Burnsville Blaze

The Burnsville girls basketball team’s lack of experience has showed this season.

The Blaze have just three players back — seniors Savannah Islam and Lauren Servais and junior Shawna Bruha — who got significant varsity minutes last year in the team’s 7-12 season.

Burnsville is off to a 3-8 start this year (1-5 in the South Suburban Conference), including losing their first three games of 2022.

The Blaze lost 58-43 at Lakeville North in league play Jan. 11. Burnsville went into the contest falling 68-30 at Shakopee Jan. 7 and 65-36 at home to Eagan Jan. 4.

The Blaze ended 2021 losing three of their last four games.

Bruha was leading the Blaze in scoring through 11 games at 15.7 points per game. She had a career-high 30 points in the team’s 71-51 win at Rockford back on Dec. 7.

Bruha scored 16 points to lead Burnsville in the loss to Lakeville North. Servais was also in double figures with 11 points, while sophomore Madison Malecha chipped in seven points.

Against Shakopee, the Blaze had a tough time scoring in the first half trailing 48-7 at the break. Sophomore Ashley King led the team with 11 points, while Malecha had eight points and Servais scored four.

In the loss to Eagan, Burnsville was outscored 34-17 in the second half. Bruha led the way with nine points, while Islam and senior Ema Handzija both scored five.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.