MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School girls basketball team kept their winning streak against Burnet intact thanks to a 49-38 victory Tuesday.
Marble Falls has not lost to the Lady Dawgs in at least seven seasons at the varsity level.
Lady Mustangs head coach Stephanie Gamble said she was looking for a better effort.
“We just weren’t prepared to play,” she said. “It was a later game than what we normally play. We played in slow motion.”
Burnet head coach Mike Cavendar also was looking for more from his squad.
“We probably played as poor a game as my kids have ever played,” he said. “It’s Burnet-Marble Falls. We got so hyped up about coming here and playing.”
Burnet’s Shanise Graeter began the scoring by hitting a three-pointer. Kerstyn Towslee drove to the basket for a 5-0 Burnet lead.
Erica De La Hoya passed to a cutting Katie Mosher for Marble Falls’ first points, 5-2. De La Hoya added another assist when she hit Shannon Bendas for a layup. Katy Cooke passed to Lindsay Ansley underneath for a 6-5 lead.
Neither team scored for the next two minutes until Cooke connected on a jumper for an 8-5 lead at the end of the first period.
Ansley and Cooke switched roles when Ansley passed to Cooke for a layup, 10-5.
But Manda Martin stopped the Lady Mustangs run with a three-pointer and tied the contest on a layup.
Diana Fonseca gave the lead back to Marble Falls by hitting a free throw and Cooke scored on a layup for a 13-10 lead.
Both teams exchanged buckets, but a Cooke jumper and a Bendas free throw ensured a Lady Mustangs lead, 20-12.
Fonseca scored a layup to begin the second half. Towslee dropped in two free shots, but De La Hoya scored on an offensive rebound and a free throw for a 25-18 lead.
Graeter hit a three-pointer, but Ansley dropped in two free throws and Fonseca scored for a 29-21 lead.
After a Burnet bucket, Bendas and Ansley scored two free shots each.
Graeter completed a three-point play, while Jessica Robinson scored on a drive.
Marble Falls outscored Burnet, 14-12, in the final period.
Cooke and Fonseca scored layups for a 39-26 lead. But Martin hit a three-pointer and a free throw to trim the deficit, 39-30.
With four minutes remaining, Marble Falls went through its offense and chewed a minute off the clock on one possession.
Cooke dropped in two free throws and a layup to push the lead, 43-30.
After a Graeter free throw, Ansley passed to a cutting Fonseca for a bucket.
Brooke Rockafellow hit a three-pointer from the right side and a Graeter steal led to two more throws.
Cooke scored four free throws, while Mandi Lindley hit two for Burnet to end the contest.
Gamble said Marble Falls’ defense paved the way for the win.
“I thought down the stretch we did a better job blocking out,” she said. “We didn’t play with enough energy. We were slipping and sliding all over the place. We didn’t do a good job denying the ball.”
Cooke was six for six from the field and from the free-throw line to lead all scorers with 18 points.
Fonseca added nine, while Ansley dropped in eight and Bendas scored seven.
“I thought Shannon Bendas did a great job coming off the bench,” Gamble said. “I thought Erica did a good job in the starting role.”
De La Hoya filled in for Amanda Gray, who was with the Marble Falls High School Chorale singing at the White House.
Martin scored 13 points for the Lady Dawgs, while Graeter added 12 and Towslee dropped in six.
Burnet missed 13 layups in the contest. The Lady Dawgs missed two putbacks off failed layups on two separate possessions that illustrated a struggle on the offensive end.
“I knew it was a lot,” Cavendar said. “I just didn’t know how many it was. We haven’t missed 13 layups like that, those two-footers around the basket. We got so psyched out that it has the opposite effect.”
The Lady Dawgs skipper said he saw his players may not have been ready to play during the Tuesday athletic perio.
“We did not come in the right mentality to win this game,” he said. “My kids played their hearts out. Your physical effort goes through the roof. But mentally you go through the floor. We didn’t execute very well.”
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