Tough tournament field awaits Lady Elks
Burleson girls basketball coach Curtis Enis was hoping to use Tuesday’s non-district home game against Fort Worth All Saints as an opportunity to get ready for the Bruce Lowrie Invitational.
But a scheduling glitch left the Lady Elks with no game Tuesday. All Saints coach had the game slated for Dec. 28 instead of Nov. 28.
“I was hoping we’d get on a roll and clean things up tonight because the tournament is going to be very tough for us,” Enis said. “I wanted to play those tough teams because, if you don’t get up for them, they are going to embarrass you.”
The Lady Elks open play today against Waco University at 10:30 a.m. then face Brock at 3 p.m. Friday, Burleson plays Saginaw Chisholm Trail at 10:30 a.m.
Thanks to a solid booster club, Enis doesn’t have to worry about anything this weekend except coaching. The booster club was able to gain a sponsor in Bruce Lowrie which provided money for the tournament.
“The booster club is doing everything,” Enis said. “They are providing all the workers, paying for the trophies and the officials. We have a really good group of parents who are supportive. It has a really been nice.”
The tournament is the Lady Elks final tune up before District 9-5A play opens Tuesday at Arlington Seguin.
Enis said he is a bit nervous about going into district play because that’s when everyone turns up their game.
“We are kind of young and inexperienced for the most part and I don’t know how we are going to react,” Enis said. “I see competitiveness in this group that tells me they are going to fight. That’s something the last couple of groups haven’t had. We may get down but we are going to play all four quarters.”
Before going into to Thanksgiving break, the Lady Elks finished third at the Lake Country Christian Tournament. Senior post Sarah Reid was an all-tournament selection.
But Enis wasn’t that happy with the way his team played during the four-game span.
“I didn’t think we really played as we well as we have,” Enis said. “I thought we played in a lot of ways to the level of our competition. We made silly mistakes at times. We didn’t execute on a consistent basis. We were like a roller coaster. I was kind of disappointed in our consistency of good basketball.”
The Lady Elks defeated Fort Worth Christian, 43-29, Nov. 21 to place third. Carlen Payne scored a game-high 12 points in the win. Jailah Ivory finished with eight points and Caitlyn Kirkham had seven assists.
Burleson used an 18-7 third-quarter run to expand a 15-12 hafltime lead.
In the semifinals, Burleson fell to Dallas Bishop Dunne, 55-52. The Lady Elks trailed 44-37 after three periods of play. Burleson outscored Dunne, 15-11, in the fourth quarter but couldn’t come up with the win.
Kirkham paced the Lady Elks with 15 points and also grabbed nine rebounds. Ivory scored 14 points and Reid had eight rebounds.
On the first day of the tournament, Burleson registered victories over White Settlement Brewer and Fort Worth All Saints.
In their opener, the Lady Elks downed Brewer, 39-35, scoring 10 points in the final period to win. Burleson went on a 16-7 third-quarter run to overcome a 22-13 halftime deficit.
Reid scored a game-high 13 points. Kirkham tallied 10 points and four assists. Maleigh Landers had a nice game, scoring nine on three three-pointers. She also finished with six rebounds and seven steals.
The Lady Elks, behind 10 first-half points from Sarah Reid, defeated All Saints, 49-36. Rylee Mosely scored nine points and had 10 rebounds. Reid also grabbed 10 rebounds. Madison McCall finished with eight points.