Second-half post play carries Lady Falcons past Bulldogs

CONSTANTINE — Constantine’s dominance inside during the second half allowed the host Lady Falcons to record a 41-32 non-conference comeback win over Centreville at home Tuesday.
It was the season opener for both schools.
Centreville (0-1) jumped out to a 12-6 lead over Constantine after the opening eight minutes and carried a 17-14 lead into halftime. The Lady Bulldogs took a slim 25-22 lead into the fourth quarter.
Constantine’s junior duo of center Hannah Ley and forward Paulina Diaz both had a big second half for the Lady Falcons (1-0).
Ley poured in 12 of her game-high 16 points in the second half, including 10 during the fourth quarter.
Diaz added nine of her 15 points in the fourth quarter.
“We gave up way too many second chance shots and the Falcons converted well inside,” said Centreville coach Jill Peterson. “As hard as it is to lose games early on, we’re approaching the season building a solid foundation at the risk of taking a hit early to peak at the right time later in the season. “Tonight we took the hit, tomorrow we show our resiliency with how we approach practice.”
Makenzi Dobosiewicz finished with five points for Constantine. Kiara Price chipped in four and Baylee Bacheller scored one.
Constantine finished with 16 field-goal attempts and was 9-of-22 at the foul stripe.
Sophomore Samara Schlabach produced a team-high 14 points for Centreville with eight of those coming during the second half.
Carly Todd scored six for the Bulldogs, while Kayla Gest added five, Brittany Morris, Carlee Odom and Hannah Rice all had two each and Skyler DeMeyer had one point.
Centreville had 13 field-goal attempts and made 3-of-4 free-throw attempts.
DeMeyer, a senior, also had seven assists and five steals for Centreville. Morris finished with six rebounds.
“Tonight we played hard and showed great effort on both ends of the court. As surprising as it is to say this, I think we were too unselfish,” Peterson said.
“In situations when we needed an aggressive finish at the basket, we looked to pass instead of taking the shot.”
Scott Hassinger can be reached at 279-7488 ext. 25 or sports@threeriversnews.com.
 

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