Making it look easy this season, the No. 2-ranked Centreville girls basketball team had piled up 17 straight victories throughout the regular season. But how would the Bulldogs react in their first contest with a prize on the line?
Pretty much the same as those previous 17 games.
Centreville entered Thursday’s game against BCS foe Bronson with a 9-0 league record. The Vikings boasted an 8-1 mark with a chance for a piece of a conference title. Instead, Centreville made sure there was only one name on the trophy after a 42-30 victory.
“Tonight we came into the game focusing on defense and being patient on offense to keep Bronson on defense,” Centreville head coach Jill Peterson said. “We didn’t take very good care of the ball but rebounded well and shot decent.
“Even at this point in the season, we have many things to improve on in the next couple weeks. I’m proud of the girls for what they’ve accomplished this far and the support they show each other along the way.”
Turnovers, particularly in the first half, caused Centreville problems. Still, the Bulldogs were able to build a 23-16 halftime lead. Bronson was held to just one field goal in the third quarter as Centreville began to pull away.
Hannah Rice scored eight of her co-game-high 10 points for Centreville in the first half, and Samara Schlabach produced eight points on a night when nine players scored for the home team.
Kayla Gest had five points, Abby Nighswonger, Carly Todd and Joanna Larsen each scored four, Skyler DeMeyer had three, and Brittany Morris and Andrea Bell added two apiece.
Schlabach also had a team-best nine rebounds, Larsen grabbed eight, DeMeyer had seven on top of three steals, and Todd made four assists.
Kiera Lasky led Bronson with 10 points.