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Hoops: Centennial teams pull away late to sweep Smyrna at home

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Taner Lee 

FRANKLIN – The Centennial High School basketball teams picked up a sweep of visiting Smyrna on their home court Friday night. 

The Cougar girls posted a 47-39 victory, while the Centennial boys picked up a 58-51 win. 

Centennial girls 47, Smyrna 39 

The Cougars improved to 4-1 on the season paced by a double-double from junior Bethany Wright, who tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds Friday. 

The visitors put a scare into the home team late. In the final two minutes, the Bulldogs rallied with a 14-1 run capped by a top-of-the-key 3-pointer from junior Destiny King to pull within 44-39 after trailing by 15 to start the final frame.   

With eight seconds remaining, Centennial’s Addison Gorday put the game out of reach with her own 3-poiner from the corner.  

The Cougars allowed just nine points out of the break and Wright's old-fashioned 3-point play had cemented the home team's biggest lead at 43-25 before the Smyrna comeback attempt. 

“Every win right now is important,” Centennial coach Bruce Hamilton said. “Bethany Wright was unbelievable today. It was a good team win.”

“It is a teamwork thing,” Wright said. “We all are just really close and work together well. Coach Hamilton is a great coach.”

Centennial started out strong in the opening quarter grabbing a 12-7 lead with half of those points coming in the paint by Wright.

After Smyrna pulled even early in the second, Centennial went on a 6-0 run with Gorday drilling another triple to cap the spurt as the Cougars opened up a lead they never relinquished. 

“We just have really good chemistry,” Wright said of her team. “We work together well. All of it just goes to coach and everyone that helps us get better.”

Centennial led 26-16 at the break with Gorday adding another 3 and junior Callie Lacher beating the buzzer with a jumper. 

Centennial will trek to Columbia Central next. 

“They are super quick and have really good guard play,” Hamilton said. “We will find out a lot about our team with it being our first road trip. 

"They are going to get after us.”

Centennial boys 58, Smyrna 51 

Both teams stayed within four points of each other throughout the fourth quarter until Malaki Moore sank his fifth 3-pointer of the night to extend Centennial's slim lead and push the Cougars out of reach. 

Moore drilled a fadeaway triple with 1:18 left for a 54-48 lead late. Juniors Dominic Reed and Taner Lee knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the Centennial advantage down the stretch. Smryna hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to narrow the gap. 

“We share the ball really well,” Centennial coach Jeremy Moore said. “It is not like we have one guy getting 25 shots a game. We are pretty balanced and like to make the right play at the right time.

“We just find the open guy and whoever is open they are going to get the shot." 

Moore said his team hit the shots they needed and rebounded well in the final frame. Moore closed with 15 points, Lee hit for 14 and Reed had 13 in the win. 

“It was tied going into the fourth quarter,” senior Malaki Moore said. “We just kept our composure, made good passes and came out with the win.”

In the first quarter, Smyrna broke the 13-13 tie at the buzzer with a 3-pointer from TJ Lee for the slim edge. 

The two teams traded buckets in the second and went into the half knotted at 27-27. The game remained tied entering the fourth. 

Coach Moore said he hopes his team continues to play solid defense headed into the trip to Columbia. 

“Columbia Central is an opportunity to play a tough team on the road,” he said. “We have a veteran team that has a lot of experience, so we will prepare for them.”  

Centennial girls 47, Smyrna 39

SHS 7 9 9 14 – 39

CHS 12 14 14 7 – 47

SHS (39) – Janae Edmondson 6, Tonijah Johnson 3, Ottiuna Norman 6, Meelah Edinbugh 2, Destiny King 6, Amiya Saffold 4, Emma Brooks 8, Dee Hill 4.

CHS (47) – Addison Gorday 13, Callie Lacher 2, Jules Garrison 2, Bethany Wright 18, Miki Murasawa 22, Mabry Simmons 2, AJ Lein 3, Caroline Kokes 5.

3-pointers – SHS 3 (Edmondson 2 King); CHS 3 (Gorday 3). Total Fouls – SHS 17, CHS 14. Fouled Out – None.

Centennial boys 58, Smyrna 51

SHS 16 11 12 12 – 51

CHS 13 14 12 19 – 58

SHS (51) – Elijah Armstrong 6, TJ Lee 12, Caleb Pastrana 2, Tyreque McCarver 3, Syrus Satterwhite 2, TJ Sims 12, Brandon Sanders 10, Donovan Peebles 4.

CHS (58) – Dominic Reed 13, Tanner Lee 14, Malaki Moore 15, Luke Burnett 3, JP Young 7, Tytus Tagatauli 3, Miles Katawala 3.

3-pointers – SHS 7 (Lee 2, Sanders 2, Sims 2, McCarver); CHS 6 (Moore 5, Lee). Total Fouls – SHS 18, CHS 12. Fouled Out – Satterwhite.

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