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Girls Basketball: Knights dominate regular season finale with collective effort

Century's Demma Hall drives down the court during the first half of the Knights' loss to the Eagles in Eldersburg Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.
Century's Demma Hall drives down the court during the first half of the Knights' loss to the Eagles in Eldersburg Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO)

ELDERSBURG — Playoffs are just around the corner and things might be starting to look up for Century’s girls basketball team.

The Knights went 0-7 to start the season and lost nine of their first 11 games. Since that patch, the Knights have won five games, including a dominating 61-24 victory Friday over Owings Mills.

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“We started playing more as a team in the second half of the year,” Knights senior Kelsey Weishaar said. “We have a variation of age on our team and I think it took a little bit to adjust and we needed to see how each other played and I think we started working things out toward the end of the season.”

Weishaar, one of the team’s captains, scored a game-high 29 points against the Golden Eagles. Sophomore forward Jess Diorio scored 10.

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Century (7-15) never trailed against Owings Mills.

Century guards Demma Hall and Sarah Deese hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Knights an 18-11 lead in the second quarter. The team went on a 7-0 run and notched a pair of steals to take control on the defensive front. Another scoring run ensued for the Knights and they entered halftime leading 32-15.

Century basketball coach Heather Semies talks with players during the first half of their game in Eldersburg Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.
Century basketball coach Heather Semies talks with players during the first half of their game in Eldersburg Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO)

That run continued in the third quarter as the Knights dominated the court, scoring 24 straight points before the Golden Eagles hit a layup with 2:22 remaining in the frame. The Golden Eagles wouldn’t score again in the frame. Junior Sammy Mowder and Weishaar traded points back to back to help the Knights stay on top.

Up 58-24 in the fourth, the Knights got an extra three points on a jump shot from Diorio before the buzzer sounded.

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“I think it was huge because it allowed us to take the stuff we’re learning in practice and put it in a game without having a ton of pressure with everybody worrying about making shots, that kind of thing,” Knights junior Emily Kain said. “Everyone was kind of confident and once you put your confidence out there, you’re able to take shots.”

First-year coach Heather Semies said a lot of hard work has gone into her first season at the helm of a program that won just one game last year. She came in very naive at first, she said, but things gradually evened out as she taught the girls to challenge one another.

“I knew we were going to be better than last season just because I knew the talent I had,” Semies said. “There were some things we had to work through at the beginning of the season and our first couple tilts, we got hit with Man Valley and Westminster … ‘Do we have to climb a mountain to start the season, really?’

“That was tough but as the season has gone on, I’ve watched them grow and develop and do all the things I kept saying to do and they’re figuring it out with a little trial and error but it’s been so fantastic. This game, even though that probably wasn’t our biggest challenge as far as opponent, it was so fun to watch them just play basketball today.”

Century (61): Jess Diorio 10, Sarah Deese 3 Madison Plitt 1, Madison Semies 1, Sammy Mowder 7, Delaney Tofil 1, Angelina Bruno 6, Emily Kain 1, Demma Hall 5, Kelsey Weishaar 29.

Halftime: Century, 32-15.

NOTE: Complete box score information was unavailable.

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