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BROWNWOOD — The Burnet High School girls basketball team lost to Brownwood, 43-35, Tuesday.

The Lady Dawgs (10-11) trailed, 14-11, after the first quarter and 27-20 at the half.  Burnet stormed back into the game in the third quarter, dropping in 14 points to tie the game, 34-34, headed into the final period. 

Despite the outcome, head coach Mike Cavender said the team learned some valuable lessons.

"We wanted to get some good work in against a good team that plays zone defense, since we will be seeing a lot of that coming up in district," he said. "We did some good things against the zone as the game progressed. But we got to the fourth quarter and couldn’t get any shots to drop and no rebounds."

The Lady Dawgs realized rebounding the basketball against a zone defense is different than rebounding against a man-to-man defense, he said.

"We only came up with two offensive rebounds the entire game," the coach said. "Shooting percentages through the game were around 40 percent. We just didn’t get any second-chance opportunities during the game and took only 38 total shots, which is a very low number for a high school basketball game."

Junior guard Leah Cotton led the way with 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Junior guard Kati Maldonado added 11 points, three assists, three steals and a rebound. 

Burnet will welcome Liberty Hill to The Doghouse, 1000 The Green Mile in Burnet, 6:45 p.m. Friday in the District 25-3A opener.