• Centennial senior Kayleigh Benson scored a team-high 15 points in the Lady Spartans playoff loss to Waxahachie Monday night. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Mistakes help end Lady Spartans season

The fight and effort was there Monday night but things just didn’t work out for Centennial’s girls basketball team in its bi-district playoff game with Waxahachie.

The Lady Spartans were able to get close to the Lady Indians but could never get over the hump as they fell, 56-44, in a Class 5A Region II playoff game at Mansfield Lake Ridge.

“This isn’t a group of kids that is going to give up,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “The two things that got us all year were the things that got us tonight – turnovers and just not being able to score.”

The loss ended the Lady Spartans season at 22-11. Centennial finished third in District 9-5A with a 10-4 record.

Waxahachie (25-11) kept the door open for Centennial with its inconsistent scoring. The Lady Spartans defense also played a role in slowing the Lady Indians.

“Defensively we did a good job against them,” Wootan said. “We just had a hard time scoring. We had some opportunities but turned the ball over too much.”

With just over three minutes to play in the first half, Waxahachie held a 29-17 lead only to have Centennial score the final seven points of the quarter to close to within 29-25 at halftime.

Senior Kayleigh Benson scored eight of her team-high 15 points in the first half. Junior Ne’Khyria Rogers, playing in her first playoff game, scored seven first-half points on the way to 14 points. Junior Ady Mize scored all seven of her points in the first half.

Benson cut Waxahachie’s lead to 29-27 on the first possession of the third quarter only to have the Lady Indians go on a 9-0 run to take a 38-27 lead.

Centennial cut the lead to 38-34 with 6:36 to play on a free throw by Rogers. Then Lady Indians freshman Mya Williams, who finished with a game-high 16 points, scored eight points during 12-6 run that saw the lead expand to 50-40.

The Lady Spartans, who were playing without junior starters Kertisa Amos and Abbi Williams, could get no closer.

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