Girls basketball: Burke scores career-high 29 points in win over Sisters

Sweet Home girls basketball (5-9, No. 19-ranked in the 4A) rebounded with a 51-46 Friday win at Sisters (5-8, No. 30) after falling 49-31 at home last Tuesday to No. 1 ranked Philomath.

Against the top ranked Warriors, Head Coach Michelle Knight said that her squad “played well.”

“Philomath is very solid fundamentally, and we hung in there and played a really good game of basketball,” she said.

Speaking to the Warriors’ strength, the coach said “They have just been playing together for a very long time. They have a deeper bench than us. We only have six true varsity players, along with a couple swingers.”

Junior Brooke Burke scored 15 points for the Huskies, while senior Adaira Sleutel scored 13.

Against Sisters, Sweet Home came back from a nine point deficit after a strong third quarter from the Outlaws gave the home team a 43-34 lead headed into the fourth.

“Sisters played a good quarter of basketball [in the third], and we didn’t adjust,” Knight said. “They came out ready to go in the second half, and we came out not ready for that.”

She credited her team’s comeback in the fourth quarter to “coming out under control and with composure, and taking control of the game, not panicking and being chaotic.”

Burke had a monster night of offense, scoring a career high 29 points. Sleutel added 15 of her own in the victory.

“We have been working so hard, working on the little things in practice every night,” Knight said of her team. “We’ll keep fine tuning some things to try to make our game better.”

Against Stayton (7-2, No. 12) on Monday, Jan. 17, Sweet Home fell 53-37.

The Huskies have no more games this week. Their next game is a home contest against Newport (6-6, No. 25) on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m.