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Burghers launch season with decisive win

WARRENSBURG - Breaking away from a disappointing 2008 record, the Burgher Girls basketball team made a statement Dec. 1 when they defeated Johnsburg 39-26.

Trailing 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, Burgher Coach Scott Smith and his crew made some adjustments, and then held Johnsburg to only 15 points over the next three quarter

"I'm very pleased with my team's defensive effort," Smith said.

For the game, senior Kaitlyn May scored 16 points plus grabbed 11 rebounds - both the best of her career, Smith said.

"Kaitlyn had a very good second half, scoring 12 points," he said. "It's nice to see her step up this way."

Playing off the bench, sophomore Burgher Tessa Acuna proved her potential by sinking four points and tallying nine rebounds, Smith said.

"It was a very good team effort, with seven of our 10 players scoring," he said.

Seniors Kate Taddeo and Holly Gheen each scored six points, followed by Kayce Duell with four, Isabella Szabo with two points and Ashlie Morehouse with one.

"I'm very happy with the contributions from everyone on the team," Smith said. "However, we still need to work on taking care of the ball, and it looks like we're improving every day."

For Johnsburg, Kelsey Williford led her team with 12 points and Keri Cleveland tallied 10 points.

Smith said the team's 2009 debut against Johnsburg got the Burgher's season off to a good start.

"Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come," he said.

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