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SPRING BRANCH — A dominant first half propelled the Burnet High School boys basketball team to a 63-53 victory against Navarro for a bi-district championship Feb. 23.

The Bulldogs (18-11) led 21-13 after the first quarter and 39-22 at the half.

Burnet took a 49-34 lead headed into the final period, but the Panthers trimmed the deficit to 53-43 midway through the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs, however, hit clutch foul shots and controlled the tempo to secure the victory.

Burnet head coach Roy Kiser said he believes the win came down to one factor.

“The difference was our defense,” he said. “We sold our guys on it.”

The buy-in was huge, he said, but it allowed the Bulldogs’ defense to dictate their offense. As a result, multiple players contributed on both ends. Offensively, Burnet stretched the Panthers defense, which allowed more one-on-one opportunities and long-range jumpers.

“Our guys bought into it,” he said. “They always do.”

ON OFFENSE: Points – Johnson 12, Robertson 5, Kiser 14, Ford 2, Graves 8, Cavender 5, Pemberton 7, Pollard 10.

RECORDS: Burnet is 18-11.

UP NEXT FOR BURNET: Wharton at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Lockhart High School, 1 Lion Country Drive in Lockhart