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Lady Cougars take 2 of 3, Makovec all-tournament

Staff writer

With just five teams entered in the pre-season basketball tournament at Herington last week, there were no semi-finals or finals. However, players were named to an all-tournament team based on performance.

Shelby Makovec received the honor after scoring 20 points or more in each of Centre’s three games.

She was 25-of-56 in shooting for the week, including 11 shots from behind the arc and 10-of-13 from the free-throw line. She also had 13 steals and 8 assists.

Makovec reached a total of 1,000 points in her high school career in the game Friday against Southeast of Saline. She is only the fifth player in Centre history to reach that milestone.

The Lady Cougars had an excellent chance to win all three of their games. They defeated Herington and Madison by wide margins but fell to Southeast of Saline by three points after giving up a one-point lead with 40 seconds remaining. Coach Alan Stahlecker was pleased with the team’s balanced shooting and defensive efforts. They outrebounded their opponents in every game.

Herington

Centre opened the tournament Dec. 9 with a 46-29 victory over Herington.

Centre got off to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter after Makovec made a trey and two free throws and Carlotta Benning made a basket. However, Herington then scored six unanswered points to take a one-point lead at the end of the quarter.

Centre regained the lead early in the second quarter and never again fell behind. Shelby Pankratz, Brenna Shields, Summer Espinoza, and Makovec combined for 18 points to produce a 25-13 halftime advantage.

The Lady Cougars continued to outscore Herington and went on to win by 17 points.

Benning led rebounding with 13, followed by Espinoza with 9.

Makovec scored 30 points, including six 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws.

The junior varsity was defeated, 30-25.

Southeast of Saline

Southeast of Saline was the Lady Cougars’ toughest opponent. They lost, 54-51. The game was close Friday until late in the third quarter when a SES burst gave them a 12-point lead, 48-36. Centre scored five points before the end of the quarter to close the gap to 7.

Centre gradually crept up on SES in the fourth quarter and went ahead, 51-50, with 40 seconds remaining. A couple of Centre errors resulted in four points for SES and a three-point loss for Centre.

Makovec scored 21 points. Seven other players also scored. Shields was the leading rebounder with 9.

Madison

Centre defeated Madison Saturday, 47-35. Despite numerous turnovers in the first quarter, Centre led 11-7 at the end of the quarter. Makovec, Benning, Shelby Pankratz, and Ally Basore all scored.

Madison tied the game in the second quarter, but Centre quickly regained the lead, ending the half with a 4-point advantage.

Madison added just 2 points in the third quarter as Centre added 10 to jump out to a 12-point lead. Both teams scored 11 points in the four quarter, resulting in a substantial Centre victory.

‘We shot 38 percent in this game, our best shooting percentage of the young season,” coach Alan Stahlecker said.

Makovec scored 20 points. Basore, Benning, and Espinoza scored 6 points each, and Shelby Pankratz and Carlotta Benning scored 4 points each.

The team’s record for the season is 3-1.

Last modified Dec. 18, 2014

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