Lady Bulldogs win home opener over KSD

Avery Gray: 18 pts, 10 rebs

Burgin sophomore Brynn Simpson fights for the ball against KSD on Thursday, Dec. 5. (photo by Arpan Dixit)

Arpan Dixit
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The last time the Burgin Lady Bulldogs (1-1) won a game out of their first two games of the season was in December of 2014. Count 2019 as the next year.

That’s progress for Burgin, a program that has struggled mightily the last few seasons.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Kentucky School for the Deaf by a final score of 48-14 on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Eighth grader Avery Gray was the top performer for Burgin, scoring a game-high 18 points and hauling in 10 rebounds for a double-double.

“She’s just an eighth grader. She’s really come on and works hard in practice,” said Head Coach Keith Monson. “She gets frustrated when she misses shots, but comes in to the next practice and wants to improve.”

Burgin led 10-3 after the first quarter with Gray scoring four points and bringing in five rebounds in the first frame. Freshman Baleigh Turner had two assists after the first eight minutes.

“I was pleased with them. We didn’t start out very strong. We can’t overlook anybody and that’s the attitude we have to have,” said Monson. “We want to be a fast break team, take it up and down the court, and we didn’t do much of that. We all learned a lesson and hopefully we’ll grow from it.”

The Lady Bulldogs entered the fourth quarter with a 34-9 lead. Sophomore Ellie Jenkins led Burgin with two steals, while adding six points.

Junior Hannah Stewart hit the only triple for Burgin in the game, finishing with five points.

A couple of younger Lady Bulldogs were able to make an impact in their minutes. Seventh grader Kelsie Peavler checked in and quickly scored four points and added seven rebounds. Seventh grader Jemma Jenkins had two assists. Seventh grader Ella Myhre had two assists off the bench.

“I was really pleased with them because they had a really nice middle school season this year and I was really pleased with them since they moved up,” said Monson. “I thought our younger girls passed the ball really well. Ella (Myhre) came in and had a few very nice passes. I was really proud of that and I hope we continue to grow.”

Sophomore Brynn Simpson and freshman Jaylin Tudor did work on the boards, hauling in six rebounds each.

Burgin will be back on the court today, Thursday, Dec. 12, when they host the Sayre Lady Spartans at 7:30 p.m.

STATS:

Points – Gray 18,  E. Jenkins 6, Stewart 5, Peavler 4, Turner 4, B. Simpson 4, Tudor 2, Arnett 2, Cocanougher 2, H. Simpson 1.

Rebounds – Gray 10, Peavler 7, B. Simpson 6, Tudor 5, Cocanougher 3, J. Jenkins 3, E. Jenkins 3, Arnett 2, Stewart 2, Gilkison 2, H. Simpson 1, Turner 1.

Burgin Lady Bulldogs Head Coach Keith Monson (left) gives instruction to his team against KSD on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the home opener for the Lady Bulldogs. (photo by Arpan Dixit)

Burgin eighth grader Hannah Simpson (right) steals the ball and heads up the floor against KSD on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Lady Bulldogs won their home opener 48-14. (photo by Arpan Dixit)

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