Late lapses cost Lady Elks
Burleson girls basketball coach Curtis Enis said his team played well for the first six minutes of each quarter Tuesday night in the Lady Elks’ District 9-5A opener at Arlington Seguin.
The problem for the Lady Elks was the final two minutes when things didn’t go their way.
What happened in those eight minutes was the difference in the game, Enis said as the Lady Elks fell to the Lady Cougars, 63-52.
“I thought we played extremely well for most of the game,” Enis said. “It was just the closing of a quarter we have problems on defense and offense. We just couldn’t finish out quarters. The accumulation of the end of each of those quarters was pretty much the margin that we lost by.”
Seguin (12-5, 1-0) outscored Burleson in each of the first three quarters as the Lady Cougars built a 53-35 lead. In the final quarter, the Lady Elks (6-7, 0-1) went on a 16-10 run to finish the game.
Burleson had four players hit double digit scoring in the loss. Caitlyn Kirkham finished with 13 points while Maleigha Landers and Jailah Ivory each scored 11 and Sarah Reid tallied 10 points.
Seguin’s Sumaiyah Abdur-Rahim led all scorers with 20 points and Timia Jefferson finished with 17 points.
“The effort was there,” Enis said. “Every player was involved in the game. We just had a couple of lapses. If we can clean those up we have a chance to be a playoff team. Our defense has to become more of a priority.”
The Lady Elks return to 9-5A action Tuesday night hosting Crowley. Burleson plays at Granbury Dec. 15 and hosts Joshua Dec. 19.
Arlington Seguin 63, Burleson 53
Burleson 16 11 8 16 - 52
Seguin 19 15 19 10 - 63
Burleson (6-7, 0-1): Caitlyn Kirkham 13; Maleigha Landers 11; Jailah Ivory 11; Sarah Reid 10; Kiersten Harris 4; Madison McCall 2; Carlen Payne 2
Arlington Seguin (12-5, 1-0): Sumaiyah Abdur-Rahim 20; Timia Jefferson 17; Londyn Buckner 8; Keiana Jackson 7; Trintee Cannon 4; Kelsie Chambers 2; Arionna Williams 2.
Bruce Lowrie Invitational
Over the weekend, the Lady Elks hosted the Bruce Lowrie Invitational. The Lady Elks finished sixth, losing to Lake Country Christian on Saturday. Wolfforth Frenship topped Brock to win the title and Everman defeated Mansfield Lake Ridge for third place.
“I thought the tournament ran very smoothly,” Enis said. “We had some great competition at the tournament. I can’t say enough about our Lady Elk Basketball Booster Club which made the three days awesome. Also a special thanks to all the sponsors that either donated money or food for the concession stand or hospitality room.”
Landers, a freshman, was named to the all-tournament team as the Lady Elks posted a record of 1-3 at the tournament.
“I thought we played well at times and then there were times we just didn’t play very well at all,” Enis said. “For the most part, we had slow starts and then would usually mount a big comeback. We are still a work in progress, but I like how our kids are working and the chemistry on this team. They truly care about how they play and want to be a good team.”
After getting off to the slow start in their opener, the Lady Elks outscored Waco University, 43-13, in the second half to register a 64-45 win Thursday.
Burleson trailed 31-31 at halftime, then went on a 25-3 third-quarter run to take a 46-34 lead. The Lady Elks outscored the Lady Trojans, 18-10, in the fourth quarter.
Landers and Ivory each scored 15 points in the win. Lander hit four three-pointers. Kirkham finished with nine points and Carlen Payne scored seven points.
In their second game on Thursday, the Lady Elks fell to Brock, 53-43. Burleson managed nine points in each of the first three quarters to trail, 36-27. In the fourth quarter, the
Lady Elks went on a 20-17 run but it wasn’t enough to collect the win.
Landers, who made three three-pointers, led the Lady Elks with 15 points. Kirkham and Tylee Prater each score seven points while Rylee Moseley and Madison McCall each finished with six points.
Friday, the Lady Elks fell to Saginaw Chisholm Trail, 45-29, in their final pool-play game.
Burleson got off to a slow start, falling behind, 17-2, after one quarter of play. In the final three quarters, Chisholm Trail outscored the Lady Elks, 28-27.
Payne paced the Lady Elks with eight points. Ivory finished with five points while Landers and Kate Renner scored four points.
Playing on Saturday, Burleson fell to Lake Country Christian, 65-60.
Lake Country Christian outscored Burleson, 18-6, in the second quarter to take a 34-22 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Lady Elks outscored the Lady Eagles, 38-31.
Kirkham had a big game, hitting three three-pointers on the way to 19 points, Landers connected on four three-pointers to finish with 14 points.