Pete Baumann has stepped down after three seasons as coach of the Centennial girls basketball team.

He compiled a 30-38 record with the Stars.

“I was just spreading myself too thin between work, home and basketball,” Baumann said. “I need to step away for a bit.”

The Stars finished 4-18 in Baumann’s first season but improved to 10-13 in 2018-19 before breaking out this season, going 16-7 overall and 10-4 in the City League-North Division to place third behind Northland (14-0) and Beechcroft (12-2).

Seeded 12th for the Division II district tournament, Centennial lost its postseason opener, falling to seventh-seeded Bloom-Carroll 70-35 in a second-round game Feb. 21.

The search for Baumann’s replacement has begun, according to athletics director Lucas Tuggle.

“Our primary focus is finding someone with strong leadership skills who can connect with young people and earn their respect, resulting in building a durable program,” Tuggle said.

The Stars will lose three key players to graduation in guard Jayana Harley and forwards Tyler Johnson and Naa Dromo Korley.

Korley averaged 13 points and nine rebounds and was named first-time all-league. Johnson and Harley averaged 11 and eight points, respectively, and were honorable mention all-league.

Expected key returnees include junior forward CiCi Dingess, sophomore forwards Lauren Bailey and Z'niya Peterson and sophomore guard Amari Scott.

Scott averaged seven points and five rebounds this winter.

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