Lady Elks roll to tournament title
There was plenty for Burleson’s girls basketball team to be thankful about on Thanksgiving day after the Lady Elks won the Lake Country Christian Tournament last Monday and Tuesday.
The Lady Elks won pair of games each day to claim the title. It was the first championship for Burleson coach Curtis Enis since he took over the program last season.
“I thought we started to come together as a team at the Lake Country Christian Tournament,” Enis said. “We got better each game we played. Our execution on offense was better and our team defense was much better. We were able to break the opponents presses very efficiently and find the open girl and finish on the offensive end. I’m very proud of the overall effort of the team.”
Jailah Ivory was honored as the tournament MVP while Carlen Payne and Sarah Reid were all-tournament selections.
Last Monday, the Burleson advanced to the semifinals with wins of The Woodlands’ John Cooper School and Temples’ Central Texas School.
Ivory paced the Lady Elks with 18 points and Payne added 13 points in Burleson’s 66-29 opening-round victory over John Cooper. Holding a slim 15-11 lead after one quarter, the Lady Elks went on a 51-18 run to finish things out.
In its next game, Burleson topped Central Texas Christian, 58-27, as Payne scored 13 points and Ivory finished with 11 points. Raquel Jacobo and Emily Holmes each scored eight points.
The Elks defense held the Lady Lions to single-digit scoring in each quarter. Burleson led 37-9 at halftime and outscored Central Texas Christian, 22-18.
In the semifinals, Burleson downed the Parker-Tarrant Home School, 43-36, in a hard-fought game. The Lady Warriors held a 19-15 lead at halftime. The Lady Elks took charge in the third quarter using a 16-8 run to take a 31-29 lead. Burleson outscored the Home School, 12-9, in the fourth to win.
Payne led Burleson with a game-high 16 points and Jacobo finished with 12 points. Sasha Schoenborne added seven points.
In the title game, Ivory scored a game-high 20 points and Payne tallied 17 points in a the 58-48 win over the Lake Country Christian.
After three quarters of play, Burleson held a slim 33-30 advantage. The Lady Elks put the game away in the fourth using a 25-18 run.
Beginning today, the Lady Elks host the 10-team Lady Elks Classic. Burleson plays Wolforth Frenship today at 12:30 p.m. and Saginaw at 5 p.m. The Lady finish pool play Friday with games against Fort Worth All Saints at 10 a.m. and Lake Country Christian at 2:30 p.m.
“We have some really good teams coming to our tournament this year,” Enis said. “Frenship, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Waco University have very strong teams this year. Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Lake Country Christian, Saginaw and Wichita Falls are very athletic teams that can cause a lot of teams trouble with their athleticism. All Saints, Dallas Adamson and us are much improved teams from last year. I think the tournament is going to be very competitive this year.”
Burleson opens District 9-5A play Tuesday hosting Arlington Seguin.