Centennial steals Senior Night from Summit
By Austin Stanley, for the Herald
Trevis Batts knocked down two free throws with 6.4 seconds to go in the game to give the Centennial Cougars (8-17, 3-10 11-AAA) a 46-45 win at Summit to end the regular season.
The Spartans (8-16, 3-10 11AAA) had one more chance to win the game as Summit’s all time leading scorer, Grant Robison missed a contested 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
Centennial Coach Lawanza Crutcher was proud to see Batts’ free throws drop in crunch time to show the practice time was paying off.
“That’s something we’ve been working on all season and we’ve been struggling all season,” Crutcher said. “Those were big free throws, (Batts) stepped up with the pressure and down by one.”
Batts finished the game with 9 points off the bench, but the load of the scoring was done by forward Tyrel Dodson who scored a game high 19, with 15 in the second half and an 11 point third quarter.
“We’ve been working on (Dodson) about trying to play stronger, tougher and to finish at the basket,” Crutcher said. “We have missed easy baskets all season. It’s been the difference in several ball games so for it to come together right now going into tournament time is a great time for it to come together.”
Dodson was also a perfect 6-6 at the free throw line and the entire Cougar team was 13-17 on the night from the stripe.
Centennial trailed for nearly the entire game after first quarter. Down 40-37 at the beginning of the fourth quarter the Cougars went on a 6-0 run and held Summit scoreless for the first 4:25 of the quarter. A change up in the defense philosophy got Centennial back in the game.
“Anytime we were able to go past 10 passes we were able to get stops,” Crutcher said. “The baskets they were getting early were quick hitters early in the offense or early in transition.”
The defensive lockdown spoiled Summit’s senior night which sent off Robison, DaMonte Williams, Philip Sheary and Jack Klein. Robison scored 11 with the other three seniors combining for 16 points playing heavy minutes. Freshman John Carter led the Spartans with 13.
Lady Spartans get a big night from Crawford, Esmon
Senior point guard Teondra Crawford, who play her freshman year at Centennial, scored 18 points in her last game at Summit High School in the 45-36 win over Centennial.
Crawford set the tempo with defensive intensity and creativity on offense that lead to buckets by her teammates. Crawford’s running mate, forward Zacharyia Esmon also scored 18 points as the duo dominated both ends of the floor for Summit (9-16, 2-9 11AAA).
With time running down in the fourth quarter, Summit called on Crawford to dribble out the clock while weaving through Lady Cougar defenders.
Centennial was lead in scoring by Shaw Hammond with 9 points. Jordan Johnson scored 7 while Mia Esmond and Delani Distefario each had 6 points.
Posted on: 2/8/2014