The team defeats Elyria in overtime on parents’ night
The Centre High School girls’ basketball team won both of their games last week to improve their record to 10-9 overall.
Playing on the road Friday, they defeated Wakefield, 51-46. After an 11-10 first quarter, an 11-4 second quarter increased Centre’s lead to 8 points, 22-14, at halftime.
The Cougars outscored Wakefield in the third period to lead, 15-13, but were outscored 19-14 in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the team finished with a 5-point victory.
Shelby Makovec led scoring with 20 points, followed by Cacey Simons with 13 and Amy Makovec with 10. Beka Basore scored 4 points, and Genesis Rudolph and Theo Kassebaum scored 2 points each.
The junior varsity was defeated, 34-31, in overtime. Jasmin Ghany scored 12 points, Nellie Kassebaum 7, Callie Riffel 5, Kailyn Riffel 3, and Brenna Shields and Carrie Carlson 2 each.
Playing 12-3 Elyria Christian on parents’ night Feb. 7, the 8-9 Lady Cougars defeated the Lady Eagles, 47-43, in a close contest that went into overtime.
Seniors Kassebaum and Bessie Yang received special recognition.
Centre had a 16-10 lead after one quarter, but the game tightened after that, with Elyria leading, 24-23, at halftime. Shelby Makovec, Amy Makovec, and Basore combined for 8 points in the third quarter, and Makenzie Deines made a free throw to give Centre a 30-29 lead.
It was nip and tuck in the fourth period. Centre led, 38-34, with one minute remaining but allowed Elyria to get to the free throw line two times to tie the game at 38 and send it into overtime.
A field goal by Kassebaum put the Lady Cougars on top, but a 3-pointer by Elyria turned the lead back to the Lady Eagles. A field goal by Simons and free throws by Amy Makovec, followed by two free throws by Elyria made the score 44-43 in Centre’s favor.
Two free throws by Shelby Makovec and one by Genesis Rudolph in the final seconds of the game gave the Lady Cougars a 4-point victory.
Simons led scoring with 16 points, followed by Shelby Makovec with 10. Other scorers were Amy Makovec 9 points, Basore 4, Deines and Rudolph 3 each, and Kassebaum 2.