Lady Dawgs win thriller in Salado

It wasn’t a 100 percent smooth sailing for the Lady Dawgs last week, but it’s often been said it’s not how you win. Burnet faced Taylor at home on Tuesday and Salado on the road Friday. Both contests were extremely physical and when it was all said and done team Green spilt with one win and a heartbreaking loss. As of presstime the Lady Dawgs had an 18-10 overall record, 6-3 in District 19-4A. Taylor rolled into town on Tuesday night with a 6-2 district record and a chip on their should. One of those losses was handed down by Burnet in the first district game of their season. Marissa Escamilla opened the scoring with a three-pointer, and after an Izzy Ramon bucket and Trynadee Greenwell three the Lady Dawgs were on top, 8-2. Greenwell soon hit another trey making it 13-5 but that’s when Taylor went to work. The Ducks bucketed a few late shots and the first ended with Burnet on top, 17-12. With 1:15 remaining in the half Taylor took their first lead of the night, 27-25. Escamilla evened the score before the halftime buzzer, 27-27. The Lady Dawgs rebuilt a three-point lead in the third but once again it slipped away and with just seconds on the clock Taylor led, 41-39. Before the time ticked away Emma Lewis turned loose a deep three that cleared the net with the sound of the buzzer putting Burnet on top, 42-41 with eight-minutes to play. A Jayci Craig three early in the fourth once again knotted the score, 45-45. A little later it was tied again at 49-49 following a Reagan Giesenschlag shot, but it went bad from there. Too many costly turnovers ensued and lots of calls against Burnet resulted in Duck opportunities that they cashed in and eventually Taylor won, 60-53. Greenwell led with 14 points, followed by Escamilla, 13; Ramon, eight; Lewis, six; Giesenschlag, six; Craig, three; and Kathleen Fipps, two. Another battle awaited for Burnet Friday night. From the tip-off Burnet and Salado played a very physical game that resulted in a low-scoring contest early on. When the first period was done the Lady Eagles had a slight advantage at 5-4. They maintained that lead until late in the second when Lewis swished back-to-back threes and team Green took a 20-15 lead at the break. Burnet went to work in the third. Five different girls made shots and when it was done the Lady Dawgs had their best lead of the evening at 31-22. Salado returned the favor in the fourth. A couple of three-point plays and a few short charity-stripe shots later it was all knotted up again, 33-33. With two-minutes left to play Burnet had a five-point lead, and with 11-seconds remaining Burnet had a three-point lead, 39-36. Salado was able to secure final possession and with three-tics on the board they busted a three-pointer that tied the game, 39-39 and silenced a stunned Burnet crowd. So the stage was set, in a game with huge playoff seed implications, no one sat still or quiet during the four-minutes of overtime. It was again a low-scoring physical battle, and the Lady Dawgs had to play with an abundance of caution with Escamilla, Ramon, and Craig sitting on four fouls. Greenwell put Burnet up by one, 43-42 after hitting her fourth-straight OT free-throw. Escamilla put a bucket on the board that was quickly answered by the Lady Eagles, 45-44. With only seconds remaining a two-on-one situation in Burnet’s favor had both sides holding their breath, but when the shot was blocked and Salado heaved the ball down-court with the numbers in their favor everything seemed to move in slow motion. The Lady Eagle got off the under-the-bucket shot that bounced all around the rim, and then fell out. Burnet’s girls could not control their emotions, and several Lady Eagles could not feel their legs as they sunk to the court in defeat, 45-44. Escamilla was the leading scorer with 17 points, followed by Lewis, six; Ramon, six; Greenwell, five; Giesenschlag, three; Caitlynne Graves, two; Craig, two; Kiley Burton, two; and Lyndsi Woods, two. Burnet hosted Llano on Tuesday and will play the late game in Lampasas on Friday night.

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