Lady Elks drop district opener
It might be best for Burleson’s girls basketball team to erase all memories of Tuesday’s District 9-5A season-opener against Arlington Seguin.
Playing at home, the Lady Elks scored as many points in the first half as the Lady Cougars were able to rack up in the first four minutes of the game.
Thanks in part to 24 first-half turnovers Seguin downed Burleson, 82-17, on the Lady Elks’ home court.
The Lady Elks (0-1 in district) never scored more than five points in a quarter. Jailah Ivory, who tallied a team-high eight points, scored Burleson’s first points with 4:25 to play in the first quarter.
By that time, Seguin held a 8-2 lead.
When the Burleson scored its next points on a shot by Cailtlyn Kirkham with 57 seconds to play in the first quarter, the Lady Cougars held a 25-4 advantage.
Seguin led 59-8 at halftime. After pressing the whole first half, the Lady Cougars pulled back and worked on their half-court offense. Burleson was outscored 23-9 in the second half.
Timia Jefferson led Seguin in scoring with 26 points. Darnesha Ferguson scored 20 points and Sumaiyah AbdurRahim chipped in 16 points.
Burleson returns to district play Tuesday at Crowley.
Lady Elks gets needed playing time
The Lady Elks hosted the Lady Elks Classic over the weekend.
Burleson finished in sixth place after falling to Waco University 54-52 Saturday. Despite 18 fourth quarter points the Lady Elks couldn’t pick up the win.
All-Tournament player Carlen Payne scored a scored a game-high 22 points.
“Playing five games in three days was a big plus for us,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “We have 12 players on the varsity and it allowed me to get them all some good court time. I need to get them on film so I can show them what their strengths and weaknesses are.”
In pool play on last Thursday and Friday, the Lady Elks went 2-2.
“I think the tournament was a huge success because everyone got five competitive games, so they can evaluate their players and make any adjustments before district play begins,” Enis said.
Burleson behind 10 points from Sarah Reid defeated Saginaw, 52-36, last Thursday. Carlen Payne and Sasha Schoenborne each scored eight points and Emily Holmes added seven.
Also on Thursday, eventual championship Wolforth Frenship beat Burleson, 75-29. Emily Holmes scored a team-high seven points. Jailah Ivory finished with six points while Schoenborne and Caitlyn Kirkham scored five each.
Friday, Burleson opened the day with a 56-25 win over Fort Worth All Saints. The Lady Elks pulled out to 29-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. Ivory led Burleson in scoring with 13 points. Payne chipped in 12 points. Raquel Jacobo and Reid scored nine points each.
In their final pool play game. Burleson lost to Lake Country Christian 54-48. Payne scored 16 points while Jacobo, Kirkham and Reid each tallied five points.
Enis said the efforts of his booster club made the tournament possible.
“Our booster club did a great job running the concession stand and providing food for the hospitality room,” Enis aid. “I’m really proud of the parents and players in our program that worked or provided food to help raise money for our kids.”