Breakout Senior Lewis Talks Community Service And Burnet’s Run To UIL State Semis

Photo from Luedecke Photography (via Emma Lewis)


Burnet’s Emma Lewis has nearly wrapped up a successful high school career, which has seen important involvement on and off the basketball court. She was a three-year starter during her four years of varsity basketball, and was also an active server in her community. Let’s start with her hooping career, which ended with a bang.

Lewis jumped on the scene as a sophomore, when she received the 19-4A Newcomer of the Year honor. Two years later, she made an even bigger splash as a first-team all-state player. The latter also included a role on a UIL 4A state semifinal team.

“I came into this season with the goal of being a senior leader on the court and playing with confidence,” said Lewis. “I have always had a very intensive training and offseason regimen. I have played for three summers with the Georgetown Fury team and Coach Haney, and that keeps me developing my skills every summer. I also work with my trainer, Coach Lloyd, several times a week [throughout the] year.”

Lewis’ breakthrough during the 2018-2019 season also resulted in the VYPE Austin Public School Girls Basketball Player of the Year poll win. She received 101,670 of the 217,042 total votes.

“I was blown away by how much support I received from my community,” she said. “I never imagined that many people would take the time to vote, but so many people have approached me and told me they voted. It means a lot that people felt I deserved that honor, especially closing out my senior year.”

Lewis will also cherish her final season because she and her teammates were able to battle Hardin-Jefferson in a 49-44 UIL 4A state semifinal loss. The Bulldogs came in as huge underdogs, but gave the Hawks a lot of competition.

“The state game was a memory to last a lifetime and a dream come true,” she said. “It was our goal all season and we played hard, but fell a little short. I think we truly embraced the #AllIn motto for our team by getting to that game and giving all we had.”

“Our fanbase is [also] one of a kind,” she said of the great Burnet turnout. “I draw off the energy of the crowd and truly believe they are important to win tough games. Looking up into the stands, full of green, made me proud of my community and to be a Bulldog.”

Lewis credits the people at Burnet High School for her success in multiple activities.

“We have great coaches, great teachers and great students that have supported me my entire life,” she said.

Their influence is evident when Lewis serves fellow area youth.

“I am a Life Skills partner PE aide,” she said. “It’s a program where we are paired with [special needs] students in PE, and we get to work with them every day.”

“I’m also in the education in training program, where I get to shadow a math teacher in our junior high,” she added. “Out of school, I train youth in basketball.”

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