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Mattie Grae Cheely dashes down the court for a layup against Nathanael Greene Academy last Friday at Briarwood.

Briarwood Academy’s Lady Bucs produced a big win at home Friday night, but struggled Saturday in Augusta.

This past Friday, Briarwood defeated Nathanael Greene Academy 53-10.

Mattie Grae Cheely led Briarwood in scoring  with 14 points and Kennedy Mosley supplied 13.

“With our offensive design, our post players and guards should get a lot of points because they’re running. We want to run the ball and try to beat the other team down the court,” said Briarwood Head Coach Tommy Cain.  “Of course Mattie Grae had a lot of layups because she was beating everybody down there, and Kennedy would get down there. She’s (Mosley) going to be a heck of a player, she’s just an eighth grader.”

Then, on the road, the Lady Bucs lost 39-29 Saturday night at Westminster.

Cain said the Westminster coach, Greg Wilson, previously coached at Augusta University and has built a good team.

“Those are the kind of people that we need to be playing,” said Cain.

“We didn’t play very well, but Westminster had a lot to do with that,” said Cain. “They played a good man-to-man defense and they’ve got one player that’s really good, she can make something happen with the ball.”

The Briarwood Coach said  Mosley did well as a post player by supplying 13 of the team’s 29 points.

Kylie Parham, who has proven to be a key scorer for the Lady Bucs this season, was out with the flu and missed both weekend games.

After weekend action, the Lady Bucs carried a 5-2 record into the week and Cain only needed three more wins to reach 600 career wins.

He hopes to reach that milestone sometime this season.

“It’s because of these young ladies I’ve coached, and the young men, that I’ve coached,” said Cain. “I know the only reason I’m getting that many wins is because I have been coaching a long time.”

Tuesday the Lady Bucs played Brentwood, however the game was after press time for this issue of the McDuffie Progress. Monday Cain said Brentwood always has a good program, is the defending region champion, and going into the season most people picked them to repeat as region champs.

 “I’m just trying to get this program built, and it’s a process. My girls are working hard and doing everything I ask them to do. We’ve just got to build the program up,” Cain added. “We’re trying to get Briarwood basketball back to where it used to be.”

The Lady Bucs will be home again this weekend as they host Thomas Jefferson Academy Friday evening and then Piedmont Academy Saturday afternoon.

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