All season, the Centertown Lady Warriors and WCMS Pioneers have run roughshod over the rest of District 2. Nothing changed on championship night.
Both teams completed undefeated seasons with dominant wins in the title games. Centertown downed the WCMS Lady Pioneers 21-7, while the Pioneers topped the Centertown Warriors 49-15.
Kelly Eckenrod has made a habit of winning county titles, many coming at Centertown. Tuesday’s finish was still special though.
“I’ve won titles, but this was my first undefeated run. Those don’t come around very often,” said Eckenrod, whose team won all 12 of its games dating back to the preseason tournament in December. “It’s a blessing. The timing was right. I’ve had these girls since fourth grade. They’re committed to summer work and they’re team oriented. It’s a great group that made my job super easy.”
The Lady Warriors never strayed from their formula for success – overwhelm teams with pressure and rely on a wave of fresh bodies. The Lady Pioneers didn’t score from the field until the fourth quarter, when Centertown had already amassed a double-digit lead.
The Lady Warriors surrendered just three points through three quarters, giving them the ability to build a 13-3 advantage.
Mackenzie Trapp helped close the door in the fourth, scoring all of her six points in the final period. Trapp, who was named to the all-tournament team, was the high scorer in the championship.
Centertown got four points each from Haley Smith and Abby Fann, while Regin Grissom added three. Brinlee Griffith and Allie Melton scored two each.
Zoie Verge and Bri Taylor each had fourth-quarter buckets for WCMS, while Kia Ann King sank two second-quarter free throws. Alexis Verdel rounded out the scoring with one point.
The boys game flipped the script.
The Pioneers, led by dynamic forward Dyson Elam, were the unstoppable force steamrolling to a title.
After the Pioneers came out of the first quarter trailing 4-2, Elam took over. There was no amount of defenders Centertown could send to stop the forward, who rolled up 22 points in the second and third quarters before watching most of the fourth.
Elam was relentless attacking the basket, dominating the paint for many of his points. He also keyed the Pioneer defense, which held the Warriors in check in the second half.
The Pioneers also got big nights from Nathan Turner and Andrew Key, who scored six points apiece. JP Toney added five points, including putting the exclamation point on the championship with a late 3-pointer.
Aaron Templeton added four points, while Brody Womack scored all his points on a three-point play to kick-start the Pioneers in the second quarter. Rounding out the Pioneer scoring were Creed Adams with two and Lincoln Sain with one.
Coach Justin Adcock was happy to watch the team’s hard work turn into such a successful season.
“They have put in countless hours improving as players and people. I’m confident they have become stronger in both areas,” said Adcock. “We had a lot of talent and they will all have bright futures in whatever they choose to pursue. I look forward to watching them grow as athletes and young men.”
Tyler “T-Bone” Adams and Sam Rivers led the Warriors with four points apiece. Moore Young added three, while Connor Williams and Brock Beddies scored two points each.