2019-02-06 / Sports

Burke County wraps up season, prepare for region playoffs


The Burke County High School Bears and Lady Bears finished out their regular season on their home court on Tuesday, Jan. 29, against Thomson High School. The boys were defeated by a close 57-54 while the girls pulled out a big win, 57-31.

During senior night festivities, Lady Bears basketball players receiving recognition were Kianni Westbrook, Qua’Neshia Hamilton, Ar’nyya Walden and Brikya Benjamin as well as manager Naloni Moore. Seniors Jahleel Roundtree, Tyreek Brihm, Devin Wilson, Chris Singfield and Makell Allen were honored for their leadership on the boys’ team.

This week, both teams begin play in the region tournament. The boys faced Cross Creek High School in the first round of the playoffs last night (Tuesday) at Thomson, but results were not available at press time. The winner of that game will move on to the next round to face Baldwin in at BCHS on Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m.

The girls are scheduled to play on Thursday at BCHS at 7 p.m. and will face the winner of the Thomson/ARC match, which was also held yesterday.

In their final game of the regular season, the girls were able to use multiple defense that allowed for easy baskets. “Rebounding has been a focus for us as we head into the region tournament, and we were able to work on that aspect of the game,” said head coach Leslie Lawrence. “We expect to play well during the tournament, and hopefully we can win back-to-back region championships.”

Westbrook led the Lady Bears to their victory with 15 points. Benjamin posted 12, Hamilton, 11, and Tyasia Freeman, 9.

Purvis Dukes, head coach for the Bears, said they are playing better. “We just have to learn how to finish,” he said, adding that missed foul shots played a big part in the game’s outcome.

Wilson was on top of the leader board with 13 points. Sophomores James Mable and Bobby Little posted 11 an 10, respectively.

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