Lady Elks come up short in overtime
When Caitlyn Kirkham hit a pair of free throws with 19 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, Burleson’s girl’s basketball team seemed on the verge of snapping a 24-game district losing streak.
After Everman couldn’t get off a final shot in regulation the odds seemed even better for the Lady Elks.
In overtime, things soured for Burleson as the Lady Elks couldn’t score and Everman could. The Lady Bulldogs scored eight overtime points to win, 38-30, in a District 8-5A game at Everman.
“In overtime, we rushed our first three possessions and turned it over, then we had to start fouling,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “We knew the game would hinge on our ability to rebound their first shot and execute on offense. We did that pretty well but just gave up a couple too many offensive rebounds.”
The Lady Elks last win came Dec. 15, 2015, at home over Everman, 48-39. Burleson (9-20, 0-12) hosts Centennial Friday for senior night and plays Tuesday at Cleburne to end the season.
Burleson trailed Everman, 27-20, headed into the fourth quarter. In the final stanza, the Lady Elks used a 10-3 run to force overtime.
Carlen Payne led the Lady Elks with 10 points. Raquel Jacobo and Lexi Parr each scored six points.
Everman 38, Burleson 30 OT
Burleson 10 5 5 10 0 - 30
Everman 12 5 10 3 8 - 38
Burleson (9-20, 0-12): Carlen Payne 10, Raquel Jacobo 6, Lexi Parr 6, Sarah Reid 4, Caitlyn Kirkham 3, Jailah Ivory 1.
Everman (14-11, 3-9): Donetria McGee 11, Makayla Adams 8, Dannistry Powell 7, Loryn Wooden 6, Trinitee Alexander 4, Mia Johnson 2.
Lady Elks come up short
For three quarters, the Lady Elks played with fire and determination at home against Joshua.
Burleson led 51-49 going into the fourth quarter only to see things fall apart as the Lady Owls pulled away for a 65-54 lead.
The Lady Elks scored the first points of the fourth quarter then the Lady Owls went on a 11-0 run to take a 60-52 lead.
“I thought it was as close to us playing four quarters as well as we can play,” Enis said. “I was really proud of the kids in their execution of the press break and execution of our half court offense. We did a good job also in the rebounding department and we shot over 50 percent from the free-throw line which is a lot better than we had been.”
The problem was Joshua just played lights out offense, Enis said. The Lady Owls hit 16-of-18 free throws and 11 three-pointers. Joshua’s Sarah Chretian finished with a game-high 34 points.
“We played the game with a purpose on defense and really shared the ball on offense.” Enis said. “It was a really good game for us and I am very proud of my team.”
Carlen Payne led the Lady Elks with 17 points. Lexi Parr scored 13 points and Sarah Reid added 10 points.
Joshua 65, Burleson 54
Joshua 12 17 20 16 - 65
Burleson 17 16 18 3 - 54
Joshua (10-11, 4-7):Sarah Chretien 34, Lexi Schuman 11, Devanie Lail 9, Kendyl Brooks 4, Logan Jones 3, Emily Nichols 2 Marissa Valles 2.
Burleson (9-19, 0-11): Carlen Payne 17, Lexi Parr 13, Sarah Reid 10, Jailah Ivory 8, Caitlyn Kirkham 6.