CENTERBURG — The Centerburg girls basketball team defeated Mount Gilead in a fast-paced shootout Wednesday night. The Trojans came out on top 56-45 in the Knox Morrow Athletic Conference matchup and showed up ready to play.
“Our team goal is to go .500 in the league,” said Centerburg head coach Bo Glenn. “That is a team goal that the girls really believe that can happen. They’re just bringing excitement.”
Centerburg was in a fast-paced shootout from the minute the game started, with both teams using presses and traps that resulted in numerous turnovers. It was the tranquility of Savannah Gammell who lead the Trojans in the first period of play with six points, and she was helped by a three hit by teammate Kristy Vargo. The pair aided in a 14-9 Trojan advantage heading into the second frame.
In the start of the second, Gammell started right where she left off — owning the paint and scoring four more. Teammate Grace Mulpas her presence known in the paint as well, scoring six. With several changes in possession and defensive stops playing a huge role throughout the game, Glenn credited the energy that his bench provided throughout the night. The energy and excitement helped limit the Mount Gilead offense to only six second-quarter points, giving Centerburg a 24-15 advantage heading into the locker room.
The pressure did not stop in the third, with Centerburg and Mount Gilead not giving an inch on their presses and traps. This only gave the duo of Gammell and Mulpas more opportunity and they combined for nine points in the quarter. Teammate Rebecca Scholl kicked in two free throws as well. The high-tempo defense the Trojans ran put Mount Gilead into the double bonus. The Indians took advantage of this and scored five of their 16 points in the third at the stripe, and cut the Centerburg lead to 35-31 to start the fourth.
The fourth quarter was heavy in fouling, due to Mount Gilead looking for ways to stay in the game. The Trojans were sent to the line 12 times in the frame, and nabbed 14 of their 21 points from the stripe. The Indians could not keep up much longer, scoring only 14 to give the Trojans the 56-45 victory.
Gammell lead the Trojans with a double-double, scoring 23 and grabbing 13 off the glass and Mulpas followed with 14 points. Elise Tucker, Kristy Vargo and Scholl combined for 11 points. Chloe Goulter was second on the team with five rebounds.
Madison Fitzpatrick lead the Indians with 11 points, while recording five rebounds. Teammate Samantha Sullivan followed with eight points and eight boards.
Centerburg is set to host Danville Saturday, starting with the JV tipoff at 1 p.m.