Lady Dawgs open district 1-1

The varsity Lady Bulldogs opened district play last Tuesday night against highly touted Liberty Hill in Burnet. The Lady Panthers are ranked as high as second in state and even have a top 25 national ranking.

Despite all that Burnet went into the game with an early confidence and played very well in the first quarter building an 8-2 lead with just under three minutes remaining in first period. Liberty Hill took their first lead with under a minute remaining in the opener and the quarter ended in the Lady Panthers favor, 13-10.

In the second period Liberty Hill built a much bigger lead until back-to-back three pointers by Marissa Escamilla and Emma Lewis helped to close the gap. The Lady Panthers eventually worked themselves into a 32-21 halftime advantage with several late free-throws.

Burnet moved to within 10 early in the third period after another Lewis bucket from three-point land, but that was as close as the Lady Dawgs would get. Numerous turnovers to end the third left Burnet not only frustrated but down, 60-32 with only eight minutes to play.

Escamilla scored all of Burnet’s fourth period points, including four free-throws out of six attempts, but the spoils went to the Lady Panthers who moved their record to 17-1 with a 71-40 win.

Escamilla was Burnet’s leading scorer with 21 points. She was followed by Lewis, nine; Izzy Ramon, six; Trynadee Greenwell, three; and Lyndsi Woods, one.

On Friday night Burnet traveled to Taylor and brought home a well fought victory to move their 19-4A district record to 1-1. Taylor was a good group and outscored Burnet 18-13 in the first period to take the early lead. Burnet fought back in the second scoring 20 points to take a 33-32 lead at the break. Ramon had a fantastic performance in the second period going four for four at the line, while adding a three-pointer and two other buckets from the field for 11.

Burnet added 22 more points in the third while holding Taylor to 19 to keep their lead going into the final period. The Lady Dawgs outscored the Lady Ducks 20-15 in the fourth to capture the 75-66 win.

Burnet’s leading scorers included Escamilla with 27 points, followed by Ramon, 18; Lewis, 10; Greenwell, 10; Reagan Giesenschlag, five; Jayci Craig, three; and Kathleen Fipps, two.

Ramon had a fantastic showing at the free-throw line going eight for eight on the evening.

The Lady Dawgs played at Lago Vista on Monday and will host the BTX Holiday Classic on Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 28-30. They will resume district play on Tuesday, Jan. 3 when they host Salado.


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