The sub-varsity boys basketball squads hosted cross-town rival Burleson High School on Friday night in a pivotal district contest.
The freshman A team came up short in their bid for a comeback with rival BHS. The Spartans slow start offensively had them playing catch up the rest of the competition. The Spartans battled back from a 15 point deficit to bring the game to within five. A Centennial personal foul and then a following technical foul ended the momentum for the Spartans with the Elks hitting four consecutive free-throws to extend their lead and ultimately seal the 50-42 victory.
Braden Elrod lead Centennial with 11 points while Jordan Weeks tossed in 8 points in the defeat.
The junior varsity team got off to a quick start in the rivalry game. The Spartans outscored the Elks 19-12 in the opening quarter with 17 of those points coming from guard Keryn Collins. The offense continued to roll along with some stellar defense from Centennial in the second period to hold Burleson to 6 points and score 21 points to take a 22 point lead at half. Collins continued to pace the offense with 15 points in the second quarter.
The Elks made some adjustments in the second period slowing the Spartan offense and capitalizing on some turnovers to bring the game back to 11 points entering the final quarter of play. The Spartans were outscored by four in the final period, but were able to close the game out at the free-throw line along with a fanatic dunk by guard Marek Kerr to put seal the 68-61 victory over BHS.
Keryn Collins lead all scorers with 38 points while Marek Kerr added 18 points along with his first in game dunk.
Both sub-varsity teams will travel to Crowley next Tuesday to take on the Eagles.