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Schoolcraft defeats Centreville to win Class C district title

By: Alysia Babcock, March 7, 2015, 12:00 am

Schoolcraft – If high school basketball games were decided by the enthusiasm of their fans then the Centreville would have won tonight.

  “The Ville” came out in droves to support the Lady Bulldogs who came up short to the Schoolcraft Eagles 44-32 in a Class C district final at Schoolcraft.

The first quarter was dominated by Schoolcraft (11-11), which played an aggressive defense (six fouls in the first quarter).

Schoolcraft showed different looks with a full court press which stunned the Bulldogs and the Eagles lead 14-3 at the end of the first.

The Eagles increased their lead to 20-3 with 5:27 left in the half due to strong defense, still using the full court press and forcing Centreville into turnovers.

  The Eagles used a balance offense with Wynn Still hanging tough in the paint which lead to easy baskets and solid outside shooting form her teammates.  Centreville seemed to have a momentum swing when a Schoolcraft turnover led to Emma Herr’s 3-point play.

 Another Schoolcraft turnover led to Bailee May’s 3-point play and Centreville had cut the deficit to 11.

  Schoolcraft held a 25-13 half lead.

The second half started out well for the Bulldogs when May rebounded a miss and made two free throws.

Centreville freshman Brittany Morris came off the bench and sparked her team with a quick basket and a defensive rebound that lead to another basket and the lead was cut to nine.

  Schoolcraft freshmen, Kennedy Leighton and Lydia Gobles, responded as each made 3-point baskets to give the Eagles a 33-20 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Goble started the fourth quarter with another 3-pointer basket.

 Centreville kept the game exciting by pressuring defensively and creating turnovers. Centreville cut the lead to nine with 2:05 left by getting the ball to May in the paint.

The Eagles responded with 3-point baskets by Leighton and Goble.

  “We were a little undisciplined,” Schoolcraft coach Randy Small said. “They were not where they needed to be on defense. We need to shore up our defense in our next game.”