Lady Spartans top Lady Elks, finish tied for second
The first time Centennial and Burleson squared off in District 9-5A girls basketball play, the Lady Elks put up a fight losing 45-39.
None of that fight was present Friday night as the Lady Spartans snapped a two-game district losing streak with a 58-27 district home win over Burleson.
Centennial coach Valerie Wootan was pleased with her team’s win considering they were short three players in Kertisa Amos, Abbi Williamsm and Jolie Johnson.
“I just told them that was probably one of the best team games they have played all season, it might have been the best,” Wootan said. “I just felt like so many different people stepped up tonight. This game tonight was what we needed because we have been in a funk lately. We needed a little bit of energy and excitement and we got that tonight. That’s a good thing as we get ready for the playoffs.”
The Lady Spartans (22-10, 11-3) closed out district play Tuesday night with a 43-41 win at Granbury to finish tied with Arlington Seguin for second place. The teams flipped Wednesday for the second and third seed from the district. No result for the flip was available at press time.
Friday’s game was also the last home contest for senior guard Kayleigh Benson, who scored 10 points. Kayleigh is the second Benson to play for the program. Her sister Megan graduated from Centennial in 2015.
“When I talk about Kayleigh it’s hard not to talk about her without not talking about Megan,” Wootan said. “First, we had Megan and then we had Kayleigh and Kayleigh just filled in where Megan left off. She is a solid player with great character and somebody I can count on to do the right thing. She works her tail off daily and is such a consistent presence in our program. Needless to say, we are going to miss her a lot.”
Benson connected on a three-pointer in the first quarter and scored seven points that quarter as the Lady Spartans took a 14-8 lead. Centennial then clamped down on the Lady Elks defensively, limiting them to three second-quarter points to extend its lead to 31-11 at halftime.
The Lady Spartans added 13 points in the third quarter to push their advantage to 44-16. Burleson played better in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 points to Centennial’s 13 points.
Centennial’s Trystan Clark and Ady Mize shared high-point honors with 11 points each. Maleigha Landers paced Burleson with six points and Caitlyn Kirkham added five points.
The loss dropped Burleson (14-16, 4-9) into sixth place in 9-5A.
“I thought we played very flat and uninspired basketball tonight,” Burleson coach Curtis Enis said. “We were late on defensive rotations and offensively our passing was awful tonight.”