After losing its season opener, Centreville has been on cruise control, racking up win after win en route to the No. 4 ranking in Class C and a 15-1 record.
But with each win the target on the Bulldogs’ backs gets bigger and bigger as was evident Tuesday night in Berrien Springs, where the host Shamrocks rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to open the third quarter with a 10-0 run to pull ahead of Centreville briefly 26-25.
After numerous ties, including one at 31 apiece after the third quarter, Centreville finally pulled ahead 38-35 with 1:33 remaining in the contest, and knocked down its remaining shots and free throws for the 43-35 victory.
“Tonight was a needed game for us,” said Centreville head coach Jill Peterson. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been pushed to the limits and Berrien Springs played tough the entire way and stayed right on our heels. We hit some key shots down the stretch and had some crucial takeaways to gain and keep the lead.”
Carlee Odom led a balanced scoring attack for the Bulldogs with nine points, while also recording five steals on the defensive end. Carly Todd, Joanna Larsen and Samara Schlabach each added seven points with Larsen also grabbing eight rebounds and blocking three shots down low and Schlabach hauling in seven boards of her own.
Senior point guard Skyler DeMeyer added five points and dished out six assists and Kayla Gest also had five points. Rounding out the scoring for the Bulldogs was Abby Nighswonger with two points and Hannah Rice with one.
Sanders led Berrien Springs with 13 points as McFarland chipped in 12, and Jaz and Singh each added five apiece.