CHS’ Gustin scores 20 in win over Lady Elks
Bree Gustin told her teammates and coaches before Tuesday’s game that she was ready to go.
And go she did.
The senior guard scored a game-high 20 points in Centennial’s 58-38 District 9-5A girls basketball home win over Burleson.
“I just felt focused,” Gustin said.
As a whole, the Lady Spartans have been focused in their last two games. After losing to Cleburne last Tuesday, Centennial won Saturday at Arlington Seguin, 58-38.
“Every game is important to make the playoffs,” Gustin said “We need every game especially after the loss to Cleburne. We thought we were going come out and have an easy game. We were overly confident. It was a reality check.”
Tuesday’s win moved Centennial (16-6, 4-2) into a sole possession of third place. The Lady Spartans close out the first-half of district play Friday at Granbury and host Joshua Tuesday.
Gustin started fast, hitting a pair of three-pointers. She had 10 points at halftime and added eight points in the third quarter.
Centennial led 18-8 after one quarter of play but the Lady Spartans hit a lull in the second quarter and Burleson was able to cut the lead to 26-18. Centennial regained its stride and scored the final four points of the first half for a 30-18 lead.
“I thought Burleson shot the ball well,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “I thought we did some positive things and played well as a team.”
Karly Burson scored 12 points for the Lady Spartans, all on three-pointers.
Burleson’s Raquel Jacobo and Carlen Payne each scored 11 points and Jailah Ivory tallied nine points.
Going into the game, Burleson coach Curtis Enis said his team has three major issues this season – free throw shooting, turnovers and offensive rebounding.
“Tonight I we really cut the rebounds down, the turnovers were still there and I thought our free throw shooting was better,” Enis said. “So two of our three Achilles heels we have improved on. We are just going to keep grinding and as soon as we get the turnover situation fixed, I think we will be a good basketball team.”
Saturday, the Lady Elks lost at home to Everman, 33-30. Jacobo scored 12 points in the loss and Sasha Schoenborn finished with six points.
Burleson hosts Cleburne Friday and plays at Arlington Seguin Tuesday.
In Centennial’s win over Seguin, Ady Mize scored a game-high 19 points. Gustin finished with seven points, Buron tallied six points and Molly McCalla scored five points.
Centennial 58, Burleson 38
Burleson 8 10 9 11 - 38
Centennial 18 12 19 9 - 58
Burleson (0-6 in district): Raquel Jacobo 11, Carlen Payne 11, Jailah Ivory 9, Caitlyn Kirkham 4, Sarah Reid 3.
Centennial (4-2): Bree Gustin 20, Karly Burson 12, Abbi Williams 8, Molly McCalla 7, Ady Mize 6, Zassmine Birdwell 3, Katy Waits 2.
Everman 36, Burleson 33
Everman 9 7 8 12 - 36
Burleson 9 10 5 9 - 33
Everman (1-4): Dannistry Powell 10, Donetria McGee 8, Makayla Adams 6, Trinitee Alexander 5, La’Dashia Crownover 4, Loryn Wooden 3.
Burleson (0-5): Raquel Jacobo 12, Sasha Schoenborn 6, Caitlyn Kirkham 4, Lexi Parr 4, Carlen Payne 4, Sarah Reid 3.
Centennial 49, Arlington Seguin 36
Centennial 18 14 6 11 - 49
Seguin 11 7 9 9 - 36
Centennial (3-2): Ady Mize 19, Bree Gustin 7, Karly Burson 6, Molly McCalla 5, Zassmine Birdwell 4, Claire McCalla 4, Kayleigh Benson 2, Abbi Williams 2.
Seguin (4-1): Darnesha Ferguson 13, Timia Jefferson 10, Alesia Harvey 5, Tiara Sostand 4, Sumaiyah AbdurRahim 2, Trinitee Cannon 2.