Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 11:48 pm
Centura girls hold off Doniphan-Trumbull

The Centura girls basketball team did just enough.

Despite scoring only four points and going 0-for-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, the Centurions made the key stop when they needed to in coming away with a 42-41 victory over Doniphan-Trumbull Tuesday.

The Cardinals had a chance to win the game at the end, but Jordyn Brummund missed a shot and the buzzer sounded as both teams were fighting for possession of the ball.

For the game, the Centurions were 10-of-48 from the floor. Centura coach Kathy Mettenbrink said the ball was going where it needed to go, but it just wouldn’t go down.

"We did a great job execuating our offense, we just couldn’t get the shots to go down," Mettenbrink said. "We got the ball where we wanted to. Those are correctable mistakes. It almost became a mental thing to us because that probably got into our heads at the free-throw line, especially late in the game."

Annika Gleason scored seven points in the opening quarter in helping Centura get out to a 14-5 lead, forcing Doniphan-Trumbull to play catchup the rest of the way.

Centura led by as many as 26-14 late in the second quarter. But the Cardinals made a comeback, thanks to the play of Kaylee Glover. The senior put up seven of her game-high 14 points to help bring Doniphan-Trumbull to within 28-22 at the break.

Doniphan-Trumbull trimmed it to one four times in the second half but could never pull ahead.

Mady Roth paced the Centurions with 12 points, while Gleason put up 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Glover, who scored the final basket for the Cardinals, also had 14 rebounds to go along with her 14 points. Mettenbrink said she thought Doniphan-Trumbull played a good game.

"They are athletic and quick," Mettenbrink said. "Give them credit because they played us well."

Cardinal coach Mark Davis said he was really pleased to see them come back after falling behind in the first quarter.

"The girls really battled back tonight after digging ourselves a hole in the first quarter," he said. "The girls showed some heart because it would have been easy for them to quit after the first quarter. That’s really all you can ask for."

Centura 42, Doniphan-Trumbull 41

A.Roth 1-3 0-1 2, Deines 0-0 0-0 0, Krolikowski 3-17 3-5 9, M. Roth 5-8 2-5 12, Neville 0-6 0-0 0, Wells 3-7 0-1 9, Gleason 3-7 3-4 10. Totals 10-48 8-16 52.

Groshans 2-10 0-2 5, Pfeifer 0-0 0-0 0, Baasch 0-1 0-0 0, Hinrichs 5-10 1-1 11, Brummund 2-5 3-4 7, H. Tarnick 0-0 0-0 0, Mazour 2-3 0-0 4, Glover 5-11 3-5 14. Totals 16-40 7-12 41.

Centura ....................... 14 14 10 4—42
Doniphan-Trumbull ....... 5 17 11 8—41

3-point field goals—CEN 4-13 (Wells 3-7, Gleason 1-1, Krolikowski 0-2, Neville 0-4), DT 2-9 (Groshans 1-4, Glover 1-2, Hinrichs 0-2, Brummund 0-1). Fouled out—none. Rebounds—CEN 30 (Gleason 13) DT 32 (Glover 14). Turnovers— CEN 15, DT 17. Total fouls—CEN 14, DT 15. Technicals—None.

Doniphan-Trumbull boys 53, Centura 31

The play on the floor might not have looked pleasing to Doniphan-Trumbull coach Steve Hartman.

But he’ll take the end result.

The Class C-2, No. 6 Cardinals had four players scored in double figures to improve to 9-1 on the season with a 53-31 win over Centura Tuesday.

Doniphan-Trumbull was 25-of-54 (46 percent) from the floor and did have 12 turnovers but Hartman said he thought the Cardinals were in a bit of a hurry.

"We did a great job of forcing turnovers (18) but we couldn’t turn them into points," Hartman said. "We didn’t finish a lot of plays. We were just too quick offensively."

The Cardinals jumped out of the gates and led 8-0 just 1 minute, 20 seconds into the game. Centura stayed with Doniphan-Trumbull for a while and trailed 23-13 at the break.

The Cardinals pulled away with a key 6-0 second-half run when Jordan Slough nailed a short jumper, followed by a Loronzo Williams basket for a 36-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Williams had a steal and layup to put Doniphan-Trumbull up 38-20 and cruised from there.

Travis Holcomb led the Centurions with 13 points. Centura coach Dave Oman, who coached the Cardinals for three years until the 2011-12 season, said they are probably going to be the best team the Centurions will play this year.

"They are a good ballteam," Oman said. "They have kids that are three-year starters and they play well together. I thought we played hard but we just couldn’t get much done offensively."

Slough and Creighton Buhr led Doniphan-Trumbull with 12 points each, while Riley Wiltfong added 11 and Grady Koch chipped in 10. Hartman said the Cardinals are in the middle part of a tough stretch. After coming away with hard-fought wins over Ravenna (43-40) and Grand Island Central Catholic (41-39 OT) last week, Doniphan-Trumbull faces Gibbon Friday and Adams Central Saturday.

"This is a tough stretch for us," Hartman said. "We had two emotional games last week and that took a lot out of us. That probably showed today. We have two big road games this weekend. The kids know that. We’ll have to execuate better if we want to come away with wins."

Doniphan-Trumbull 53, Centura 31

CENTURA (2-10)
Hansen 1-6 0-0 2, Caspersen 1-4 1-2 4, Lemburg 2-7 1-2 7, Osburn 0-0 0-1 0, Myers 1-7 1-2 3, Guzman 1-6 0-0 2, Hickok 0-1 0-0 0, Linnemeyer 0-1 0-0 0, Christensen 0-1 0-0 0, Holcomb 6-8 1-3 13, McInturf 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-41 4-10 31.

Keller 0-2 0-0 0, Slough 2-8 0-0 4, Buhr 5-10 2-5 12, Williams 6-13 0-0 12, Koch 5-5 0-0 10, Critel 2-3 0-0 4, Wiltfong 5-12 0-0 11, Christensen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 2-5 53.

Centura ......................... 8 5 7 11—31
Doniphan-Trumbull ........ 16 7 13 17—53

3-point field goals—CEN 2-9 (Lemburg 2-4, Myers 0-3, Christensen 0-1, Linnemeyer 0-1). DT 1-16 (Wiltfong 1-5, Slough 0-4, Buhr 0-3, Williams 0-2, Critel 0-1, Keller 0-1) Fouled out—none. Rebounds—CEN 26 (Hickok 7), DT 42 Koch, Wiltfong 9). Turnovers—CEN 18, DT 12. Total fouls—CEN 12, DT 11. Technicals—none.

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