JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
KINGSVILLE — The Burnet High School girls basketball season’s incredible ride ended in a 55-42 loss to Boerne High at the Class 4A Region IV semifinals Feb. 26.
The Lady Dawgs (20-14) knocked off three state-ranked teams in the playoffs.
“I have been extremely proud of this group of ladies,” head coach Doug Messer said. “They have sacrificed, worked hard and bonded together as a team.”
Messer credited the seniors — Shaylah Hullum, Katelyn Pool, Miranda Weeks, Ashley Bernal, Sierra French, Hailey Letterman, Fabe Brooks and Emma Skinner — for their leadership in rallying the program to return to the regional tournament. And their teammates— Kianna Moss, Izzy Ramon, Kendall Rex, Reagan Giesenschlag, Marissa Escamilla, and Emma Lewis — played with all they had, too, he added.
“These eight (seniors) have stuck with their dreams and goals since they were little runts and combined with their teammates,” he said. “They have made a great run and established their legacy at Burnet High School, bringing home three gold balls – bi-district, area and regional qualifier.”
Burnet led Boerne (22-8) only once during the game when Hullum knocked down a 3-pointer early in the opening period.
And though the Lady Hounds led 17-14 after the first period, that advantage grew as the game was played. By halftime, Boerne took a 32-26 lead into the locker room. After three quarters, Burnet faced a 45-34 deficit.
Still, Messer said, one game doesn’t take away from the rest of the season.
“We are so proud of these accomplishments as they exemplify the ‘Pride of Burnet’ found in these girls, the community and their school,” he said. “We are so thankful for all of those who contributed to making this a special season for the Lady Dawgs.”
ON OFFENSE: Hullum 12, Pool 11, Weeks 1, Bernal 1, Escamilla 14, Brooks 2, Skinner 1
RECORDS: Burnet is 20-14
Bulldogs lose to Wharton in area round
LOCKHART — A pair of whistles and key free throws down the stretch were too much to overcome for the Burnet High School boys basketball team in an area championship game Feb. 26.
The Bulldogs (18-12) lost 71-65 to Wharton (29-6), though Burnet led 59-57 with about three minutes left in the contest.
But the Tigers scored eight free throws from that point on and was 2-of-4 from the charity stripe in the final 30 seconds.
Junior guard Derek Kiser hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to trim the deficit to 70-65.
Wharton led 16-10 after the first quarter and 36-29 at the half.
Burnet, however, scored 21 points in the third period for a 50-46 headed into the final stanza.
The Tigers scored 25 points and limited the Bulldogs to 15 in the last eight minutes of the contest.