• Kertisa Amos, middle, returns for her fourth season playing for Centennial’s girls basketball team. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Chemistry could be key for Lady Spartans this season

Team chemistry could be a key for Centennial’s girls basketball team this season.

Heading into Tuesday’s season-opener with Midlothian, Lady Spartans coach Valerie Wootan said the squad’s chemistry was good.

One thing that is certain with just 10 players on the roster, there will be plenty of playing time to go around.

“Everyone is going to have an opportunity to contribute because there aren’t many people on the team,” Wootan said. “I’m really enjoying them. We have a lot of young players.”

The Lady Spartans opened the season with a 65-35 loss at Midlothian.

Centennial opened the season with a pair of returning starters unavailable because of injury. Guard/post Kertisa Amos, a first-team player last season, missed Tuesday’s game but is expected to play during the Lady Spartans tournament this weekend. Williams, who plays point guard, will be out until Centennial starts District 5-5A play.

Four other players return from last year’s team that went 22-11 overall and posted an 11-3 record in district play. That team lost to Waxahachie, 56-44, in the first-round of the playoffs.

Returning with Amos and Williams are seniors Ne’Khyria Rogers (guard/post), Toni Howard (guard) and Jolie Johnson (post) along with sophomore guard Trystan Clark, a second-team player last season. Williams and Rogers were honorable mention all-district players.

Joining the six returning players are sophomores Savoria Anderson (post) and Kayannah Moore (guard/post) and freshmen guards Brooke Mullins and Amyria Walker.

Wootan said the freshman have stepped in and quickly become a part of the team.

“Both of them are very athletic and are basketball smart,” Wootan said.

The Lady Spartans will count on their defense this season. Centennial isn’t very tall but Wootan expects them to rebound well and play solid defense.

“We have a lot of energy defensively and a lot of energy in general,” Wootan said.

Centennial will run a motion offense this season where basically anyone can play any position.

“All of our players are scrappy, athletic and can get to the rim,” Wootan said. “They are all play makers and creators. We are going to have to play a little more up tempo. Our defense should fuel our offense.”

The Lady Spartans open play at the Lady Spartan Classic at 7 p.m. today against Joshua.

Centennial hosts Joshua Tuesday night and opens district play Dec. 11 hosting Mansfield Legacy.

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