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    Centennial senior guard Kertisa Amos scored a team-high 19 points in the Lady Spartans playoff loss to Fort Worth Arlington Heights Monday night. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Spartans come up short in playoffs

FORT WORTH ­— With 6:21 to play Monday night, Centennial held a 48-42 lead over Fort Worth Arlington Heights.

But the Lady Spartans couldn’t protect the lead as Heights rallied for a 59-52 victory in a Class 5A Region bi-district playoff game at North Crowley.

“We fouled a little bit too much and turned the ball over too much especially in the first half and then late in the second half,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said.

The Lady Spartans went 5-11 from the free throw line as their season ended with a record of 20-15. The Lady Yellow Jackets (25-5), the championship of District 6-5A, made their way to the free-throw line 35 times Tuesday and converted 22 attempts.

Heights scored more points on free throws than Centennial’s top scorer Kertisa Amos. The senior guard finished with 19 points. No other Lady Spartan hit double-figure scoring

The Lady Spartans fell victim to Heights’ full-court defensive pressure time and again Monday night.

“You have to hand it to Arlington Heights,” Wootan said. “Their pressure was excellent tonight. It’s hard to model the pressure we faced. I knew from watching them play that they had excellent pressure and that’s what made them go. You always hope to be calm, cool and collected and we just weren’t tonight.”

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