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Lady Panthers see ups and downs at California Tournament

Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 5:07 pm

Lady Panthers -40, Battle – 47

Centralia’s Lady Panthers girls basketball team showed glimmers of greatness in their 47-

Chris Heimann dives for a Battle dropped pass.

40 consolation game loss to Battle’s Lady Spartans.

After falling behind in a tough 17-9 first quarter that saw Battle getting the blocks and making the shots, Lady Panthers Head Coach Becca Schemmer made a game-changing strategy change.

“We switched from Man to Zone,” Schemmer said. “That worked until midway through the third when they started going to our post.”

Battle Head Coach Michael Fernandez said the decision made things tough. “Centralia went to a 2-3 Zone and it made things tough for us.”

Jozelyn Bostick goes up for two.

“Tough” meant holding Battle to two points in the second quarter while Centralia scored 12, taking the half-time lead 21-19.

Battle countered in the second half.

“We moved into a Four on One Flex,” Fernandez said, “and began switching between low-post and high-post. That enabled more ball movement.”

One observer, translating for the Fireside Guard, said: “They hit threes.”

That led to Battle taking a 10-point lead by the end of the third, 35-25.

Centralia responded, as Schemmer said, “We chucked the ball a lot.”

By the game’s end they pulled to within five, and Battle’s free-throws got them the last-minute seven-point lead to finish the game 47-40.”

Mary Kate Bennett led the Lady Panthers with 19 points, followed by Chris Heimann with six and Anna Romine with five.

Kaelyn Johnson led Battle with 19.

Centralia’s next action starts next week at the Macon Tournament against Brookfield.

For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.