The Morrison Lady Eagles could not get their offense off the ground in the first half. The slow start led to the Lady Eagle demise in the second half. Centertown took the floor with winning in mind and left no doubts after four quarters of play as the Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Eagles, 21-16.
Madison Hollis and Madelyn Stubblefield of Centertown led the Lady Warriors with six points each while Brielee Kelsey led the Lady Eagles with six.
The Lady Eagle offense dominated the third quarter. Kelsey led Morrison with a basket and a pair of free throws. Lia Wright and Gabby Monzon worked their way through the defense for Morrison and the Lady Eagles owned the third quarter.
A basket inside by Stubblefield and a pair of free throws by Hollis was the only offense from Centertown after the halftime break. Shots that were available in the first half were gone in the second and after three complete Morrison trailed 12-9.
In the final period, Centertown settled down and held on to the lead although Morrison continued to push the pace. Chelsea Martin got an open look and made good on the opportunity for her first basket. Martin finished with four points.
The Lady Warriors saved their best quarter for last. Ricki Valenta had been scoreless for three quarters but unloaded all five of her points down the stretch. She knocked down a pair of shots inside and shot 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Katy Mae Cantrell cleaned up the rebound and got the putback for two points.
The quick start and the first half defensive pressure by Centertown played a huge factor in the win over the Lady Eagles.
The Morrison offense was off right from the start and the quick tempo in the early going did them no favors. The Lady Eagle shots went off the back of the rim, front of the rim, and over the rim. Shots were limited throughout the entire first half.
The quick pace favored the Lady Warrior offense in the first two quarters. Centertown did not exactly run up the score but after two quarters they were on the scoreboard. Stubblefield dropped a basket in each of the first two quarters.
Jaden Smartt drew contact on her way to the rim against the Lady Eagle defense and the whistle that followed sent her to the free-throw line. She knocked down both shots in the first quarter. At the half, Centertown had cut off the flow of Lady Eagle offense. Morrison trailed 8-0 after the first half.
The Lady Warriors defeated the Lady Eagles by a final score of 21-16.
LADY WARRIOR SCORING – Madison Hollis 6, Madelyn Stubblefield 6, Ricki Valenta 5, Jaden Smartt 2, Katy Mae Cantrell 2
LADY EAGLE SCORING – Brielee Kelsey 6, Chelsea Martin 4, Gaby Monzon 4, Lia Wright 2