The Centennial High School boys basketball team suffered a prolonged scoring drought and had difficulty matching up to Hartley's big bodies during a 69-46 loss to the fourth-seeded Hawks in the second round of the Division II district tournament March 3.
"We had a rough first half against a very good basketball team," said coach Roosevelt Osborne III, whose team finished 12-11. "They got a ton of offensive rebounds and putbacks and then we hit a stretch where we had some turnovers and couldn't put the ball in the basket even when we had good looks."
The Stars, who were seeded 12th of 22 teams, led 9-6 midway through the first quarter before the host Hawks used a 19-3 run to take a 25-12 lead three minutes into the second quarter.
Centennial had just a 3-pointer from senior guard Gary Elder from 4:48 of the first quarter until 4:56 of the second quarter.
The Hawks led 35-23 at halftime and 50-31 entering the fourth quarter.
"We had to have everyone play good games to get through (Hartley) and that didn't happen," Osborne said. "In the second half, we got a bit fatigued and got into some foul trouble. You put all those things together and it becomes very difficult to make a run against a team as good as Hartley."
Senior point guard Sean Tyson and junior forward Myles Martinez scored 13 points apiece to lead the Stars. Elder finished with 11 points and freshman guard Jaylen Gilbert added eight.
Centennial defeated 16th-seeded Licking Valley 76-65 in a first-round home game Feb. 26, as Tyson scored 23 points to lead five Stars in double figures. Martinez had 15 points, junior forward Ira Campbell scored 12 and Elder and Gilbert added 11 apiece.
"Even though we didn't play particularly well in that game, we were very happy that the seniors got a win in their final home game," Osborne said. "We started slow in that one, but were able to pick it up and put together enough good minutes to get the job done."
Season concludes for bowling teams
Representing the boys bowling team, sophomore Joe Thies finished 20th of 105 competitors in the Division I district tournament March 3 at HP Lanes, rolling games of 138, 237 and 178 for a 553 series.
In the girls district tournament, freshman Kylie Crissinger-Acuna (439) placed 28th of 102 competitors and senior Cindy Mullins (351) was 75th.
The top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state this weekend at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Thies may have advanced with a better first game, as Olentangy Liberty's Daniel Valz earned the final individual state berth with a 596 that placed him fifth overall. Northland's Cameron Singer (656) and Groveport's Chaz Wilson (653) took the top two state-qualifying spots by finishing first and second overall.
The girls individual state qualifiers were Briggs' Dakota Fink (574, second), Eastmoor Academy's Averi Brown (564, third) and Delaware's Kelsey Rohrer (550, fourth).
All three Stars advanced to district as individual qualifiers from the sectional at HP Lanes. Thies was 36th (515) of 220 competitors on Feb. 23, as the boys were 33rd (2,795) of 38 teams. The top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to district.
Also bowling three games were sophomore A.J. Grumbling (406) and freshman Nick Loudner (393). Also competing were senior Dan Havens and sophomores Matt Campbell, Max Napier and Philip Thomas.
The boys finished 3-7 in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-B Division to place ninth and did not have a non-league match.
In the girls sectional Feb. 24, Mullins rolled a 446 to tie for 43rd and Crissinger-Acuna had a 426 to place 56th, as the Stars finished 22nd (2,591) of 37 teams. Freshman Electra Holt rolled a 355, followed by sophomore Izabelle Segovia (333). Sophomore Sarah Clifton also competed.
The girls finished seventh in the COHSBC-B at 5-5 and did not have a non-league match.
Progress by wrestlers was interrupted late
The wrestling team's progress this season was halted by injuries and academic difficulties.
The good news is the Stars had just three seniors on the roster.
Centennial's season ended in a Division II sectional Feb. 22 and 23 at Licking Valley. The Stars had just three competitors, all juniors, in the lineup and none finished in the top four in his weight class to qualify for district.
"We lost four kids to grades and all four were in the lineup," coach Brian Knisley said. "We had a bunch of others that we didn't think were ready to compete in the sectional."
At sectional, Lamont Rankin placed sixth at 220 pounds and finished the season 8-9. Flaviano DiPaolo (138) went 0-2 and finished 15-15, and Oscar Espino (heavyweight) went 2-2 and finished 11-19.
Sophomore Kyle Hicks (145) was ill and did not compete.
The Stars finished 20th (10) of 22 teams behind champion Caledonia River Valley (169).
In the City League tournament Feb. 17, the Stars placed 10th (25) behind host Mifflin (186.5), East (174), West (162), Whetstone (141.5), Walnut Ridge (136), South (98), Linden-McKinley (76), Marion-Franklin (60) and Northland (31) and ahead of Beechcroft (24) and Independence (6).
DiPaolo placed third, Espino finished fifth and Hicks and Rankin both placed sixth.
Those lost to academic issues were senior Vincey Vargo (182), junior Brandon Hicks (113) and sophomores John Hewlett (132) and Xyion Newton (170).
@Brad_ThisWeekAt a glance
*Record: Boys -- 3-7 overall, 3-7 (ninth) in COHSBC-B; Girls -- 5-5 overall, 5-5 (seventh) in COHSBC-B
*Seniors lost: Boys -- Dan Havens and E.J. Macarus; Girls -- Danielle Davis and Cindy Mullins
*Key returnees: Boys -- A.J. Grumbling, Nick Loudner and Joe Thies; Girls -- Kylie Crissinger-Acuna and Izabelle Segovia
*Finishes: 10th in City, 20th at sectional
*Seniors lost: Louis Hough, Tanner Radford and Vincey Vargo
*Key returnees: Flaviano DiPaolo, Oscar Espino, John Hewlett, Brandon Hicks, Kyle Hicks, Xyion Newton, Lamont Rankin and Michael Santiago