CENTERBURG — The game the Centerburg Trojan girl’s basketball team played against Delaware Christian on Friday is one they undoubtedly want to have back.
The score was close until the fourth quarter when Delaware Christian pulled away by scoring 23 points to Centerburg’s 8. The Eagles ended up winning the game 60-43.
The fourth quarter really was the turning point in the game, with the inexperienced and young Centerburg girls playing less aggressively than their Delaware Christian counterparts.
Centerburg Coach Bo Glenn said his team’s lack of experience hurt them down the stretch.
“We continued with our game plan,” said Coach Bo Glenn. “We have to know who we are. We have speed. We have zero height. We might have gotten a little tired in the fourth quarter. I also think that it’s more of our inexperience. … We had so many opportunities with our defense attacking, getting deflections, steals, and we had wide open people, but threw the ball out of bounds. We have to understand how important it is just to pass and catch the basketball. We just had so many bad plays that were unforced that just beat us up.”
Glenn said his team is still developing its identity, and hopes that his many multi-sport athletes will be able to learn the nuances of basketball quickly.
“I have so many girls who play so many different sports,” Glenn said. “We have a ton of multi-sport athletes, which is fantastic, but when I only get them for three months out of the year, I have to still help them develop because they are so young. We still have to use game time and practice time as develop time to help them develop to the next level. Our opponent had way more paint shots than us, and with us being a young and inexperienced team, if we can get them in the mind-set of attacking and seeing the ball go in the hole, it’s going to help us out a lot more with our outside shots. I don’t want them settling for shots that they can get at any time. So we have to get into an attack mindset.”
The top scorer for Centerburg was sophomore Chloe Goulter who scored 11 points. Close behind was senior Grace Mulpas with eight points.
The top scorer for Delaware Christian, and the main contributor in the fourth quarter, was Lyssi Snouffer, who had eight points in the quarter and 27 points in the entire game. Katie Neuhart scored 12 points for Delaware Christian.
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