CENTREVILLE — For the third straight year, the girls’ basketball teams from Centreville and Athens needed overtime before a winner was decided.
It was Centreville picking up a thrilling 41-40 win to improve to 4-1 overall on the season.
After losing its season opener to Constantine, Centreville has now won its last four games.
“We went overtime with them (Athens) two years ago and won and they beat us last season,” said Centreville coach Jill Peterson.
Athens led a majority of the first half holding a 7-6 lead after one period and maintained its one-point margin 17-16 entering halftime.
Centreville trailed Athens 26-19 midway through the third quarter and went on a 6-0 run to pull within one, 26-25, entering the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs were staring at a 33-29 deficit, but used a 4-0 run, including the tying basket on a Samara Schlabach layup, to force overtime as the two teams were deadlocked at 33-33.
Centreville outscored Athens 8-7 in the extra session, including four quick points from freshman center Joanna Larsen on dribble penetration by the Lady Bulldogs’ guards.
For the first time this season, Centreville was outrebounded 32-29 by its opponent. The Lady Bulldogs shot 19-of-44 from the floor (43 percent) compared to Athens' 23 percent shooting from the field.
Larsen and Schlabach finished with 10 points each for Centreville. Brittany Morris added eight, Carlee Odom seven, Carly Todd four and Kayla Gest finished with two points.
Skyler DeMeyer had nine assists and three steals for the Lady Bulldogs and Morris pulled down six rebounds.
Centreville knocked down 18 field-goal attempts, including one 3-pointer, and made 4-of-7 free-throw attempts.
Athens was led in scoring by Noelle Fuller with 14 points and Corra Hamilton scored nine for the Lady Indians, who made 16 field-goal attempts and shot just 8-of-18 free-throw attempts.
Constantine girls 42
CONSTANTINE — Constantine’s girls’ basketball team dropped a 45-42 decision at home Friday to Marcellus.
Mackenzi Dobosiewicz poured in 13 points for Constantine. Lexi Dull added 12, Paulina Diaz had nine and Macey Tulley scored four.
“Turnovers killed us. We played timid and let them control the pace of the game,” said Constantine coach Rachel Schlosser.
Constantine only shot nine free throws the whole game.
“That means we were not aggressive on offense,” Schlosser added.
“Marcellus ran a lot of 2-3 zone and we weren’t able to knock down outside shots.”
Diaz and Kiara Price were in foul trouble for Constantine most of the game and ended up fouling out.
“With Hannah Ley still injured we ran an offense we were not used to and people had to play positions they usually don’t,” Schlosser said.
“We need to understand that it takes intensity the whole game in order to win and be a good team. We have to understand that defense will spark offense and energy and we can’t take possessions off. They hurt us on the fast break as well, they were flat out more aggressive and wanted it more, we need to learn to rise to the occasion.”
Constantine boys 59,
CONSTANTINE — Constantine held on to defeat visiting Marcellus 59-56 Friday.
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