CENTERBURG — It wasn’t quite a Picasso, but the Centerburg girls basketball team will take it.
The Trojans used a strong defense to withstand pressure from Ridgedale and some internal issues and pull out a 51-44 victory over the Rockets. The win kept the Trojans unbeaten in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and in control as the teams near the midway point.
“Our offensive execution was not what we were looking for, but our defense held them to 13 points in the first half, so that’s not a bad thing,” said Centerburg coach Todd Nauman. “It wasn’t aesthetically pleasing to watch, but it’s a win.”
The Trojans (6-2 overall, 5-0 MOAC) put the defensive clamps on the Rockets in the first half. Ridgedale (4-4, 2-2) was able to make just 2 of 15 shots in the first quarter and 3 of 13 in the second as the Trojans pulled out to a 10-point lead (23-13).
Even though they were up 10, the Trojans had some uncharacteristic moments in the first half and never seemed to be able to take complete control. Some bad turnovers and several blocked shots by the Rockets kept Centerburg from putting the game on ice.
Centerburg senior Kendall Compton took control in the third quarter, scoring nine of her game-high 23 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds, including five offensively, in the period to make sure Ridgedale couldn’t mount a comeback.
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