Cody Strawser/ News Northmor’s Julianna Ditullio (10) drives past Centerburg defender Chloe Goulter during their girls basketball game Wednesday at Centerburg. The Knights held on for a 53-41 victory over the Trojans.

CENTERBURG — A second-half comeback wasn’t enough for the Centerburg Trojans on Wednesday night. The Trojans outscored Northmor 28-19 in the second half, but they couldn’t overcome a first-half deficit and lost to the Golden Knights, 53-41 in a Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference showdown at Centerburg.

The Golden Knights outscored the Trojans 34-13 in the first half, but the Trojans got their offense going in the second half, more than doubling their output in the first 16 minutes.

“It was a tale of two halves,” said Centerburg coach Bo Glenn. “We preach attitude and effort and in the first half it was non-existent whatsoever. The second half was much better. We came back. We were down 22 and cut that to within 10 or 9. It was good to see our kids not giving up. That means a lot to me. That’s going to define their character after basketball. That’s the only thing that I care about. I care about the people who they are going to become after basketball.”

The Northmor Golden Knights were satisfied with the win, but they certainly were not satisfied with the way they played in the second half. The Golden Knights definitely thought that their victory could have been even more dominant than what it turned out to be.

“We played about three and a half quarters,” said Northmor coach Freddie Beachy. “Our team forgot that there are four quarters in a game. I do have a lot of young kids playing and we’re trying to teach them that it doesn’t matter what the other team’s record is. Centerburg outhustled us in the fourth quarter and made this a close game. If you get outhustled, you are going to get beat. I don’t care who you are. We’ll take it though. We’ll take the win. The keys to victory tonight were starting out fast, rebounding, making our layups, and putting our starters back in at the end of the game.”

Centerburg was led by Chloe Goulter with 14 points. Grace Mulpas added eight points, while Olivia Ross had seven, and Amelia Smith six.

Lexi Wenger scored 17 points to lead the Knights. Reagan Swihart hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points.

Both teams return to action in the KMAC on Saturday. Centerburg travels to Danville at 1 p.m., while Northmor heads to Mount Gilead at 2:30 p.m.

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