Lady Elks on 9-5A winning streak
After snapping a 28-game district losing streak Friday at Granbury, Burleson girls basketball coach Curtis Enis wasn’t sure how his team would play Tuesday night in their final District 9-5A game of the year against Joshua.
“My concern going into the game was whether we’d have a left down after a big win at Granbury or if we’d play down to the level of the competition,” Enis said. “I could tell by the way we warmed up that we were ready to play.”
Enis said once the Lady Elks hit some shots they relaxed and played.
The end result was a 68-44 win over the Lady Elks that give Burleson some momentum heading into the holiday dead period. The Lady Elks are on a two-game winning streak.
The Lady Elks (9-8, 2-2) return to action Dec. 28 at the Pilot Point Tournament. In round robin competition, Burleson will play Flower Mound Coram Deo, Sanger, Gunter and Pilot Point. The Lady Elks next district game is Jan. 5 at Everman.
Senior post Jailah Ivory got the Lady Elks off to fast start scoring 11 of her 14 points in the first quarter as Burleson built a 19-7 lead. Freshman guard Maleigha Landers paced Burleson with 15 points. Landers connected on four three-pointers. Junior guard Caitlyn Kirkham finished with 11 points.
“We still have some work to do defensively but I liked our offense and our offensive rebounding,” Enis said. “Defensively we have to close some gaps against guards that are going to attack us. We got exposed a little bit with that tonight.”
Joshua guard Bianca Quintanilla was the major culprit in exposing the Lady Elks defense as she scored a game-high 18 points.
“All and all I thought this was a good game,” Enis said. “Our bench played well, our starters played well and everyone got playing time tonight.”
Burleson 68, Joshua 44
Joshua 7 12 13 12 - 44
Burleson 19 18 15 16 - 68
Joshua (1-12, 0-4): Bianca Quintanilla 18, Ellie Berry 9, Raylee Minich 5, Emily Nichols 4, Adriana Cortez 3. Loya 2, Taylor 2.
Burleson (9-8, 2-2): Maleigha Landers 15, Jailah Ivory 14, Caitlyn Kirkham 11, Kamryn Johnson 8, Madison McCall 6, Sarah Reid 4, Kiersten Harris 3, Carlen Payne 3, Tylee Prater 2, Rylee Moseley 2.
Burleson downs Granbury
The Lady Elks survived a late rally at Granbury Friday night to register their first district win of the season with a 54-53 win over the Lady Pirates.
Burleson led late 54-51 after Rylee Moesley hit one of two free throws. Granbury’s Mandy Withey’s three-point shot was wild but she was fouled.
Withey made the first two free throws but after a timeout missed the third shot. The Lady Elks grabbed the rebound and held on for the win.
The win snapped Burleson’s 28-game district losing streak. The Lady Elks last win came over Everman, 48-39, Dec. 15, 2015.
“I thought we played really well,” Enis said. “Rylee Moseley stepped in as the starting point guard for the missing Caitlyn Kirkham and did a great job.
We played much more inspiring basketball. Our press and half court defense were much better and I thought we did a good job breaking their press and executing our half court offense. It was definitely a team effort tonight. Starters and the bench both contributed to the win.”
The Lady Elks made 18 of 29 free throws in the win.
Jailah Ivory paced Burleson with 18 points. Moseley finished with 10 points, Maleigha Landers scored nine and Sarah Reid had seven points.
Granbury’s Withey led all scorers with 25 points while Maddi Samuelson scored 12 points.
Burleson 54, Granbury 53
Burleson 11 15 12 16 - 54
Granbury 12 9 11 21 - 53
Burleson (8-8, 1-2): Jailah Ivory 18, Rylee Moseley 10, Maleigha Landers 9, Sarah Reid 7, Madison McCall 6, Tylee Prater 2, Kate Renner 2.
Granbury (6-9. 1-2): Mandy Withey 25, Maddi Samuelson 12, Taylor Parrish 6, Kylee Sparks 6, Macie Blohohwiak 4.