The Butler Bulldogs won both the boys’ and girls’ Southwestern 4A Conference Basketball Tournaments Friday night.
The girls defeated Myers Park 66-35. Cierra Burdick led the Bulldogs with 27 points. Junior Jaymee Fisher-Davis scored 17 and Senior Jadda Atkinson hit for 13. Even with the impressive win Burdick feels the team needs to improve for the post-season.
“We need to get stronger with the ball. We were bobbling the ball too much tonight. We played well on defense, but we gave up too many three’s. We’ve got to work on closing out possessions and watching the shooters better.”
The win makes the Butler girls’ record this season 27-0. They also have a 39-game winning streak dating back to last season.
The Butler boys’ beat South Meck 77-53 on Friday to take their second straight conference title. Senior Marcus Burton scored 27 points to lead all players. Senior Anthony Stitt had 13 points and junior Zach Ferguson added 11.
South Meck started out with a strong, physical game and took a three-point lead into the second quarter. The Bulldogs then used their quickness and full-court press to grab multiple steals which led to transition points. Butler outscored the Sabres 43-22 in the middle two quarters to break the game open.
“When you have senior guards like we have, you’re able to execute the plays you want,” says Butler Head Coach Kurt Wessler. “We made multiple defensive adjustments that turned the game. Our guards accomplished what we wanted to do, closing the trap, creating turnovers, and dictating which opponents will shoot the ball.”
Wessler was also impressed with the performance of his young bench players.
“It’s unbelieveable. We were running ten guys tonight. Game after game, third and fourth quarters, we have been able to put it on people. That is a direct compliment to our bench.”
Both Butler’s girls’ and boys’ teams will begin the North Carolina state playoffs next week at home.