-district win at Cleburne.

The Spartans jumped out to a 21-12 lead after one quarter of play and they never trailed again. Centennial finished things strong scored 21 points in the third quarter and 30 more in the final quarter.

“That was the fastest we have played in this early part of the season,” Centennial coach Trovocia Jackson said. “Our effort was top notch, our energy was even better, but our overall shooting was subpar. To be who we say that we want to be, we have to be more efficient offensively and continue to defend and rebound at a champions level.”

Jacob Stuckey paced Centennial (3-1) with 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Anthony Hunter chipped in 17 points. The senior also had six rebounds and two steals. Tayton Conerway finished with 11 points, six rebounds and six steals. Jeb Tobin hit double figure scoring with 10 points.

“We are learning to play hard, learning to play fast, and learning what are the expectations and standards involved in order for us to play free and we are getting better everyday, dribble by dribble, pass by pass,” Jackson said.

The Spartans open play at the Northeast Lions Club today at 1:30 p.m. against Birdville at Thomas Coliseum.

Lady Elks come up short at Mansfield

After scoring three points in the third quarter, Burleson connected on a flurry of three-pointers in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Elks fell at Mansfield, 52-48, Tuesday in a non-district girls basketball game.

“We got hot from the three-point arc and made a comeback but just had too many turnovers late to finish with the win,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said.

The Lady Elks (1-4) scored 22 points in the fourth quarter. Burleson entered the last quarter trailing 34-26.

Caitlyn Kirkham, who finished with 14 points, made three three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Kate Renner also a three-pointer in the fourth quarter. Renner scored 12 points and Emily White tallied 13 points.

Lady Spartans fall to Red Oak

Centennial’s girls basketball team dropped a tight game Tuesday night at home to Red Oak, 49-46, in a non-district contest.

Ne'Khyria Rogers lead the Lady Spartans with 12 points. Kertisa Amos finished with 11 points and Jolie Johnson added 10 points.

The Lady Spartans (3-6) open play at the Granbury’s Van Griffith Kia Invitational at 1:30 p.m. today against Lubbock Coronado. Centennial plays Tuesday at Saginaw.

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