The Trojans (4-4) didn’t score for the first four minutes of the game, and still trailed 17-13 with three minutes left in the second quarter. But, three straight offensive rebounds and putbacks sparked the Trojans to a 10-1 run to finish out the quarter.
“I think we started waking up, finally. You saw what we’re capable of doing. That’s how we’re supposed to start,” said Centerburg coach Todd Nauman. “I told the girls, other than the slow start, I was pretty happy with our whole performance.”
Most of those points came in the middle as the Trojans were able to exploit a weakness of Heath. Cierra Joiner, Sidney Fields and Halie Stoyle scored all 12 of those points for Centerburg.
“We started passing the ball better into the middle, particularly in the third quarter,” Nauman said. “Plus, we got some turnovers and those transitions turned into layups.”
Centerburg ended up outscoring the Bulldogs 23-4 in the third quarter to blow the game wide open.
The Trojans dominated in almost every category on the night. They outrebounded the Bulldogs, 49-32, handed out 10 assists and sank 9 of 10 attempts from the free-throw line. They even got all 11 players in the scorebook for the first time this year.
Nauman was particularly thrilled with the free-throw shooting and the defense, which forced 15 turnovers and held Heath to under 10 points in three quarters. Those turnovers led to five easy baskets for the Trojans.
“Our transition game has improved a lot in the last three games. We really got it going tonight in the third quarter. That’s my kind of basketball game. It’s an enjoyment to watch,” Nauman said.
Joiner led the Trojans overall with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals. Fields added 12 points and five rebounds, while Stoyle had eight points and five rebounds. Savannah Gammell checked with a solid game, scoring six points and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds, while Jessica Sutton had five points and three assists.
Heath was led by Brooke Brown, who had nine points and six rebounds. Daisha Shackleford and Emily Brown both added seven points.
The Trojans will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Whetstone at 7 p.m.