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Home » Boys' Basketball News

Lady Panthers Play for Championship

December 9, 2011
By Dax Dollens of Centralia High School Activities



       Wednesday night the lady panthers earned themselves a spot in the championship game. The girls defeated the Sturgeon bulldogs in overtime in front of a full house. The game looked out of reach for the panthers early in the first quarter as Sturgeon was able to put a double digit lead on the lady panthers. The panthers battled back in the second quarter though and took a small advantage over the lady bulldogs going into half time. The panthers seemed to have the upper-hand inside as Kelsey Benoit was able to score over bulldogs in the paint time and time again. Not only was she scoring but also rebounding to give her team second chance opportunities. Going down the stretch in the fourth quarter both teams were trading blows and the score seemed to always be tied. As the final buzzard sounded the score was still tied so the game went to overtime. In overtime it was a lot of the same. Both teams scoring at will with most of Sturgeon's points coming from the perimeter and most of Centralia's points coming from inside the paint. Centralia was finally able to take a two point lead and was able to hold out through the final seconds of O.T. The lady panthers take on the rival Hallsville indians Friday night at 8:00 to decide who is crowned first place in the 2011 Centralia tournament and earn some bragging rights.

       The girls are still yet to take on the indians while boys have already become aquatinted. The Centralia Hallsville match up as usual was a barn burner to say the least. It came down to the final seconds of the game to decide the winner. Coming into the game both sides knew the importance of winning this game. Hallsville came into the game ready to play and coming off an upset of the number 2 seed, Sturgeon bulldogs. Hallsville is a less physical team that scores most of their points from the perimeter where they can be lights out from beyond the arc. Centralia came into the game off a blow out of Paris. Centralia is more physical with most of their points coming off defensive effort and drives to the paint. Centralia came out of the gates strong as they put up seven quick unanswered points and looked to be heading for an easy win. Hallsville fought back and pulled within a point of Centralia by half time. The second half was back and fourth although Centralia never lost the lead until 10 seconds left in the game when Hallsville took a one point lead. Centralia was stuffed offensively and couldn't find the net one last time. The men lose 51-52 and now play Southern Boone Saturday night at 6:00 for third place.


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