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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball Falls to Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Rasa Welsh

After a long, suspenseful week of preparation, the Centennial Boys’ Basketball team traveled to Reservoir for the 3A east regional semi-final game.

On Monday, March 4, the boys basketball team fell to Reservoir by a final score of 61-51.

Both teams got out to a quick start and continued to apply pressure throughout the first quarter. The Eagles shot exceptionally well early-on and entered the second quarter leading 15-12.

Leading up to halftime, Centennial began to struggle. With just two minutes remaining in the first half, Reservoir knocked down three consecutive three-pointers. The Eagles scored just 4 points in the second quarter as Reservoir took an 8 point lead at halftime.

Centennial’s offensive struggles continued in the second half. Throughout the third quarter, Reservoir caused several turnovers and scored various fast break points. They continued to knock down shots, making it difficult for Centennial to come back.

Despite entering the fourth quarter down 17 points, Centennial did not give up. In the final quarter, the Eagles increased their defensive intensity as they closed in on Reservoir.

With less than two minutes left to play, Centennial trailed by 5 points. Reservoir responded by scoring back-to-back layups to seal the win.

Junior Joey Sedlacko led Centennial’s great comeback, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter.

“We fought hard and never gave up, but unfortunately we could not come out with the win,” said Sedlacko. “However, I am proud of the things we have accomplished this year.”

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Centennial Girls’ Varsity Basketball Complete Comeback over Hammond on Senior Night

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Rasa Welsh

Playing their final, guaranteed home game, Centennial’s seniors took the floor for a night to remember.

On Friday, February 22, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity basketball team defeated Hammond by a final score of 56-53.

Centennial’s starting lineup consisted of their three seniors, Ashley Molz, Jordan Dossett, and Madison Fowler, accompanied by junior Rasa Welsh and sophomore Tori Pearson.

The game was off to a quick start as both teams found themselves successful on offense. Neither team was able to hold onto a large lead due to various scoring runs from each side.

Despite Centennial’s aggressive offense, Hammond found themselves leading by a score of 29-25 at halftime.

Hammond continued to put on the pressure in the second half. Centennial struggled on both sides of the ball due to great defense and tremendous playmaking abilities from Hammond’s Imani Reid.

Reid scored her 1000th career point in the second half as she continued to dominate.

Although Reid was successful throughout the entire game, her efforts were not enough. In the final quarter of play Centennial went on a 16-9 run to give them the lead as they defeated Hammond by three points.

Welsh finished the game with 16 points, followed by Pearson with 12, and Brook Anderson with 9.

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Centennial’s Future Business Leaders of America Dominate at Regionals

Words: Shawn Kruhm

On January 19, the Future Business Leaders of America Club (FBLA) at Centennial competed in the Regionals Skills Competition. Four Centennial students placed first, four placed second, and 10 are advancing to the State Leadership Conference.

The FBLA is a club in which students compete in various events and attend workshops and field trips to strengthen their skills.

Students participate in conferences of all levels, challenging others in over 60 events. Competitive events include tests taken prior to the conference as well as live performances judged at the conference.

Kenneth Xue, Ryan Yu, Edward Du, Talia Andrews, Abhiram Metuku, Anudeep Metuku, Ashwin Iyer, Ana Cunningham, Anika Huang, and Kiran Vepa all qualified for the State Conference in Portland, Oregon, which will take place April 4-6.

If students perform well enough in the state competition, they will be invited to attend the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 29 to July 2.

Ashwin Iyer was one of the few students that placed first in their event. Leading up to the test, he attended several workshops as he trained for his first regional competition.

“For those of us who have written an objective test, we attend workshops given by a large variety of business professionals,” said Iyer. “One of the most interesting workshops this year was given by the Secret Service.”

Iyer attended the regional competition to support his fellow teammates and listen to the results of the test.

As a whole, the team performed exceptionally well. Students of all different ages and skills placed higher than expected.

“I did not think I would get first place, especially in such a competitive category with many competitors,” said Iyer. “Upon hearing that I had indeed won first place, I was overjoyed.”

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Girls’ Basketball Falls to Howard

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.

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Centennial Girls Dominate in Rematch Against Rival Mount Hebron

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

With a devastating loss in early December on their minds, the Girls’ Varsity basketball team hosted a rematch against archrival Mount Hebron.

On December 12, Centennial traveled to Mount Hebron High School, only to be defeated by a final score of 46-32. After nearly two months of preparation, the Eagles were able to get their revenge, and they did not disappoint.

On Monday, February 4, The Centennial Girls’ Varsity basketball team defeated the Mount Hebron Vikings by a score of 56-48.

Despite the victory, the Eagles struggled early on. Mount Hebron took a 6-0 lead after just two minutes of play.

After a timeout from Coach Rob Slopek with four minutes remaining in the first quarter, Centennial was able to put it all together.

Following the timeout, seniors Ashley Molz and Jordan Dossett each had crowd energizing blocks on back-to-back defensive possessions. The defensive stops greatly fueled the team, as they entered the second quarter trailing 15-14.

Despite junior Brook Anderson’s three-point struggles throughout the game, she made several clutch plays, including shooting six-for-six from the line. Down three points, Anderson nailed a deep shot from beyond the arc, tying the game at 17.

After several minutes of play, Centennial found themselves down five; however, they would not give in.

To close out the first half, The Eagles went on an 11-0 run, capped off by a contested three-pointer from Anderson. They led Mount Hebron 30-24, heading into halftime.

The third quarter was dominated by junior Rasa Welsh. Welsh recorded her first block of the game and carried the team on both sides of the court.

Centennial struggled during the opening minutes of the second half, but figured out how to guard Hebron with their zone defense.

Welsh scored nine points in the third quarter alone. After recording her third steal of the night, Welsh carried the ball down the court. With just three seconds remaining in the third quarter, Welsh shot a contested three-pointer. To Mount Hebron’s dismay, Welsh hit the buzzer-beating shot that put the Eagles up 12 points.

“I was just focused on defense and making sure they did not score,” said Welsh. “I got the steal and saw three seconds on the clock. I shot it, and sure enough it went in.”

Hebron began the fourth quarter strong, scoring several quick points, but fell short of Centennial. Molz hit a crucial three-pointer with few minutes remaining to put the game out of reach.

Centennial won by a final score of 56-48.

“It was super important to get this win over Hebron,” said Welsh. “Having lost to them at the beginning of the season and then coming back and beating them by eight [points] was amazing!”

Welsh led the team in scoring, finishing with 21 points, one block, and four steals. Anderson followed, scoring 17 points of her own.

Centennial will look to improve their record this Friday against Long Reach at 7:00pm.

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Centennial Boys’ Basketball Falls Short Against River Hill

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Jenna Torres

On Wednesday, January 16, the Centennial Boys’ basketball team was defeated by River Hill, 50-35.

Centennial kept the score close throughout the entire game. It was not until the fourth quarter that River Hill took a lead that the Eagles were unable to recover from.

Although River Hill held an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, Centennial dominated at the start of the game. Throughout the entire first half, the Eagles played strong defense. Due to immense pressure, they caused several turnovers.

Despite countless offensive possessions, Centennial was unable to convert on many instances.

Assisted by the defense, they held River Hill to just 18 first half-points, and entered halftime trailing 18-15.

As play resumed, Centennial’s offensive struggles only worsened and their defense began to fall apart. They turned over the ball on numerous occasions, resulting in fast break opportunities for River Hill.

Lead scorer junior Joey Sedlacko said, “We struggled with taking care of the ball. We could have attacked the basket more instead of settling for jump shots.”

Centennial trailed by eight points at the end of the third quarter.

The Eagles did not move the ball well in the final quarter. River Hill went on a 13-0 run after taking advantage of several consecutive turnovers. Centennial allowed 19 points in the fourth quarter and lost by a final score of 50-35.

“In the fourth quarter we turned the ball over too many times,” said Sedlacko.  “[Turnovers] led to transition points for River Hill, which widened their lead.”

The loss to River Hill was Centennial’s second in-county loss this season. They look to improve their 7-5 record this Friday as they travel to take on Oakland Mills at 7:00pm.

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Basketball Takes Down Howard

Words: Shawn Kruhm

Photos: Eliza Andrew

On Friday, January 4, Centennial Boys’ Varsity basketball defeated the Howard Lions by a final score of 50-37.

The first quarter was all about defense. The ball was back-and-forth the entire quarter as both teams struggled to convert on big plays. Centennial led 8-5 at the end of the first quarter.

As play resumed, Centennial continued to fall short on missed opportunities. Howard began to take advantage of the Eagles’ poor offensive series, resulting in Centennial scoring just five points in the second quarter. Heading into halftime, Howard led by a score of 18-13.

Despite their lackadaisical first half, Centennial came out ready to win. They scored 21 points in the third quarter alone. Assisted by numerous turnovers, Centennial held Howard to just seven points.

The Eagles completely turned the game around as they converted on a crucial run and closed out the third quarter with a 34-25 lead over Howard.

Centennial kept their fast-paced game plan throughout the second half. In the fourth quarter, they continued creating turnovers, resulting in easy buckets in transition.

The Eagles finished the game on a 37-19 run, giving them the win. Junior Joey Sedlacko was a big factor in Centennial’s comeback win. Leading the team in scoring, Sedlacko finished with 15 points, leading his team to victory.

The Centennial Boys’ basketball team will travel to Marriotts Ridge for their next game, on Wednesday, January 9.

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