Centennial uses big first quarter to top Burleson

Posted Friday, Jan. 17, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

The first quarter made the difference for Burleson Centennial as the Spartans outlasted Burleson 64-53 in a key District 8-4A contest Friday at Spartan Arena.

With the win, Centennial (18-7, 7-2 District 8-4A) took over sole possession of second place in the district. And from the Spartans’ first-quarter performance, it appeared they would put the game away early.

Centennial hit five 3-pointers in the opening quarter against Burleson’s zone defense to open a 28-9 lead.

“I just told them that was some of the most beautiful basketball they’ve ever played,” Centennial coach Valerie Wootan said. “They moved without the ball, they shared the ball, found who was open and took the best shot.”

After Burleson’s Mackenzie Hailey converted a layup, Centennial went on an 18-3 run to close the first quarter. Meagan Benson, Cassidy Barbare and Lorin Worthington each hit 3-pointers in the quarter’s final 1:45.

Benson led all scorers with 27 and nailed four 3-pointers. Brooklyn Garcia netted 14, and Worthington added 13.

“We were just so in sync, we knew where each other were going to be on the floor,” Benson said. “We needed this win, and we just played hard.”

But late in the second quarter, Burleson mounted a comeback. Kayli Baker and Madison Landers each hit 3-pointers to ignite a 9-0 Elks run to close within 37-28 at the break.

But the Elks (15-8, 6-3) couldn’t climb the mountain of a 19-point deficit. Hailey’s basket midway through the third made the score 39-37, and Burleson battled back again with 4:50 to play in the game when Lindsay Bryan hit a 3-pointer that made the score 54-52.

Centennial committed only 10 turnovers and hit free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?


Get updates on the go

Live scores from a full slate of games, plus news and videos from our high school experts. Right on your phone.

Follow us on Twitter

Read our latest posts at twitter.com/dfwvarsity



Game of the week