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Lady Panthers win first round of the Centralia Invitational

Posted on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 2:50 am

Beat Salisbury 47-38

Except for a portion of the fourth quarter the Lady Panthers dominated Salisbury.

Elle Berendzen steals the ball.

Harper Sontheimer

The now 3-1 Lady Panthers next play Boonville, 6 p.m. Wednesday night in round two of the Centralia Invitational.

The Ladies had a tough moment in the fourth  quarter when Salisbury temporarily took the lead, 27-26.

After a minute, Jozelynn Bostick tied the score with a three-point shot from the east side. Then Claire Bennett sank a jumper to pull Centralia ahead and Annie Robinson pulled them away with another jumper. By the time the dust had cleared, Centralia led 33-29.

From there Centralia maintained control till the end.

“At halftime I told them everything we needed to change was fixable,” Centralia Head Coach Becca Schemmer said afterward. “We played flat the first three quarters and they did a good job of blocking our shots.”

The Lady Panthers are now 3-1.