Centerburg and Mount Gilead faced off in Girl’s basketball KMAC action Tuesday Night and the Indians came to the Heart of Ohio and stunned the Lady Trojans 34-27. Mount Gilead (9-7, 5-4) never trailed in picking up a signature conference victory.
Aubrey Thomas got the scoring started for the Indians and the game at the 4:40 mark with a bucket. Greer Simpson added a bucket and Thomas hit a pair of free throws to go up 6-0. Tiara Sheppard got a free throw for Centerburg at the 57 second mark to get the Lady Trojans (9-3, 5-2) on the board. Mount Gilead added a score from Danielle Pohlkotte to take an 8-1 lead to the second quarter.
In the second period the Indians extended their lead with another bucket by Thomas. Kenlee Fairall hit Centerburg’s field goal with a three at the 624 mark to get the Lady Trojans within 6. Sheppard and Kayla Larimore went back to back on buckets to cut the lead to 10-8. However the Lady Indians answered right back with a 2 by Simpson, a free throw by Kendall Neal to go up 13-8. Larimore scored on back to back buckets to get the Trojans within a point by Irwin and Thomas went back to back for the Indians to go up17-12. Centerburg was fouled on a three at the buzzer but for the second time this season missed all three shots at the end of a quarter.
In the third Fairall got a steal and lay in to make it 17-14 Indians and after a pair of missed free throws by Larimore Evie Stowe got a steal and score for the Lady Trojans to get within a point. Thomas hit a free throw and Pohlkotte nailed a three followed by a Simpson 2 for the Lady Indians to got up 23-16 at the 333 mark. Kennedy Glenn hit a three but Faith White and Simpson each got a score to help the Lady Indians go to the fourth 27-19.
In the fourth Thomas scored again before Larimore answered to keep it a nine point game with 533 left. After Kennedy nailed another 3 Centerburg trailed by 6 with 512 left but Pohlkotte hit a three of her own to answer to go back up 9 with 419 left. The Lady Trojans got a free throw and a Larimore 2 to go up 6 but a free throw by Thomas increased the lead to 34-27 and was the final.
Thomas had 10 points for Mount Gilead while Centerburg was led by 10 points from Larimore.