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Double-doubles from Mullins, Williams lead Burton to nondistrict win over Twin Valley

Kevin Mays • Updated Jan 10, 2019 at 2:01 AM

NORTON — J.I. Burton opened Wednesday’s game strong and never let up on the way to a big win.

The Lady Raiders had four of their seven players reach double figures in scoring, including two finishing with a double-double, on the way to a 69-39 nondistrict basketball victory over Twin Valley at Stan Wilson Gymnasium.

SPREADING THE SCORING AROUND

Sarah Mullins led Burton (8-6) in scoring with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Maggie Williams added 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Lady Raiders, while Kaylee Jenkins had 15 points and Kaitlyn Lindsey finished with 10.

“When they’re playing together and they’re on, we’re going to be tough to beat,” said Burton coach Chris Smith. “When we show up, we’re pretty good, and when we don’t, we’re not. It’s like two different teams. It depends on who shows up from night to night.”

Burton only has seven players on the roster, but Smith said having unselfish players and players that can provide balanced scoring is a plus.

“With my team, if you help off of one player then we can beat you somewhere else. You can try to focus on one or two, but I’ve got some sleepers who can score when they need to,” said Smith.

SETTING THE PACE

Burton wasted little time in setting the tone for the game.

The Lady Raiders scored the first 11 points over the opening four minutes of the contest and never looked back.

Burton led Twin Valley (2-8), which got 11 points from Jasmine Hampton, 36-21 at halftime and continued to dominate the contest in the second half.

Smith said having such a strong game on Wednesday should help his squad heading into a key Cumberland District game with second-place Thomas Walker on Friday.

“It gave us a chance to work on some stuff and to get our confidence up and get ready for that game,” said Smith. “I thought my girls came out when they could have just showed up and played a nonconference game right in the middle of the district season. But they came with a purpose tonight.

“They did exactly what I asked them to do. They pushed the tempo, played good defense, made shots, scored in transition. All the things that I challenged them to do at the beginning of the game.”

UP NEXT

Like Burton, Twin Valley is back in action Friday when the Lady Panthers play host to Hurley in a Black Diamond District contest.

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