Centennial’s girls had to wait a little longer than most of the rest of the county to get its season underway, but on Tuesday against Glenelg at Cattail Creek in the team’s opening match the team was more than ready to handle its business.
Led by 19 points from senior Isabel Trojillo, along with between nine and 12 points from the team’s other three players, the Eagles cruised to a 52-29 victory.
“I’ve been excited all year long, ever since the [end of] last season,” Trojillo said. “To play here at Cattail for our first match, I mean it’s kind of hard. … But we are all working hard and still improving, so I think as we get more into the season I think you will see some better scores.”
Centennial had been scheduled to play Howard last week, but that match was postponed. That made the round against Glenelg, the team’s first official match of the fall.
Trojillo, who was a first-team all-county player last year, battled through a roller coaster day against the Gladiators that featured a little bit of everything. There were three pars, but also a pair of double bogeys. She said she tried to remain positive throughout.
“I tried to just say one hole at a time. I tried not to get upset because that would affect all the other shots,” Trojillo said. “I definitely had to dig deep inside … keep on going and persevere.”
Behind their leader, Centennial got 12 points apiece from Joanna Park and Megumi Fukuzawa. Both girls made pars on the third hole to highlight their rounds. Morgan Taylor then chipped in with nine points to complete the team’s scoring.
On the other side, Glenelg got strong rounds from both Alex Stone (12 points) and Ally Abruscato (11) in the loss.
Big picture, after finishing the season 10-1 last year, Trojillo thinks she and her Centennial teammates are ready for even bigger things this fall.
“Starting off with a win really gives us a lot of motivation going into our upcoming matches, especially against Howard,” Trojillo said.
Centennial 52, Glenelg 29
C (1-0): Trojillo 19, Fukuzawa 12, Park 12, Taylor 9.
G (1-1): Stone 12, Abruscato 11, Ruddo 4, Kunzelman 2.
Other girls scores:
Marriotts Ridge 45, Oakland Mills 0
The Mustangs improved to 2-0 on the young season behind a pair of strong rounds from Faith McIlvain (25 points) and Julianna Dorsch (20). The team will get its first tough test of the year against three-time defending county-champion Howard on Thursday.
MR (2-0): McIlvain 25, Dorsch 20.
OM (0-2): N/A.
Howard 54, Atholton 0
Defending county Player of the Year Jacqueline Cherry opened her senior season with a round of 25 points (2-over par) to lead the Lions. Alex Abrams also played well with 19 points.
Howard will play Marriotts Ridge on Thursday at Waverly Woods.
Ho (1-0): Cherry 25, Abrams 19, Lurie 10.
A (0-1-1): N/A.
Wilde Lake 25, Long Reach 0
The Wildecats improved to 2-0 on the season, getting another balanced effort. First-year player Sarah Spall scored a team-high 11 points, including her first birdie on the fifth hole at Fairway Hills. Lee Lee Sands chipped in with a 10-point day.
WL (2-0): Spall 11, Sands 10, Patel 2, Shin 2.
LR (0-1-1): N/A.
Mt. Hebron 11, Reservoir 8
MH (2-0): Bodziak 6, Perna 2, Flack 2, Milano 1.
Re (0-2): Skedsvold 5, Smith 3.
River Hill 15, Hammond 3
RH (1-1): Lesho 7, Zhao 5, Berg 3.
Ha (0-2): Ina 2, Shreya 1.
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