Lady Spartans Burson, Gustin and Mize nab first-team honors
Big goals were set for Centennial’s girls basketball team this season and those were met by the Lady Spartans.
Centennial won a pair of playoff games for the first time in the program’s history and came within a win of reaching the regional tournament.
“Overall, I’m extremely proud of the team this year,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “We set our expectations high for the team this year and they exceeded those expectations in the end. They truly were a pleasure to coach.” The coaches of District 9-5A recognized the play of three Lady Spartans with first-team honors on the recently released all-district team.
Gaining first-team honors were senior guards Karly Burson and Bree Gustin and sophomore forward Ady Mize.
Burson, a three-year starter, was a dead-eye three-point shooter and ran the offense.
“Karly was our floor general this year,” Wootan said. “Her ability to see the floor and find holes in the defense made a tremendous difference for our team the entire year.”
Gustin, a four-year varsity player, brought her game to a different level defensively and offensively this season.
“Bree stepped up this year and played excellent defense,” Wootan said. “She was able to defend the opponent’s best player regardless of the position they played. The team really fed off of her work ethic and determination.”
When Kertisa Amos went down with a season-ending injury during the first week of play, Mize was challenged to take on a different role this season.
“She did a lot of the grit work inside that we needed, she rebounded, was a scorer from the inside, and defended their post players,” Wootan said. “Her presence inside made a huge difference for us this season and took pressure off of our guards.”
Centennial had two second-team players in junior guard Kayleigh Benson and sophomore forward Zassmine Birdwell. The Lady Spartans honorable mention selections were sophomore post Molly McCalla and sophomore gurad Abbi Williams.