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Lady Warriors still unbeaten

The Centertown Lady Warriors remained undefeated for the season after defeating the Morrison Lady Eagles on Monday night, 39-25.

Centertown led 24-11 at halftime with widespread scoring among six Lady Warriors. Brinlee Griffith helped get Centertown off to an early lead with a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer in the first quarter. Annabelle Reintz contributed five points in the first half to help the Lady Warriors as well.

The top scorer of the game for Centertown was Kealey Simpson with 11 points. Simpson dominated on the boards, and often passed rebounds back out to her teammates, assisting in the team’s scoring.

The Lady Warriors were scoreless in the third quarter as Morrison closed the gap by scoring nine points. The score was 24-20 heading into the fourth quarter with Centertown holding onto a slim lead.

The fourth quarter was the decisive quarter as Centertown exploded with 15 points and held Morrison to only 5. Kealey Simpson scored 7 of her 11 points in that dominating fourth quarter.

Centertown coach Kelly Eckenrod commented after the game, “Morrison played a great game, and I am always nervous when I come to this gym. I feel good about it. We settled down some, and we came back and had a great fourth quarter. That is what did it for us. That Morrison team is the scrappiest in the league. I think we are 8-0, and we have missed some games because of COVID. It is either 7-0 or 8-0. We have three more games this week before we start the tournament next week.”

One distinction coach Eckenrod is known for is an unusual sideline presence -- not coaching with any shoes. She thinks no one notices, but if she doesn’t take them off, the parents or players will tell her to remove them. There is a perception that the team does better when her shoes are off.

The top scorer for Morrison was Jayla Garibaldi with 13 points. Garibaldi was a force all over the court. She hustled on defense, and was taking shots from all over the floor. She was very aggressive going to the basket, and collected several fouls, making 7-of-13 foul shots.

The elementary 7-8 grade tournament is scheduled to begin next week Feb. 2.

Centertown 39 Morrison 25 Centertown: Kealey Simpson 11, Annabelle Reinitz 8, Kenda Fann, 5, Allie Melton 5, Brinlee Griffith 5, MacKenzie Trapp 3, Abby Fann 2 Morrison: Jayla Garibaldi 13, Brinlee Vincion 4, Hailey Reynolds 4, Chloe Wanamaker 2, Harmoni Kennerly 2