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Lady Eagles outlast Centertown

The Centertown Lady Warriors knew Tuesday’s home game in the 7-8 grade elementary league was one of their last chances to change their winless season, but the troubles for the Lady Warriors just kept coming.
Playing against the Morrison Lady Eagles, whose lone win came against Centertown Dec. 17, at home was supposed to be the time when the streak snapped, but even a big night from Hope Valenta couldn’t get the job done.
Without leading scorer Alli Howard, the Lady Warriors dropped to 0-8 with a 18-15 loss to the Lady Eagles.
Tuesday’s game was a make-up contest from last Thursday, when schools closed and all elementary games were postponed. Waiting five more days to try to stop its seven-game slide added more motivation for the Lady Warriors, but Morrison and forward Tevan Holder came out firing.
Holder scored the game’s first points on a 3-pointer, which helped Morrison take an 8-2 lead in the first quarter. Harley Boyd and Skyler Youngblood each added layups for the Lady Eagles while Brooke Murphy sank a free throw.
Valenta had the lone basket early for the Lady Warriors, who continued to struggle with their shooting in the second quarter. Abagail Mathis scored the team’s lone second-quarter points on a short jumper, which was answered by another 3-pointer from Holder for the Lady Eagles.
Morrison went into the locker room leading 11-4, but Valenta came out hot for the Lady Warriors in the second half.
Centertown kept feeding its post player, leading to Valenta sinking a layup and two free throws. Emilie Blankenship added a basket and Mathis chipped in a free throw as the Lady Warriors outscored Morrison 7-2 in the third quarter.
With the lead down to 13-11 entering the final period, Centertown could sense its streak slowly coming to a close. It wasn’t meant to be for the Lady Warriors though.
Boyd started action in the final period with a layup, putting Morrison up four. Valenta would cut it back to two with free throws, but Murphy sealed the deal late.
With Morrison clinging to a 15-13 lead, Murphy stole a pass and streaked toward her basket. On her shot attempt, the Lady Eagle guard was fouled and sent to the line for two shots. Murphy buried both attempts, putting Morrison up for good with 46 seconds to play. Valenta added two more free throws in the final seconds, giving her a game-high 10 points, but it wasn’t enough as Morrison won by three.
Holder led the Lady Eagles with seven points, followed by Murphy with five, Boyd with four and Youngblood with two. Mathis scored three points for Centertown while Blankenship added two.
In other girls elementary action Tuesday, the Irving College Lady Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Eastside Lady Bulldogs 31-28.
Irving College went into the final period trailing 22-19, but sharp shooting brought the Lady Tigers back. Callie Cathcart and Caylie Sherrell sandwiched 3-pointers around a layup by Cassity Wanamaker as the Lady Tigers turned a three-point deficit into a three-point victory.
Sherrell finished with a team-high 12 points for Irving College as the team improved to 6-2. Rounding out the Lady Tiger scoring were Cathcart with seven, Cheslee Curtis with five, Candace Wanamaker with four, Cassity Wanamaker with two and Jordan Bess with one.
Rylan Moore led Eastside with 14 points, followed by Madison Parsley with 10 and Jayden Smith with four.


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