The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 9, 2014

Burton, DHS burn Raiders

BY JIMMY HARRIS sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — The Danville girls basketball team, especially freshman guard Megan Burton, came out of the gates on fire in Saturday’s game with Bloomington.

Burton hit five of her new school record seven 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Vikings defeated the Purple Raiders 55-37 in Big 12 Conference action. The seven 3’s also gave Burton 63 for the season, which is also a school record for a season.

Burton (23 points with 21 of them from 3’s) came off of her teammates’ screens to score 17 of the Vikings’ first 21 points.

“My teammates got me open with good picks and got me the ball in rhythm and I was able to knock down the shots” Burton said.

The Vikings continued their defense-minded game plan and kept the Purple Raiders out of rhythm in the entire first half and led 37-17 going into the locker room.

As the Vikings continued to have good offensive sets, Bloomington had no answers to claw back into the game.

“I was proud of the girls today, we came out and turned up the defensive pressure and life is easier when the team is shooting well,” Danville coach Brian Anderson said.

Danville’s lead continued to balloon throughout the third quarter as the Viking defense was so good and they rebounded so well not allowing many offensive rebounds as they led 48-24 after three quarters.

“We concentrate hard on our defense and tonight we played a complete defensive game and it was good to get the win,” Danville’s Ashley Greene said.

The Purple Raiders were frustrated all night and didn’t get many good looks as The Vikings continued to do things well at both ends of the floor.

“We played a real good game today and our defense was good and Megan (Burton) was special from deep,” Anderson said.

Alexis Hoskins had 11 points with two steals and two assists for the Vikings, while Greene had eight points and seven rebounds, Jill Cooper-Watson had six points with six rebounds and Michaela Jones had four points and six assists.

Danville moves to 10-13 overall and 7-7 in the league while Bloomington fall to 7-16 overall and 6-8 in conference. The Vikings will stay at home Tuesday to play Normal Community.

Danville’s Junior Varsity falls to 7-8 as Bloomington wins the game 49-26.