Varsity, JV, swat Fulton
Despite the dire weather warnings, Friday night there was high school basketball in Centralia.
The Lady Panthers varsity and junior varsity hosted the Fulton Lady Hornets and sent both Fulton’s squads home with losses. The JV Lady Panthers won 47-24. The varsity Lady Panthers won 73-57.
Central controlled the game from the first quarter onward.
They finished the first ahead, 10-8, then as Fulton Coach Dillan Brunk put it, “Centralia put the hammer down.”
The Lady Panthers went into the locker room at half-time, ahead 33-18. They maintained the lead in the third, finishing the quarter 48-34 and ended the game, beating the 2-8 Lady Hornets 73-57.
Mary Kate Bennett lead Centralia with a game-high 21 points. Joella Melegrito and Baylee Beard supported her with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Sydney Hedgpath led Fulton with 15.
“Thirty and 10,” Brunk said when asked who Fulton had planned to target on defense, referring to Bennet and Melegrito. “Kudos to them for putting up the
shots. That’s what we wanted to keep from happening and we couldn’t.”
Bruno said when Centralia increased there defensive pressure int he second it put Fulton into foul trouble and they never got their game back, enabling Centralia to pull away.
Lady Panther Head Coach Becca Schemmer said they went into the second intending to increase the defensive pressure on Fulton. “And besides that the girls did a good job of pushing the ball down the court… Fulton switched back and forth between Man and Zone defense and it didn’t stop us.”
Besides the shooting of Bennett, Melegrito and Beard, she also complimented Kaylin Finlay’s work off the bench. “She scored a timely three for us to break a Fulton drive and was there when we needed her on defense.”
The Lady Panthers went out into the rain afterward carrying a 5-4 record.
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.