Lady Dawgs hoop it up at Christmas classic

Over the holiday break the Burnet varsity Lady Bulldog basketball team hosted the BTX Christmas Classic which drew in five additional schools from all over Central Texas. Burnet was joined by San Angelo Lake View, Jarrell, Fredericksburg, Waco Robinson, and Canyon Lake. The Lady Dawgs finished with the second best record at the round robin style tourney, 3-1, but they never got a chance at the only team that finished unbeaten which was Robinson.
The Lady Dawgs kicked off their two day tournament with a game against San Angelo Lake View. Lake View is a 5A school with a large enrollment of around 2,100 but the Lady Dawgs didn’t allow numbers to stand in their way.
The first quarter between the Lady Dawgs and the Maidens was close but Burnet began to pull away when Izzy Ramon hit a three-pointer to give Burnet a four point lead. At that point the Lady Dawgs went on a 12-4 run to close out the quarter with a 26-14 lead. Burnet knocked down four three-pointes in the opener and were a perfect six for six at the line.
Team green’s scoring slowed a bit in the second but they did enough to keep a comfortable lead at the break, 34-20.
To start the third Ramon and Emma Lewis took turns working outside the arc hitting back-to-back-to-back treys increasing the girl’s lead to 43-22. It was again a three-point show with Burnet hitting five in the period and going into the fourth the Lady Dawgs led, 56-41.
The fourth started off extremely rocky for Burnet and fans were left feeling uneasy when a 15 point lead shrunk to five in a matter of three minutes. A Marissa Escamilla bucket finally broke the scoreless spell and Burnet went on to win what turned out to be a close game, 65-59.
Escamilla led all scorers with 21 points. She was followed by Lewis, 17; Ramon, 16; Reagan Giesenschlag, four; Jayci Craig., three; and Lyndsi Woods, three.
The Lady Dawgs also played Jarrell on Thursday. Burnet had a 17-16 lead after one and went into the break on top 35-30, but it was easy to see that the Lady Cougars were a very capable team.
Early in the third Jarrell took their first lead of the contest, and even though Burnet reclaimed the top position a couple of times the Lady Cougars carried a 47-43 lead going into the final eight minutes of play.
A Ramon three-pointer put Burnet on top 51-50 momentarily, but it didn’t last and team green suffered a 62-58 loss.
Escamilla led Burnet’s scorers with 18 points, she was a perfect six of six from the line. Lewis finished with 16, followed by Ramon, 10; Trynadee Greenwell, nine; and Giesenschlag, five.
Mid-day Friday Burnet resumed play with Fredericksburg on deck. The Lady Billies brought a scrappy bunch to town and they built a 10-7 lead after the first.
Burnet went back to work on the outside with more shots from beyond the arc including a Greenwell three at the one minute mark that tied the game at 20-20. The Lady Billies cashed in one more bucket before the break and took a 22-20 lead into the locker room.
Burnet went on a 13-5 run in the third and closed out the quarter with a 33-27 lead.
Several Lady Dawgs were tested down the stretch at the charity stripe and Burnet came through collecting a 51-35 win for their efforts moving them to 2-1 in the tourney.
Escamilla scored 20 in the game, followed by Lewis, 13; Ramon, 12; Greenwell, three; and Giesenschlag, two.
The Lady Dawgs began their fourth and final game in explosive fashion. Burnet used buckets by Lewis, Ramon, Giesenschlag, and Escamilla to take a 15-0 lead over Canyon Lake. Burnet continued their dominance and held a 22-4 lead after one.
The Lady Hawks settled down and did better in the second but Burnet still had control at the halftime buzzer, 31-20.
Ramon bucketed five quick points to kick-off the second half of play and was aided by five other teammate scores to improve their lead to, 47-24 going into the final quarter of play.
It was more dominance by Burnet in the fourth and Craig put the final points on the board with an offensive rebound and put-back to close out the game, 55-31.
Escamilla led Burnet’s scorers with 18 points. She was followed by Ramon, 13; Lewis, eight; Giesenschlag, four; Kathleen Fipps, three; Craig, two; Kiley Burton, two; and Woods, two.
Greenwell and Kianna Moss also contributed to Burnet’s success.
The Lady Dawgs captured two spots on the All Tournament list with Marissa Escamilla and Emma Lewis accepting the honors.
The 3-1 tournament performance moves the Lady Dawgs overall record to 13-9. They returned to district play on Tuesday night hosting Salado, and will be on the road at Llano this Friday. As of presstime Burnet was 1-1 in district play with a loss to Liberty Hill and a win over Taylor.

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