Lady Bucs leave Philips Arena with win
By Brian Bowden

On as big a stage as it gets for the sport, the Briarwood varsity girls basketball team secured a victory over the Lady Rams of Covenant, 48-31.
The Lady Bucs (18-1) were the visiting team at Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, on Friday afternoon and left with a win that gave Head Coach Keith Johnson and his team 15 wins-in-a-row.
The following night, on Saturday, they got win number 16 in-a-row against the Lady Cougars of Piedmont at home.
Although Friday afternoon's game started off shaky for both teams involved, it smoothed out for Briarwood after the first half. "We only had 12 [points] in the first quarter, which is kind of unusual for us." said Johnson. "It kind of took us a while to adapt to shooting in the arena a little bit." The Lady Bucs outscored the Lady Rams 12-4 and 13-2 in the first and second quarter, but the stats looked nothing like what fans have been accustomed to seeing from the team so far this season. "Literally that rim looked like a golf hole," said Johnson. "These gyms we play in [at home] are so tiny."
Briarwood's leading scorers, on Friday, were senior Malia Kency with 25 points and senior Tiffany Pate with 17. Kency also went a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line, while Pate went 3-for-4. Also contributing for the Lady Bucs were Kaycie Kersey and Taylor Johnson who each had three apiece. That's about as far as it goes, offensively, for Briarwood. "Shooting was a little off for us," said Johnson. "Really, neither team shot the ball well."

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