Words: Shawn Kruhm
Photos: Eliza Andrew
On Thursday, February 14, the girls’ Varsity basketball team hosted Howard High School.
The support from fans decked out in white would prove to not be enough, as Centennial fell to Howard by a final score of 47-32.
Despite the devastating loss, the team was able to raise money through a successful raffle with numerous prizes donated from various parents and teachers. All of the money gained from the raffle was donated to the Zaching Against Cancer Foundation.
Although Centennial was eventually defeated, they put up a strong fight and led for much of the game.
Neither team wasted any time at the start of the game. Centennial took a quick three-point lead due to an early block from junior Rasa Welsh, followed by a tough bucket in transition.
Following the energizing play, Howard began pressing Centennial. Their full-court pressure would eventually lead to several consecutive turnovers as Howard closed out the first quarter, leading 15-10.
Howard’s full-court, defensive pressure continued to be a problem for Centennial throughout the game. Despite their struggle to move the ball off the in-bound, the Eagles found a way to score in transition. Junior Brook Anderson nailed two, big-time three-pointers in the second quarter to keep the girls in the game.
Entering halftime tied at 19, Welsh led the team with three blocks, five rebounds, and four points.
The third quarter began slow, but the pace picked up rapidly. Both sides dominated on offense, but struggled on defense.
Howard led by a score of 31-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Opening the final quarter with a 6-0 run, Howard created a large deficit that Centennial could not overcome.
The Eagles were defeated by a final score of 47-32. The girls will look to bounce back as they travel to Wilde Lake this Friday night.For more breaking news and photos, follow The Wingspan on Instagram and Twitter @CHSWingspan.