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LLANO — In sports, coaches say the way teams start and finish is important. And that certainly was the case for the Burnet High School girls basketball team in a 50-39 win against Llano on Jan. 15.

The Lady Dawgs took a 14-9 lead in the first period, but the Lady Jackets stayed within a five-point deficit for the next two quarters.

Still, Burnet outscored Llano 17-11 in the final quarter for the final margin.

“Anytime you can get a win on the road in district play, it’s a good thing,” Burnet head coach Mike Cavender said. “We did not have a very good game on execution or transition play. Hopefully, we can clean that up and continue to improve each day.”

The telling statistic was the Lady Dawgs’ shooting from the foul line, where they were 23-of-29, including 11-of-14 in the final period. By contrast, the Lady Jackets were 9-of-19 shooting free throws.

Burnet sophomore point guard Riley Scott led all players with 26 points.

“We are moving her around in the offense where she can get more looks to score, and it paid off big,” Cavender said of Scott.

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TOP PLAYERS: (Burnet)Riley Scott 26 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, 1 block, 4 deflections; Bryanika Grady 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 1 deflection

ON OFFENSE: (Burnet) points – Riana Bond 4, Sarah Poe 3, Danielle Lindley 3, Makayla Adair 2, Victoria Solis 2; assists – Poe 1, Solis 1; rebounds – Poe 3, Solis 1, Lauren Beckwith 1, Bond 1

ON DEFENSE: (Burnet) steals – Poe 2, Lindley 2, Shaylah Hullum 1; rebounds – Lindley 3, Poe 2, Bond 1, Beckwith 1; deflections – Lindley 5, Poe 4, Bond 4

RECORDS: Burnet is 15-9 overall and 4-0 in District 8-3A.

UP NEXT: Burnet vs. Lampasas, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at The Doghouse, 1000 The Green Mile in Burnet

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Burnet, 4-0

Brownwood, 3-1

Liberty Hill, 2-2

Llano, 2-2

Lampasas, 1-3

Gatesville, 0-4

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