Lady Elks start slow, fall short at Cleburne
After playing a tight game with Centennial, Burleson’s girls basketball team was looking to get back on track Friday night at Cleburne.
That didn’t happen.
Instead, the Lady Elks got off to a slow start and never recovered as the Lady Yellow Jackets handed Burleson a 47-31 District 9-5A loss at Cleburne.
“We started the game cold and they were red hot for the first half,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “This was the worst first half I have seen us play this year. I didn’t see this coming because the kids have been working really hard in practice and have been doing some really good things. We got the looks we wanted but just couldn’t get anything to fall.”
The loss dropped Burleson (12-12, 2-5) into a tie for sixth place with Cleburne at the end of the first half of district play. The Lady Elks are two games behind fourth-place Everman and a game-behind fifth-place Granbury.
Cleburne all but put the game away in the first half. The Lady Jackets outscored Burleson, 17-5, in the first quarter and led 25-12 at halftime.
Jayla Johnson, who finished with a game-high 15 points for Cleburne, scored seven points in the first half while Taylor Coleman (12 points) tossed in eight first-half points.
Freshman Maleigha Landers paced the Lady Elks with eight points. Carlen Payne scored six points while Caitlyn Kirkham and Rylee Moseley added four points each.