CENTERBURG — A mighty comeback by the Centerburg Trojans came down to a final shot.
Kendall Compton scored 27 points for Centerburg, which rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game. However, Compton’s final shot, a contested 3-pointer, fell just short, and the North Union Wildcats came away with a 52-49 nonconference victory on the Trojans’ home court.
“We were two possessions away,” said Centerburg head coach Todd Nauman. “Two more scores, we win by one.”
It looked like all was lost for Centerburg (12-4) when the team trailed, 48-32, with 5:40 remaining in the game. But a furious 17-1 run over the next four minutes brought the game to a tie, with fans in attendance on their feet and making more noise than they had made all season long.
Faithe Carr helped spur on the run. The senior hit a 3-pointer then, on her team’s next trip up the court, scrambled for an offensive rebound, kicked the ball out to Compton and watched her score. Seconds later, Carr stole the inbounds pass and scored again, bringing the Trojans to within eight.
The next two possessions were more of the same. Two North Union turnovers. Two Centerburg buckets. The first was another on another Carr pass to Compton. The second was by Carr on a feed from Maddie Gregory.
With 1:49 to play, Gregory sank a 3 to tie the game at 49.
“I don’t know if they (North Union) relaxed a little bit or what,” said Nauman. “But we got in their face and they threw the ball to us a couple of times. And we converted out of those situations.”
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