CAPTION: The Burnet Lady Dawgs are looking to add to their winning streak and enter the Class 4A playoffs as District 24-4A’s second seed. They’ll have to beat Lampasas a second time to do it. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography
The Burnet High School girls basketball team crushed Lago Vista 55-34 Feb. 7.
The Lady Dawgs’ win coupled with Lampasas’ 57-50 loss to Jarrell that same night means both teams are District 24-4A’s co-district runners-up at 5-3. That fact also means the two teams will play for the right to represent the district as the second seed at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Copperas Cove High School, 400 S 25th St. in Copperas Cove.
Burnet showed its depth and how far it has grown in the lopsided win against Lago Vista. The Lady Dawgs led 14-11 after the first quarter, 27-19 at the break, and 37-21 after three periods. Few fans would have blamed Burnet for not continuing the fast pace in the final stanza. But that didn’t happen as the Lady Dawgs outscored the Lady Vikings 18-13.
“We were pretty solid in all four quarters,” head coach Rick Gates said. “We won every quarter. Everybody got to play.”
Since the season-ending loss of junior MaeSyn Gay during the 44-22 setback to Lampasas Jan. 10, the Lady Dawgs have had to adjust without her. Gay’s height, speed and jumping ability made her a nightmare to guard. And her ability to run the offense to set up her teammates put opponents at a disadvantage.
Gates said he’s most proud of his players for stepping up and continuing to play at a high level without Gay.
“We were able to make adjustments after losing MaeSyn,” he said. “Not one (single) person was going to come in and make up for what MaeSyn does. It’s up to each of them to do more. Different people are stepping up.”
The Lady Dawgs have won three consecutive games and ended the 55-48 loss to Marble Falls, the eventual district champion, on a 10-2 run. The Lady Mustangs scored four straight 3-pointers to begin what they felt was a must-win contest in order to earn the series split with their county rivals and give themselves an opportunity to win the district crown.
But Burnet’s three victories to end the regular season, especially the 51-38 win against Lampasas Jan. 27, has the Lady Dawgs looking forward to playing more basketball.
“We’ve had some pretty convincing victories,” Gates said. “We feel pretty good about ourselves.”
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