Lady Elks bid to upset Lady Spartans falls short
Centennial and Burleson’s girl’s basketball teams found themselves on different sides of the final District 9-5A standings but had one thing in common. Neither team was able to win its senior night game.
Tuesday night, the Lady Spartans lost a nail-biter to Granbury, 65-62, while Centennial handed the Lady Elks a 71-48 loss Friday during Burleson’s senior night.
The Lady Spartans (21-9, 9-5) finished third in 9-5A. Centennial will play Mansfied Summit in a bidistrict playoff game at 7 p.m. Monday at Midlothian ISD Gym.
Tuesday night, Centennial honors its three-member senior class of Karly Burson, Bree Gustin and Katy Waits.
Gustin led her team in scoring in her final regular season home game with 14 points and Burson scored 11 points.
Burleson (9-21, 0-14) ended its season Tuesday night with a 60-51 loss at district co-champion Cleburne. The Lady Yellow Jackets shared the title with Arlington Seguin.
Caitlyn Kirkham and Carlen Payne each scored 12 points for the Lady Elks in their final game of the season. Sasha Schonenborn finished with seven points, Rachel Jacobo added six points and Emily Holmes scored five points.
Friday night, the Lady Elks honors their seniors, Holmes and Schonenborn.
The crosstown rivalry game between Centennial and Burleson Friday was a fight at the start.
Centennial built a 10-point led in the first half but the Lady Elks fought back as they had tough losses to Joshua and Everman and were able to take a 29-28 lead at halftime thanks to a pair of free throws by Lexi Parr.
“It wasn’t a surprise what they did in the first half,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “I saw that coming in our team since the Joshua game. That’s when we started playing good team basketball. Part of that is because our turnovers have gone down since we’ve slowed down the offense. We were down by 10 and bounced back to take the lead.”
But the Lady Elks weren’t able to come out with the same fire in the second half and the Lady Spartans stepped up their game in the final stanza.
Centennial used a 9-1 third-quarter run to take a 37-30 lead. By the end of the quarter, the Lady Spartans held a 52-36 lead.
“They did a great job tonight.” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “We knew going into any game against Burleson that they will give us a game. I thought in the second half the girls played much better together, both offensively and defensively, and were connecting.”
Ady Mize led the Lady Spartans in scoring with 16 points. Kayleigh Benson finished with 15 points, Molly McCalla scored 13 points, Gustin added 10 points and Zassmine Bird scored nine points.
Burleson was led in scoring with by Jacobo with 12 points while Holmes and Payne scored nine points.
Centennial 71, Burleson 48
Centennial 18 10 24 19 - 71
Burleson 16 13 7 12 - 48
Centennial (21-8, 9-4): Addy Mize 16, Kayleigh Benson 15, Molly McCalla 13, Bree Gustin 10, Zassmine Birdwell 9, Karly Burson 5, Claire McCalla 2, Katy Waits 1.
Burleson (9-21, 0-13): Raquel Jacobo 12, Emily Holmes 9, Carlen Payne 9 Caitlyn Kirkham 6, Sarah Reid 6, Lexi Parr 4, Jailah Ivory 2.
Granbury 65, Centennial 62
Granbury 15 21 12 17 - 65
Centennial 14 10 15 23 - 62
Granbury (9-19, 5-9): Gabbi Nunn 22, Amber Strange 22, McKenzie Scott 9, Taylor Parrish 5, Carly Cheek 2, Abby Jones 2, Maddi Samuelson 2, Kylee Sparks 2.
Centennial (21-9, 9-5): Bree Gustin 14, Karly Burson 11, Claire McCalla 9, Molly McCalla 9, Kayleigh Benson 5, Zassmine Birdwell 5, Addy Mize 5, Abbi Williams 4.
Cleburne 60, Burleson 51
Burleson 8 17 10 16 - 51
Cleburne 9 19 18 14 - 60
Burleson (9-22, 0-14): Caitlyn Kirkham 12, Carlen Payne 12, Sasha Schonenborn 7, Raquel Jacobo 6, Emily Holmes 5, Jailah Ivory 4, Jessia Wager 4.
Cleburne (10-4): Skaila White 19, Akarian Morgan 18, Kelsi Chavez 10, Jayla Johnson 15, Chloe Scott 2, Caitlyn Cron 2, Edboni Simpson 2.