Two wins last week pushed the Bulldogs overall record to an impressive 17-8, 7-1 in district play and has them sitting high at second place in 19-4A. The Lampasas Badgers are still knocking down teams left and right and have a stronghold on first place with an undefeated record, but the Dawgs will be visiting the Badgers this Friday and team Green has a score to settle. Lampasas is responsible for the only blemish on the Dawgs district record, and that was a last second win aided by a foul that put the Badgers at the line. This is a game you won’t want to miss. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m., Badger gym. Last week Burnet defeated Taylor on Tuesday at home and Salado on Friday on the road. The Bulldogs had an impressive offensive first quarter performance against the Ducks scoring 19 points led by Drew Kiser and Caelin Graves who each posted six, but Taylor kept pace and the first ended 19-14.
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.
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.
Over the holiday break four Burnet basketball athletes were named to All Tournament teams. On the girls side Marissa Escamilla (23) and Emma Lewis (11) were honored with selections for their contributions to the Lady Dawgs during the BTX Christmas Classic. For the boys Burnet seniors Caelin Graves (11) and Drew Kiser (3) earned some new hardware with All Tournament selections from the Fredericksburg Invitational. Congratulations to all four players.
The varsity Bulldog basketball team has had a very successful run as of late and last week they added two more victories to the win column. The Dawgs defeated the St. Andrews Crusaders on Tuesday night in Burnet, 68-41; and opened district play on Friday with a 79-35 road win over the Ducks. Burnet was impressive right out of the gate on Tuesday night. As a team they knocked down 19 points in the first and combined for five three pointers. Caelin Graves and Drew Kiser each hit two from outside the arc and Ryan Robertson added another. Burnet carried a 19-10 lead into the second. The Bulldogs also had a good run in the second. They used buckets by Graves, Kiser, Kyle Cavender, and Carlos Herrera to add up 16 while holding the Crusaders to just five for a 35-15 lead at the break. Burnet had their best offensive output in the third period. The Dawgs scored 26 points and did a good job at the foul line making seven of nine attempts.
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.
Senior Lady Bulldog Afabiana Brooks and sophomore Lady Bulldog Marissa Escamilla were both named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Girls’ All Region Class 4A team. “These individual honors are a direct reflection of the Lady Dawgs success this season. Congratulate these young ladies on their individual awards when you see them,” said head girls’ coach Doug Messer.
Eight Lady Bulldogs were recently honored with selections to the 25-4A All District List.
Burnet's players turned in top performances, which led to a successful 2015-2016 season.
Burnet collected two superlative awards with senior Shaylah Hullum being named a co-defensive player of the year; and sophomore Marissa Escamilla being listed as the district’s Newcomer of the year. Both girls were also named to the first team all district list.
Two other senior ladies earned first team honors with their relentless style of play. Those players are Katelyn Pool and Afabiana Brooks.
Second team honors went to senior Miranda Weeks and junior Reagan Giesenschlag.
Seniors Ashley Bernal and Emma Skinner were each named to the honorable mention list.