• Centennial’s Toni Howard scored 12 points in a 62-54 District 5-5A opening night loss Tuesday to state-ranked Mansfield Legacy. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Spartans start district play with loss

Things just didn’t go well defensively for Centennial’s girls basketball team Tuesday night in the Lady Spartans District 5-5A opener against state-ranked Mansfield Legacy.

In the span of four and half minutes in the second quarter, the Lady Spartans saw Legacy turn a 16-15 lead after one quarter into a 32-20 lead.

Cetennial was able to cut the advantage to seven points but couldn’t get any closer as the Lady Broncos collected a 62-54 road win.

“We were one step behind defensively the whole night and that’s what hurt us tonight,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “Against a team that is as solid as Legacy you have to be right there with them. Offensively, I thought we executed fairly well. It’s one of those things where we are just going to have to play better defense than we played tonight.”

The problem for the Lady Spartans (7-9, 0-1) was that Legacy, the No. 12 ranked team in Class 5A according to the most recent Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Poll, had an answer offensively each time Centennial attempted to make a run.

The Lady Broncos (12-4, 1-0) had plenty of offense Tuesday night. Keslyn King led Legacy with 25 points and Harmon Turner added 18 points.

Trystan Clark led Centennial in scoring with 13 points. Toni Howard chipped in 12 points and Kertisa Amos finished with 11 points. The game was the first of the season for senior guard Abbi Williams, who had been out with an injury suffered before the start of the season. Williams hit her first shot of the season, a three-pointer.

The Lady Spartans play at Arlington Seguin Friday night and play Tuesay night at Everman.

Mansfield Legacy 62, Centennial 54
Legacy    16    21    14    11    -    62
Centennial    15    12    12    15    -    54
Mansfield Legacy (12-4, 1-0): Keslyn King 25, Harmon Turner 18, Kenzie Flowers 8, Sidney McHenry 4, Malia Williams 4, Tyuna Vincent 3.
Centennial (7-9, 0-1): Trystan Clark 13, Toni Howard 12, Kertisa Amos 11, Ne’Khyria Rogers 8, Abbi Williams 5, Amyria Walker 3, Jolie Johnson 2.


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