• Centennial’s Kayleigh Benson, left, and Karly Burson fight for control of the ball Tuesday night with Everman’s Makayla Adams.  BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO

Lady Spartans overcome slow start for 9-5A win

The concern going into Centennial’s Tuesday’s District 9-5A meeting Everman was the Lady Bulldogs rebounding ability.

The Lady Spartans found a unique way around’s Everman rebounding prowess in the form of 5-foot-7 senior guard Karly Burson.

After making one shot in the first quarter, Burson rained down five three-pointers Tuesday night to help the Lady Spartans remain perfect in 9-5A play with a 60-30 girls basketball home victory.

“Karly got going and I was just encouraging her to keep shooting,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “When she starts shooting with confidence, she does a lot of good things for us.”

To go along with a game-high 17 points, Burson added a block and turned a steal into an easy lay up.

“When I start feeling confident with my shooting and it just made my overall game better,” Burson said.

The Lady Spartans close out district play in 2016 Friday at Crowley. Centennial will compete Dec. 27-29 in the Aggieland Invitational.

Centennial got off to a slow start on both ends of the court. The Lady Spartans couldn’t make a shot early and Everman was getting plenty of second-chance opportunity’s following missed shots.

The Lady Bulldogs led 6-2 before Abbi Williams connected on a three-pointer that started a scoring surge. Centennial was up 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and was ahead 18-8 before Everman scored in the second quarter.

“I was trying to let them play through a slow start but I knew once our defense started connecting we’d be OK,” Wootan said. “When we started blocking out and not giving them as many second chances things picked up for us.”

While Burson was shooting from outside, sophomore guard Ady Mize was turning in a consistent effort scoring 16 points, including eight points in the third quarter. Zassmine Birdwell finished with 10 points for the Lady Spartans.

In the second half, Centennial outscored Everman, 31-17.

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Centennial’s Kayleigh Benson, left, and Karly Burson fight for control of the ball Tuesday night with Everman’s Makayla Adams.  BURLESON STAR/COURTESY PHOTO