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Perfect run for Lady Warriors
Photo courtesy of Painted Barn Media Charley Wilson rises over the Hickory Creek defense for a bucket in the county championship Friday.
Photo courtesy of Painted Barn Media Kinsley Simpson's big night (14 points) wasn't enough to lift the Lady Hawks to a county title.

It was going to take much more than a packed crowd to intimidate the Centertown girls team in the county championship game. The Lady Warriors went on the road and completed a perfect season Friday, beating Hickory Creek 32-18 to cap a remarkable run this year.

The walls at Centertown gym will get added decorations after this Lady Warriors’ run of success. Centertown won the preseason District 2 tournament, went unbeaten in regular season play and collected the D2 and county championships in the span of three days. Earning the final win was the hardest.

Centertown, which enjoyed homecourt advantage as the host site of the D2 postseason tournament, had to go on the road to face the Lady Hawks. The Lady Warriors were also tasked with stopping one of the best scorers in the county – Hickory Creek’s Kinsley Simpson – and they also lost star Reese Reinitz during the game to a tough injury.

The Lady Warriors overcame it all though, riding a hot start to their 10th win and final win.

Kinslee Jarvis, fresh off an MVP performance in the D2 postseason tournament, continued to channel her inner Derek Jeter when the lights were the brightest. Jeter earned moniker of 'Mr. November' while winning titles for the Yankes, but Jarvis has been Ms. November for the Lady Warriors after another incredible performance for the Lady Warriors. She highlighted a 14-2 start for Centertown with six early points, with her relentless attack of the paint and ability to blow past defenders contributing to her team’s double-digit advantage.

Hickory Creek was left in catch-up mode the rest of the way and no matter how hard the Lady Hawks tried, they just couldn’t make a dent in the lead.

Simpson again starred, scoring a game-high 14 points in defeat. Centertown always had an answer though, even when Simpson started to heat up in the second half.

Rylee Young started answer Hickory Creek’s star shot-for-shot in the third quarter, getting a pair of buckets on her way to an eight-point night. Anslee Pepper and Kate Williams also had key baskets after halftime to keep the Lady Hawks at bay.

By the time Karsyn Mathis connected around the basket in the fourth quarter, the game was sealed. Centertown once again got to count down the final seconds of a championship game before storming the court and getting another trophy.

Jarvis finished the night with 10 points to lead the Lady Warriors, while Charley Wilson had six – all in the first half. Williams, Pepper, Mathis and Reinitz (who had to be carried off early after landing awkwardly during action) had two points each. 

LB Guthrie and Willa Denning had two points each for the Hickory Creek Lady Hawks, who finished the year 10-1. Hickory Creek won its way into the championship Thursday night, beating Irving College 34-21 in the District 1 championship game. Simpson outscored the Lady Tigers on her own, pouring in 23 points in the title tilt at Bobby Ray.

Due to space limitations, more details on the District 1 boys and girls title games will follow in Wednesday’s countywide edition of the Southern Standard.