In her four years on the court at Paradise, Makenna Burt needed to fill the stat sheet for the Lady Panthers to net a win.
Friday, Burt was allowed to take a supporting role as her Red squad rolled to a 71-53 victory in the Texas Girls Coaches Association 1-3A All-Star game.
Coming off the bench, Burt scored five points, grabbed seven boards and blocked a shot in 17 minutes of action.
“I’ve never scored just five points and won,” Burt said.
“It was fun. I loved the team.”
Her teammate, Tulia guard Markeyla Hicks won the game’s MVP honor after scoring a game-high 16 points along with making six steals, dishing out five assists and grabbing two boards.
Bowie’s Madison Wallace added 14 points. Kerens’ Cambree Betts and Fairfield’s Tiara Tatum put in 10 points each.
The Red squad opened up a 14-point lead at 28-14 with 7:15 left in the first half on Betts’ 3-pointer. After leading by as many as 20, the Red team held a 40-26 advantage at the break.
Burt, who took only one shot from the field in the first half and made two free throws, started the second half. She found herself matched up with Zavalla’s Caitlyn Lambert on the blocks.
“She was tough. I was trying to wear her out and get her mad,” Burt said.
Lambert gave all the Red team’s defenders fits inside. She finished with 11 points. Abilene Wylie’s Punkin Mack led the Blue team with 13 points.
The Blue team pulled within 10, 44-34, on a Lambert layup with 15:03 remaining. That was as close as it would get. The Red team built the advantage back to 19, 63-44, with 3s from Tatum and Mckenzie Hockenberry.
Burt scored on her lone field goal with 2:35 left off a pass from Hicks. Burt was 1-for-4 from the field.
Burt admitted to being a little winded in her return to the floor.
The Wise County and 9-2A Offensive Player of the Year averaged 14.8 points and 11.3 rebounds last season. She is headed to Northern Oklahoma College in Enid to play.
New Alvord coach John Shelton, who was at Franklin last year, was an assistant for the Red team.