A slow start doomed the Centennial girls basketball team in its postseason opener.
The 12th-seeded Stars were outscored 20-7 in the first quarter and trailed 32-16 at halftime in a 70-35 loss at seventh-seeded Bloom-Carroll in the second round of the Division II district tournament Feb. 21.
The Bulldogs scored in double digits in every quarter -- Centennial only managed that with an 11-point fourth quarter -- and were led by senior guard Makenzee Mason's 32-point performance.
"Through the whole thing, it kind of came down to a couple things where we were missing shots we should have finished -- we were getting the shots we wanted just not making them -- and then our transition defense was terrible," coach Pete Baumann said. "We were not finding shooters. We were not stopping the ball. So if you miss a couple layups and give up a couple transition baskets every quarter, the lead gets out of control."
Senior forward Naa Dromo Korley led the Stars with 11 points, followed by senior guard Jayana Harley with eight.
The Stars finished 16-7 overall and 10-4 in the City League-North Division, third behind Northland (14-0) and Beechcroft (12-2).
Korley was named first-team all-league. Harley and senior forward Tyler Johnson were named honorable mention all-league.
"I'm really impressed," Baumann said. "We had a variety of different struggles between injuries, illness and people having to change their role as the season went on. They kept adjusting, they kept rolling with it and they turned it around and did a really good job."
Expected key returnees include junior forward CiCi Dingess, sophomore forwards Lauren Bailey and Z'niya Peterson and sophomore guard Amari Scott.
Wrestlers tie for seventh in City
The wrestling team tied for seventh in the City tournament Feb. 22 at home.
The Stars had two second-place finishers and two fourth-place finishers.
Sophomores Oliver Koehler (113 pounds) and Alvin Forte (160) placed second while seniors Kyle Hicks (152) and Maurice Lemons (170) finished fourth.
Walnut Ridge won the City title for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time in six years.
The Scots scored 202 points in the tournament to capture the championship ahead of Northland (173), which placed second for the second consecutive year. Whetstone finished third (164), followed by Mifflin (98), Beechcroft and West (both 95),
Centennial and South (both 79), Briggs (62), Linden-McKinley (61), East (53.5) and Marion- Franklin (11).
Walnut Ridge also won its second consecutive City team dual tournament Jan. 30.
The Stars will compete in a Division II sectional Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29, at Licking Valley. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the district tournament March 6 and 7 at Wilmington.
Boys squad begins tourney
The 14th-seeded boys basketball team opened the postseason at home against 15th-seeded Licking Valley on Feb. 26 in the first round of the Division II district tournament.
The winner plays at third-seeded DeSales on Saturday, Feb. 29, and that winner plays second-seeded Heath, 10th-seeded Granville or 22nd-seeded Sparta Highland in a district semifinal Wednesday, March 4, at a neutral site.
The Stars wrapped up the regular season Feb. 18 with a 63-59 loss to Olentangy to drop to 9-13.
Bowlers compete at sectional tourney
The boys and girls bowling teams concluded their seasons in the Division I sectional at HP Lanes.
The boys finished 23rd (3,345) behind champion Reynoldsburg (3,991) on Feb. 21 and the girls finished 18th (2,759) behind champion Westerville Central (3,653) on Feb. 22.
The top 16 teams and top 16 individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to district. The boys were 153 pins behind 16th-place Groveport and the girls were 24 pins behind 16th-place Pickerington Central.
Junior Kylie Crissinger-Acuna led the girls with a 434 three-game series, finishing 54th of 192 bowlers. Senior Izabelle Segovia (431, 60th), senior Sarah Clifton (361, 125th) and junior Yazmine Segovia (344, 136th) also rolled three games.
Senior Joe Thies led the boys with a 510, finishing 72nd of 270 bowlers. Senior A.J. Grumbling (490, 84th), junior Nick Loudner (483, 94th) and senior Phil Thomas (446, 117th) also rolled three games.