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Burnet’s comeback not enough to beat Dripping Springs

BURNET — The Burnet High School boys basketball team trimmed a 12-point deficit to one point with 5 minutes 47 seconds remaining against Dripping Springs on Nov. 27. But the Tigers hit 9-of-10 free throws in the final 2:57 to win 49-34. Dripping Springs connected on 9-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter.

"I leave this game feeling encouraged that we’re going to be able to do some things," Bulldogs head coach Roy Kiser said. "We played good defense in the second half. We did a better job on the boards."

PHOTO: Burnet High School players Derek Kiser (left), Jordan Barnard and Trenton Hafley apply pressure defense during the Bulldogs’ 49-34 loss to Dripping Springs on Nov. 27. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

The Bulldogs are looking for more balanced scoring, he added, noting they usually had inside scoring but didn’t get as much contributions there. As a team, Burnet shot 25 percent from the field.

"We have to get more scoring from the perimeter," the coach said. "We have to find that scoring again from the paint."

The football players who play basketball made their first appearance on the court after participating in only three basketball practices, Kiser said.

"The transition to the court is going to take awhile," he said.

ON OFFENSE: Points — Jordan Barnard 9, Jai Patel 8, Trenton Hafley 6, Clayton Baumgart 4, Derek Kiser 3, Walker Townes and Caleb Cardozo 2 each

UP NEXT: Burnet at Marble Falls, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls