Turnovers cost Lady Elks
Needing a win to stay in the District 9-5A playoff hunt, Burleson’s girls basketball team suffered a tough home loss to Everman, 41-29, Tuesday night.
The problem for the Lady Elks (14-15, 4-8) was that they committed 31 turnovers. Burleson needed a win to have a hope of finishing fourth in the district. The Lady Elks play at Centennial Friday and host Cleburne Tuesday night to end district play.
The loss ended Burleson’s two-game district winning streak.
“It was a big game. We talked about it as kind of a breaking point for the season and how, if we won, we’d be right back in the mix,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “We came out flat just like we did at Joshua.”
After falling behind 7-0 early in the first quarter, Burleson’s Caitlyn Kirkham scored all seven of her team-high points to cut Everman’s lead to 9-7.
The Lady Elks trailed 19-14 with less than two minutes when miscues on back-to-back possessions hurt them badly. A pair of turnovers led to layups and a 23-14 halftime lead for Everman. The Lady Elks turned the ball over 19 times in the first half and finished with 31 turnovers.
We made some adjustments and tried to make some runs but the turnover virus has resurfaced in us,” Enis said. Those turnovers were a lot of our own miscues.”
Everman outscored Burleson, 18-15, in the second half to register the win.
Rylee Moseley, Sarah Reid and Kate Renner each scored five points for Burleson.
Everman’s Trinitee Alexander and Loryn Wooden finished 14 points each.
Lady Spartans drop Joshua
The Lady Elks collected their second consecutive victory Friday night with a 50-40 win at Joshua.
“I thought we played pretty well defensively in the first half and executed well offensively, we just couldn’t make many shots,” Enis said. “We crashed the offensive glass well and were able to get multiple shots to compensate for our cold shooting.”
Burleson used a 14-9 second-quarter run to take a 23-16 halftime lead. In the third quarter, the Lady Elks took a 37-24 lead thanks to a 14-8 scoring run.
“We shot the ball better in the second half to help us extend the lead,” Enis said.
Caitlyn Kirkham led Burleson in scoring with 18 points. Carlen Payne and Sarah Reid each scored seven points.