Last Saturday night the Lady Bucs lost 52-46 at Westminster in double overtime. “It was very exciting. We competed. I hate to lose, but I think it was one of those games where we gained confidence,” said Lady Bucs Head Coach Tommy Cain. “Sometimes a loss can be as good as a win when you learn. We learned a lot. Especially, fundamentals are very important.” Briarwood Academy trailed 13-6 after the first quarter and then 22-16 at the half. In the third quarter, the Lady Bucs connected for 16 points, their best scoring run of the night, to Westminster’s 6. Going into the final quarter, Briarwood led 32 to 28. But the offensive momentum swung back to Westminster and at the final buzzer the game was tied 38-38. In the first overtime, each team scored 4. However, in the second overtime Westminster pulled ahead and outscored Briarwood 10 to 4. Some of those points came off Westminster shot opportunities after missed free throws. “If you don’t block out on
free throws it kills you. One time they got four shots and two of them came after missed free throws on the same possession,” Cain said. “You can’t do that.” Kennedy Mosley scored 19 to lead the Briarwood offense and Mattie Grae Cheely chipped in 11. “She’s (Mosley) a little bit of everywhere,” he said. “She’s a scorer.” The loss was only the second of the season for the 6-2 Lady Bucs, who were 1-1 in region action heading into this week. Tuesday night they played at Brentwood, however game time was after press time so no information was available. Last Friday, the Lady Bucs traveled to Gibson and defeated Glascock County 52-46. Cain, a veteran coach, was not happy with his team’s performance. “We didn’t play. We played to the competition,” said Cain. The Lady Bucs opened strong by taking a 12-9 lead by the end of the first quarter and had a 25-19 lead at the half. But, Glascock County turned the tables on Briarwood in the third quarter by scoring 11 points to the Lady Bucs’ 3. The scoring was driven by Glascock’s Jacy Usry and Laurissa McKinnie, each supplying 4 points, and Lexi Mitchell hitting a 3-pointer. Heading into the final quarter, the Lady Panthers led 30-28. Cain’s two assistant coaches suggested the Lady Bucs press, and they did. “When we went into that full-court deny press that turned the game around,” Cain said. Following each game Cain picks a player of the game. After the two assistants recommended a full court press, he named them players of the game at the end of the night. “Our girls play better when they’re moving, when they’re pressing and not just standing around. They’ll get after you,” said Cain. Mosley couldn’t be stopped in the fourth quarter as she sank four shots from the field and was 3-of-4 from the foul line. Macie Mauldin, Grace Bridges, and Cheely all contributed to the fourth-quarter scoring to pull out the win for Briarwood. Mosley led scoring against Glascock County with 18 points, Mauldin scored 10, and Bridges 8. For Glascock, Grace Kelley led in points with 12 and McKinnie was close behind with 10. After Tuesday’s trip to Sandersville, the Lady Bucs will be home the rest of the week. “We finally play at home,” said Cain. Friday night the Lady Bucs are home against Monsignor Donovan and then Saturday will be home again to host Nathaniel Greene Academy.