The pond was rocking Tuesday night in the district matchup between the Lady Ducks and Burnet. In a back and forth game that could’ve swung either way, the Lady Ducks triumphed, remaining unbeaten in the district winning 40-39.
It was apparent early on that the Lady Bulldogs lived in three-point valley, scoring 9 of their opening quarter points from beyond the arch. Taylor kept the game close on buckets by Sophomore, A’ja Lucas, Junior’s, Yasmine Thomas and Josie Lewis. The hands game from the Lady Ducks defense kept the contest close, beginning with Senior, Natalie Aldretes’s three-pointer block in the first.
The second quarter mirrored the first. Despite slip-ups, a late half run by Taylor kept them within striking distance heading into the half down just 13-11.
The second half is where things heated up. With 7:17 remaining in the third Taylor took their first lead on a 6-1 run. In turn, Burnet came back with a 7-0 run of their own to retake the lead as the third quarter finished with them on top 24-23.
Tensions among the home and visiting fans began getting intense in the closing quarter as both sides of the gym cheered loud and proud. An early 5-0 run by the Lady Dogs briefly hushed the Taylor faithful, but girls regained their composure and played on. With four minutes remaining the Lady Ducks went on another run outscoring Burnet 8-0 to tie the game again. By the three-minute mark that run had reached its peak at 12-2. Shots by Burnet again put them ahead with under two minutes to play, but the Lady Ducks scrambled and fought their way back.
Perhaps the biggest shot of the might came on Lady Ducks only three-ball of the evening. With 35 seconds remaining Senior, Ashlyn Collier pulled up on the far side and put the biscuit in the basket giving the Lady Ducks a five-point comfort zone. Another three by Burnet with 8.5 seconds remaining kept their fans juiced, but in the end, Burnet would only score off a free throw. Their last-second three attempt fell short as time expired.
“I couldn’t be prouder. This win doesn’t guarantee us anything, but it certainly opens doors for the playoffs,” said Coach Collier after the game. This was the Lady Ducks' first win over Burnet since Jan. 2016.
Josie Lewis led the Lady Ducks with 13 points and 4 steals followed by Collier’s 9 points and 4 steals. Thomas had 6 points and 5 rebounds and Alderete had 6 points and 7 rebounds.
The Lady Ducks move to 18-10 (2-0) on the season and were in road action Friday night at Lampasas.