2018-12-05 / Sports

Burke County hoopsters win one, lose one in their season openers

DIANA ROYAL


Jahleel Roundtree put up 24 points for the Bears on Friday night. Jahleel Roundtree put up 24 points for the Bears on Friday night. Basketball season kicked off for Burke County High School last week, with the girls varsity team pulling a 46-36 victory and the boys suffering a 70-55 loss in their games against Greenbrier High School.

Girls head coach Leslie Lawrence said the group did a good job overall. “We were able to get some stops defensively to seal the victory. We have some things to work on that will make us better, however, for this being our first game, the effort was there.”

The Lady Bears seemed evenly matched to the Lady Wolfpack of Greenbrier, trailing by just one point as the first quarter ended. They'd outscore them in the second, 15-10, and fall shy one point again in the third. In the fourth, the Lady Bears picked up momentum, outscoring their opponent by nearly double, 15-8.

Qua’Neshia Hamilton racked up 19 points against Greenbrier, pulled down 7 rebounds and earned 3 steals. Kianni Westbrook led the team in rebounds with 15 and also had 9 points and 6 steals. Breanna Bynes had 9 points and 4 steals.


Kianni Westbrook scored 15 points for the Lady Bears against Greenbrier. Kianni Westbrook scored 15 points for the Lady Bears against Greenbrier. In the boys loss against Greenbrier, head coach Purvis Dukes said they got off to a great start, with Jahleel Roundtree scoring all 13 points in the Bears' 13-10 lead after the first quarter – the first time that’s ever happened in Dukes’ coaching career.

“I thought for the first half of the game we played well enough to win, but at the three minute mark of the third quarter, some things changed. We gave up a four-point play and were never able to recover from it,” he said, adding that in reviewing film, Greenbrier’s experience seemed to take over. “It looked as though they were playing their fifth game and we were just opening up. We have to get better defensively, and the guys have to make some shots in order for us to win.”

Roundtree led the Bears with a total of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 13 blocks. Bobby Little scored 9 points and Roderick McBride, 8. Dexter Jones contributed 5 rebounds. McBride led the team in assists with 7 and was also 4-4 from the foul line.

Burke County played Evans yesterday (Tuesday, Dec. 4), but results were unavailable at press time. Up next, they’ll travel to Grovetown to face Greenbrier once again, this Friday, Dec. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, they’ll host Widner-Barrow at home, with games beginning at 4 p.m.

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