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Centennial girls basketball comes from behind to stun C. Milton Wright, 42-38

Centennial sophomore Rasa Welsh talks about the Eagles 42-38 victory over visiting C. Milton Wright on Monday, Dec. 11.

It was a tale of two halves for Centennial on Monday night against C. Milton Wright.

Luckily for the Eagles, it was the second half that ended up deciding the game’s outcome.

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After trailing by 17 points at the half, Centennial regrouped behind an efficient offense and swarming zone defense to come all the way back and earn a 42-38 home win. The Eagles held the Mustangs to just four points in the fourth quarter and none over the final four minutes.

“I can honestly say I’ve never been a part of a game like that,” Centennial coach Rob Slopek said. “We literally couldn’t get anything going in that first half and then all of a sudden everything we drew up worked in the second half.”

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It was a team effort that brought Centennial (1-0, 2-1) back against C. Milton Wright, but the leader if the charge was undoubtedly sophomore Rasa Welsh. She finished with a game-high 19 points, all in the second half.

She said it wasn’t just scoring, though, that made the difference in the comeback.

“It takes a lot of energy to get over [that hump],” Welsh said. “I feel like it was just up to us to chip away at the little things, like get a basket here and basket there.

“Whatever we did … it worked and it helped us to get our energy even higher and eventually win.”

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Sydney Frank (12 points) and Moriah Snyder (11) were the leaders in the loss for the Mustangs and both were major reasons they were able to jump out to the early advantage.

C. Milton Wright held a 13-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and then didn’t allow Centennial to make a field goal in the second quarter en route to a 25-8 lead.

During intermission, Slopek said he and his coaching staff came up with an entirely new game plan.

“We went in the locker room and drew something up on the board that we actually had never run before. We went to a four-guard lineup and decided lets see if we can change up the momentum,” Slopek said. “Our girls just responded so well. We told them at halftime, our goal was to make them call the first timeout in the third quarter and they did that. Then it was just one possession at a time after that and before you know it, you look up and we were right back in it.”

Centennial closed to within 34-27 by the end of the third quarter and kept narrowing that gap immediately to start the fourth quarter. Finally, with 2:26 left in regulation, the Eagles took their first lead when junior Chandler Worthy made a lay-up to put her team ahead 39-38.

After that, Centennial didn’t allow another point and the duo of Welsh and Jordan Dossett (8 points) combined to make three foul shots to seal the victory.

The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday against Mt. Hebron.

Centennial 42, C. Milton Wright 38

C (1-0, 2-0): Welsh 19, Dossett 8, Worthy 5, Anderson 3, Molz 2, Hamshey 2, Lambert 2, Rockefeller 1.

CMW: S. Frank 12, Snyder 11, Marchetti 9, Bukowski 3, C. Frank 3.

Half: 25-8 CMW.

Other scores:

River Hill 66, Glen Burnie 34

RH (1-0, 3-0): Dawit 15, S. Jackson 12, Masker 9, King 8, Clark 8, E. Jackson 6, O’Keefe 4, Wesche 2, McCormick 2.

GB: Brown 9, Dews 6, T. Harris 6, Young 5, Bowdry 4, J. Harris 2, Dorsey 2.

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