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Burnett’s 1,000th point; Lady Chargers 6-2

by Tom Chillemi

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Middlesex High School girls basketball coach William Griffin (left) and assistant coach Karen Lewis (right) present Ashae Burnett with the game ball after she scored her 1000th point last week.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
The Middlesex girls basketball team improved to 6-2 with easy wins over Essex and Rappahannock last week.

Middlesex forward Ashae Burnett scored the 1,000th point of her career as the Lady Chargers tromped visiting Essex 89-35 on Dec. 17.

Burnett is a fourth-year starter, who coach William Griffin described as “the ultimate team player.”

In her first two years, Burnett played behind 1,000-point standout Patricia Price. “She was not the go-to person and her scoring went largely unnoticed,” said Coach Griffin.

However, Burnett was consistently scoring 280 to 300 points each season, “quietly doing her job,” as well as collecting rebounds, said Griffin.

Last year Burnett scored almost 400 points, and when the 2008 season started seven games ago, Burnett had 875 points.

“She’s accepted that she is the go-to person for scoring this year,” said Griffin. “Even though Ashae can dominate a game, being the team player that she is she doesn’t take over every game. She wants her whole team to get into the action and that improves their confidence.”

Griffin has said repeatedly that this year’s team is “the best team” he’s had in his five years as coach at Middlesex High. “I now have five scorers,” he said. “If one gets down, another picks it up.”

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Middlesex guard Brianna Brooks shoots over an Essex defen-der.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
Going into the Essex game, Burnett needed 28 points to make 1,000. Griffin said he didn’t tell Burnett’s teammates when she got close to the 1,000-point mark. Griffin said if they had known, they might have given the ball to Burnett more than they normally do. “It makes me proud to have a group like this. They are very unselfish.”

Against Essex, Burnett scored 29 points, and Brianna Brooks and Kimberly Ammons each added 11.

Amanda Brown scored 10 points, including a 3-pointer; Katrina Reed connected for 7 points; Tanicka Kimble made 4 points; Micah Reed and Whitney Walton had 3 points apiece; and Kristen Andrews added 2 points.

Middlesex 76, RHS 29

Against Rappahannock on Dec. 18, Griffin substituted freely after the starters built a 30-2 lead in the first quarter.

The reserves scored 11 points in the second quarter and 10 in the fourth quarter in the 76-29 win.

Kiersten Baylor led the Lady Chargers with 24 points and 10 rebounds; Micah Reed added 13 points and 15 rebounds; and Ashae Burnett was good for 11 points.

Also for Middlesex, Katrina Reed had 7 points, Chelsea Lewter 5, Megan Payne 4, Kimberly Ammons, 4, Tanicka Kimble, 3, Brianna Brooks 2, and Whitney Walton 1.

Tournament

During the MHS Holiday Basketball Tournament (click here) on Friday, Dec. 26, and Saturday, Dec. 27, the Lady Chargers (6-2) will get two more games to prepare for Tidewater District play, which begins on January 5 at Colonial Beach and continues on January 8 at King William. 

posted 12.23.2008

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