The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs defeated the visiting Lady Knights of Windsor Academy on Friday by a score of 57-36.
Briarwood got off to a quick start in the first period, racking up eight points before Windsor Academy finally responded with two points of its own. Windsor would be held at that two points for the remainder of the period, however, and Briarwood led 12-2 after the first period.
Briarwood continuedits offensive domination in the second period, adding an additional 12 points while allowing eight, and the first half ended with the Lady Bucs leading 24-10.
Scoring came fast and often in the third period for both teams. Briarwood added 17 points while allowing Windsor to total 19, its best quarter of the evening. After three periods of play, Briarwood continued to lead by a score of 41-29.
“We tried to sub a little bit in the third period, and Windsor Academy started making some shots,” head coach Clayton Parrish said. “Windsor did a good job of not quitting, and taking our turnovers and turning them into points, and it did get kind of close for a while there. But any time you can work on getting some experience for your younger players, that’s always a good thing.”
The Lady Bucs returned to form in the fourth period, adding 16 points to their total while holding the Lady Knights to 7 points, with the score at the final buzzer standing at 57-36.
“I was glad to see us respond, and increase our lead with our defense, which is mainly what we did,” Parrish said. “We created some turnovers and got some good shots that way.”
Tiffany Pate led the scoring for the Lady Bucs, racking up 28 points for the game. Rachel Coxwell was the second-highest scorer, with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Ashlyn Dent and Cameron Stadler each had 6 points, and Brooke McGahee had 3 points for the game.
“Tiffany and Rachel are definitely our two main scorers,” Parrish said. “We look to get the ball to both of them as much as possible.”
“Tiffany’s been playing really well for us, and rebounding really well,” he said. “She doesn’t just rely on her height, either. She does a good job of moving her feet and getting in a good position to get rebounds for us.
“Rachel’s also been a very solid player. She’s been shooting the ball good for us all year, and I actually told her this game that I need her to be a little bit more of a ball hog. She’s been passing the ball a lot, and I’d much rather see her shoot it than throw it away.”
“I just feel like it’s a team sport, and everybody needs a chance (to score),” Coxwell said. “And if I don’t feel like I can hit the shot, I’ll pass it.”
Also last week, the Briarwood girls defeated Thomas Jefferson Academy 45-42 on Thursday.
The victory moved Briarwood to 12-5, 5-1 in the region. The next home is Friday at 6 p.m. against Piedmont.